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Aristides Assimacopoulos, MD, FIDSA, FACP

Philosophy of Care

The doctor is there to help the patient make their quality of life better in as much as that is possible. That often means prescribing medications. However, simply starting a medication is not always the best solution to every problem. I try to listen and understand what is actually important to the patient and try to get the real root of the problem. If a non-medication solution is possible and appropriate, this is preferable. Open and honest communication between doctor and patient is very important, even if they don’t agree on everything. I offer patients advice based on current medical knowledge and try to maintain a healthy skepticism about standard medical advice. Medicine and health are not “one size fits all.” My patients get the same advice that I would give my own family member. I don’t mind admitting that I don’t know something and will take the time to find new or updated information.


Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.6
Based on 231 reviews

  • General

    SPECIALTIES

    • Internal Medicine


    BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine


    PATIENTS SEEN
    Accepts adults


    LANGUAGES

    • English
    • Greek


    MEDICAL INTERESTS
    Adult/Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, HIV, Hepatitis C and Telemedicine


    PERSONAL INTERESTS
    Family, Japanese karate and Byzantine music


  • Education

    EDUCATION
    School University of Minnesota
    Graduation Date 06/1991
    Degree MD

    RESIDENCY
    School University of Minnesota
    Title Resident in Internal Medicine

    FELLOWSHIPS
    School University of Minnesota
    Specialty Infectious Disease

  • Memberships

    • American College of Physicians
    • Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Awards and Accolades

    Name Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America
    Date 09/2004

    Name Fellow of the American College of Physicians
    Date 09/2004

  • Media/Published Articles

    • Turtinen LW, Assimacopoulos AP, Haase AT. Increased monokines in cytomegalovirus infected myelomonocytic cell cultures. Microbial Pathogenesis 1989; 7: 135-145. • Schlievert PM, Assimacopoulos AP, Cleary PP.
    • Severe invasive group A streptococcal disease: clinical description and mechanisms of pathogenesis. Lab Clin Med 1996;127:13-22. • Assimacopoulos AP and Schlievert PM.
    • Staphylococcal and streptococcal toxic shock and Kawasaki syndromes. In: Schlossberg D, ed. Current Therapy of Infectious Disease. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, 1996. • Wagner JG, Schlievert PM, Assimacopoulos AP, Stoehr JA, Carson PJ, Komandina K.
    • Acute group G streptococcal myositis with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome: case report, microbiology, and review of the literature. Clin Infect Dis 1996;23:1159-61. • Kim MA, Assimacopoulos AP, Schlievert PM.
    • Polymerase chain reaction amplification & southern hybridization detection of streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxins. In: Persing DH, ed. PCR Protocols for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Washington, DC: American Society for Microbiology, 1996. • Assimaco
    • Mitogenic Factors from Group G Streptococci Associated with Scarlet Fever and Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome. In: Streptococci and the host. Proceedings of the XIIIth Lancefield International symposium on streptococci and streptococcal diseases.
    • Staphylococcal and streptococcal toxic shock and Kawasaki syndromes. In: Kassirer JP and Green HL II, eds. Current Therapy in Internal Medicine. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, 1997. • Schlievert PM, Dunny GM, Stoehr JA, Assimacopoulos AP.
    • Aggregation and binding substances enhance pathogenicity in a rabbit model of enterococcus faecalis endocarditis. Adv Exp Med Biol 1997;418:789-91. • Assimacopoulos AP, Stoehr JA, Schlievert PM.
    • Mitogenic factors from group G streptococci associated with scarlet fever and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Adv Exp Med Biol 1997;418:109-14. • Schlievert PM, Gahr PJ, Assimacopoulos AP, Dinges MM.
    • Aggregation and binding substances enhance pathogenicity in rabbit models of enterococcus faecalis endocarditis. Infect Immun 1998;66:218-23. • Roggiani M, Assimacopoulos AP, Schlievert PM.
    • Exotoxins of Streptococcus pyogenes. In: Stevens DL and Kaplan EL, eds. Streptococcal Infections. New York: Oxford University Press, Chapter 4, pp57-75, 2000. • Assimacopoulos AP and Schlievert PM.
    • Staphylococcal and streptococcal toxic shock and Kawasaki syndromes. In: Schlossberg D, ed. Current Therapy of Infectious Disease. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, 2000. • Patrick M. Schlievert and Aristides P Assimacopoulos.
    • Toxic Shock Syndrome (Chapter 181) p 1578, In: Gorbach S, Bartlett JG, eds. Infectious Diseases, 3rd Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2003 • Assimacopoulos AP and Schlievert PM.
    • Staphylococcal and streptococcal toxic shock and Kawasaki syndromes. In: Schlossberg D, ed. Current Therapy of Infectious Disease. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, 2008 • Assimacopoulos AP.
    • Epidural Abscess, Discitis and Vertebral Osteomyelitis caused by Neisseria subflava. South Dakota Medicine 2007:60(7);265-269 • Aristides Assimacopoulos MD, Rabiul Alam MD, Manual Arbo MD, Jawad Nazir MD, Deng-Geng Chen Ph.D, Susan Weaver MSN CNP, Ma
    • A Brief Retrospective Review of Medical Records Comparing Outcomes for Inpatients Treated Via Telehealth Versus In-Person Protocols: Is Telehealth Equally Effective as In-Person Visits for Treating Neutropenic Fever, Bacterial Pneumonia, and Infected
    • Improving Cleaning of the Environment Surrounding Patients in 36 Acute Care Hospitals. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2008; 29:1035-1041 (Participated as a member of the Study Group through Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, South Dak
    • Extreme Pyrexia and Rapid Death Due to Staphylococcus aureus Infection: Analysis of 2 Cases. Clin Infect Dis 2009;48:612- 4. • Yasir Lal and Aristides P. Assimacopoulos.
    • Two Cases of Daptomycin-Induced Eosinophilic Pneumonia with Chronic Pneumonitis. Clin Infect Dis 2010;50:737-740. • Johnson, JR et. al. and the MASTER Investigators.
    • Comparison of Eschericia coli ST131 Pulsotypes, by Epidemiologic Traits, 1967-2009. EID 2012;18(4):598. • Aris P Assimacopoulos, et al.
    • Post-Prostate Biopsy Infection with Escherichia coli ST131 Leading to Epididymo-orchitis and Meningitis Caused by Gram-Negative Bacilli. J Clin Microbiol 2012, 50(12):4157. • Aristides P Assimacopoulos, Wilmara Salgado-Pabon, Patrick M Schlievert.
    • Staphylococcal and streptococcal toxic shock and Kawasaki syndromes. In: Schlossberg D, ed. Clinical Infectious Disease. Second Edition. Cambridge University Press. 2015 PRESENTATIONS American Telemedicine Association, 11th Annual Meeting, May 7-10,
    • “Infectious Disease and Telemedicine” CME and Resident Lectures 1996-Present, St. Paul Infectious Disease Associates and Infectious Disease Specialists, PC • Various topics, incl., AIDS, Antibiotics, Hepatitis, Respiratory Tract Infections, Lyme Dise
    • XIIITH Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases; Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, Sept. 17, 1996 • Aristides P Assimacopoulos and P.M. Schlievert
    • Mitogenic factors from group G streptococci associated with scarlet fever and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Oral communication • P.M. Schlievert, G.M. Dunny, Aristides P. Assimacopoulos.
  • Research & Clinical Trials

    RESEARCH

    • Microbial pathogenesis of streptococci, staphylococci, and enterococci 1995 – 1996 Fellowship in Infectious Disease University of Minnesota, Dr. Patrick M. Schlievert, Department of Microbiology, Advisor
    • PCR analysis of a Murine model of Toxoplasmosis 1992 – 1993 Internal Medicine Residency CRC Rotation University of Minnesota, Dr. Claire Pomeroy, Minneapolis VAMC, Division of Infectious Disease, Advisor
    • Cytokine induction of Human Cytomegalovirus 1986 – 1987 Undergraduate Honors Thesis University of Minnesota, Dr. Ashley T. Haase, Professor and Chairman, Department of Microbiology, Advisor
    • HIV Care Management 2011-2012 State Grant for Care Management services to HIV patients State of South Dakota, Participated as member of team from Infectious Disease Specialists, PC to procure this Grant and provide services to patients


  • Patient Ratings & Comments

    Patient Satisfaction Rating
    4.6
    Based on 231 reviews

    Rating Categories

    The Patient Satisfaction Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.


    Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

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    Ease of scheduling appointments

    4.4
    229 ratings

    Provider showed concern

    4.6
    230 ratings

    Friendliness/courtesy of Care Provider

    4.7
    231 ratings

    Care Provider spoke using clear language

    4.7
    230 ratings

    Provider explained things clearly

    4.6
    231 ratings

    Time Care Provider spent with patient

    4.5
    229 ratings

    Provider included you in decisions

    4.6
    224 ratings

    Patients' confidence in Care Provider

    4.5
    230 ratings

    Likelihood of recommending this provider

    4.5
    229 ratings

    Wait time at clinic

    4.6
    224 ratings


    Comments (18)

    Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.


    5.0
    Apr 19, 2019
    Doctor A. is terrific.  
    5.0
    Apr 16, 2019
    Good experience  
    5.0
    Apr 10, 2019
    This was our first time seeing this doctor. Both my husband and myself were very pleased with the doctor and look forward to having him be our provider.  
    5.0
    Mar 21, 2019
    good.  
    4.8
    Mar 10, 2019
    excellent physician. we are very pleased with him.he is very efficient and personable.  
    5.0
    Mar 05, 2019
    Overall excellent provider who has experience and has my confidence.  
    4.9
    Mar 03, 2019
    Excellent doctor!! goes above and beyond  
    5.0
    Feb 05, 2019
    I feel very comfortable with Dr.A - which is a very positive quality with my doctor.  
    5.0
    Feb 02, 2019
    Dr. A is a great guy. Never any issues! Thanks for keeping me healthy.  
    4.9
    Jan 20, 2019
    I have recommended him. always willing to listen and give different options.  
    4.8
    Dec 07, 2018
    Dr A is cool!  
    4.9
    Aug 02, 2018
    very good in this area of work  
    4.9
    Aug 02, 2018
    very good in this area.  
    5.0
    Jun 27, 2018
    *Dr. A is outstanding - Always a pleasure to meet with *Dr. A. I have great confidence in *Dr. A.  
    5.0
    Jun 20, 2018
    Dr A is a worthy replacement for Dr Ginsburg!  
    4.8
    Jun 14, 2018
    all good  
    4.9
    Jun 11, 2018
    #7. Very good -  
    5.0
    May 24, 2018
    Dr A has always been helpful and professional when working with us. He has gone out of his way to clarify his instructions on treatment, medication, and diagnosis of my condition.  
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