About Dr. Panagakis

Please meet Dr. George Panagakis and his lovely wife and their children. Dr. Panagakis looks forward to treating you like family as well.

Dr. George Panagakis is a highly skilled and sought-after surgeon and clinician who has performed well over fifteen thousand surgeries in his first decade of practice. He is currently in his second decade of practice. Dr. Panagakis utilizes cutting-edge surgical techniques to give his patients the best possible results.

Dr. Panagakis served as Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at Wayne State University School of Medicine / The Detroit Medical Center, Sinai Hospital. He currently practices comprehensive ophthalmology with special interest in refractive cataract surgery, laser vision correction, strabismus surgery, and cosmetic/oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelid and face. Dr. Panagakis is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology (board certified), a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the recipient of the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award. Dr. Panagakis is one of the first and few ophthalmologists in the country who was residency trained in refractive surgery. He is also one of the first to perform LASIK surgery on a cornea transplant patient.

Born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area, Dr. Panagakis graduated from Morgan Park Academy where he received the Chicago Medical Society Science Achievement Award for outstanding academic accomplishment in the field of science. He then left for Washington University in St. Louis for his bachelor’s degree. He returned for a master’s degree at the University of Illinois Graduate School and received his medical degree from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to do his internship at Cook County Hospital in the Department of Internal Medicine just prior to taking up residency training at Wayne State University. Dr. Panagakis also trained at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology during his residency. He has received many honors and awards from these institutions.

Dr. Panagakis is a Clinical Assistant Professor, clinical faculty advisor and clerkship director for the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching at the College of Medicine, the School’s highest teaching honor. This award celebrates Dr. Panagakis as “a faculty member who has provided distinguished teaching and who represents the highest of professional ideals”. Dr. Panagakis is also a member of the faculty for the Carle Foundation Hospital Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency and Family Medicine Residency Programs, and he serves on the College of Medicine committee to select those deserving of the annual Clinical Faculty Recognition Awards which consist of the Teaching Excellence Award and the Innovation in Education Award.

Dr. Panagakis participates in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) through the American Board of Ophthalmology which establishes high standards for patient care in ophthalmology, equips diplomates with tools for lifelong learning and continuous practice improvement, and provides patients with a credible indicator of physician quality. The American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent, nonprofit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons) in the United States. Founded in 1916, the ABO was the first American Board established to certify medical specialists and is one of 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

In 2015, Dr. George Panagakis was one of only three finalists for Physician of the Year at Carle Physician Group. This group consists of 400 physicians practicing in 80 specialties located in 14 communities and serving a patient base of more than 1.5 million.

He has participated in numerous professional societies and organizations including (in alphabetical order):

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Medical Specialties
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Chicago Ophthalmological Society
  • Illinois Association of Ophthalmology
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery

Dr. Panagakis has published research in the field of medicine. He continues to provide trusted medical advice on eye care in forums that include national news radio, journals and a variety of conferences. In addition, he is fully trained and certified in the use of ophthalmic lasers for the treatment of general eye diseases and has additional experience in the use of special lasers in the following areas:

Refractive Surgery

Certified in the use of the current VISX STAR Excimer Laser System, Chiron Automated Corneal Shaver, Hansatome, and Moria LSK and Carriazo-Barraquer microkeratomes. Trained in the use of the Alcon Summit Autonomous LADARVision.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Certified in the use of the Coherent 5000C carbon dioxide laser and the Ultrapulsed and Ultrafine Erbium:YAG laser systems.

Commitment to Communities

Dr. Panagakis is committed to giving back to his community and during his high school years attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He and his family routinely participate in community improvement projects.

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