Dr. Fred Deleyiannis

April 22nd, 2020

An artist, pure and simple

Dr. Fred Deleyiannis


Dr. Fred Deleyiannis is an artist, pure and simple, though is canvas is not paper or linen, but human beings.

A UCHealth plastic surgeon, Deleyiannis toils hours in operating rooms to restore vital function for people whose bodies have been ravaged by trauma or cancer.

He also makes it his mission to travel each year to Guatemala City to help children who have facial deformities – specifically deformities of the ears.

Deleyiannis fabricates an ear by taking bone from a number of ribs and carving them into the shape of an ear. He covers it with skin. During subsequent surgery, he adds more detail and projection to the ear.

Deleyiannis has traveled to Guatemala City every year for the last 15 years to rebuild the ears of children.

“Seeing the children from last year coming back for the second stage and seeing the change in the outlook, and how thankful they are for our continued commitment for taking care of them was particularly memorable,’’ he said.

Deleyiannis, who helps people who have been deformed by bullets, grizzly bears and cancer, said he cherishes the time he spends helping the children who have no access to reconstructive plastic surgeons.

“I think of it as kind of a responsibility to provide services to people who don’t have care. I have the training to provide a service that can help a lot of people. We return each year so we can provide critical care, as well as see new patients,’’ he said.
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UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.