Dr. Papastavrou studied medicine in Athens Kapodistrian University Medical School and trained in general Ophthalmology in the UK, at the Royal Victoria Infirmary University Hospital.

He has succeeded in the Greek Ophthalmology specialty exams in 2012, European board of ophthalmologists (FEBO) and Royal College of Ophthalmologists (MRCOphth) exams in 2013.

He has received subspecialty training (fellowship) in Medical Retina, Uveitis and Retinal Genetics with emphasis in the use of Electrophysiology for more than 2 years at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, 2nd largest centre for electrophysiology in the UK.

He subsequently completed 3 years of training in surgical retina at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Kings College Hospital (London) retinal units gaining experience in a variety of surgical retina conditions, as well as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening and treatment.

He currently works as a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary with main interest in Vitreoretinal, Medical Retina field.
Finally, he has been working with Newcastle University in various research projects including the study of rare genetic diseases and participated in stem cell disease transplant procedures, as part of multinational clinical trials.