Dr. Demetrios Papadopoulos was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended public elementary and high schools. His premedical studies were at Dartmouth College where he received a degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from Duke University in 1975, then completed a Pediatric Internship at Vanderbilt University and a Family Medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
In 1979 Dr. Papadopoulos founded Mt. Pleasant Family Practice where he served the community for 37 years until retirement, maintaining Board Certification throughout that time. For the first 6 years of his career he taught medical students and residents at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Well into his career, Dr. Papadopoulos realized that the “traditional” medical profession was not serving its patients in a full and comprehensive manner. That is when he decided to pursue studies in Integrative Medicine, which combines traditional medicine with evidence-based “complementary” and “alternative” approaches. In 2014, he completed the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned expert in the field. In 2015, he qualified for Board Certification in the specialty of Integrative Medicine with the first class of Diplomates.
During the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Dr. Papadopoulos became fascinated with Acupuncture. This treatment modality has been around for thousands of years and has benefited patients in a safe and effective manner for many medical and psychological problems. In 2015 he completed studies in Medical Acupuncture under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph Helms of the Helms Medical Institute. Over the course of 37 years Dr. Helms has trained over 4000 physicians in Medical Acupuncture. The training in Medical Acupuncture is designed for physicians to learn to perform acupuncture and encompasses studies in Ancient Chinese Medicine, which has served patients for thousands of years.
Dr. Papadopoulos has been married to his wife Valerie for 40 years. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. His passions include exercising, amateur astronomy, telescope building, and spending time with his family.