Wills Academic Global Ophthalmology Fellow Dr. Cristos Ifantides
Cristos Ifantides attended the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude and phi beta kappa with a major in Classical Studies and a minor in Greek Studies. During this time, he was involved in vascular surgery research and completed summer research fellowships at the University of Florida and Harvard Medical School. He went on to complete a year of community service with AmeriCorps before entering medical school at the University of Florida.
During medical school, Cristos participated in basic science research projects, investigating retinopathies in adults and newborns. He graduated from UF with honors in research and also obtained an MBA during this time.
Cristos completed his transitional year at New York Hospital Queens and spent a month with NASA in Houston, TX investigating the effects of zero gravity on intracranial and intraocular pressure in astronauts. He completed his ophthalmology training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY.
His current research focuses on biotechnology that increases access to eye care in the developing world. Outside of ophthalmology, he enjoys playing racquetball, softball, soccer and is an avid traveller.
Check out his blog posts here.