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Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue, 11th and 12th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Fax
646-962-0603
Call
(646) 962-2020
Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology
212 East 69th Street, Suite 5
New York, NY 10021
Fax
646-962-0603
Call
(646) 962-2020
Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology
156 William Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Fax
(646) 962-0604
Call
(646) 962-2020

Personal Statement

I offer a variety of retina surgery and treatments to help restore and maintain your optimal vision health. I bring to Cornell the latest treatment techniques for various retinal conditions. Some of these eye care services include: age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, vitreomacular traction, primary and complex retinal detachment, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, pediatric retinal detachments, floaters, vitreous hemorrhage, trauma, endophthalmitis, infectious retinitis and transconjunctival sutureless scleral-fixated intraocular lenses. I never take for granted that you have placed a great deal of confidence in me and I look forward to meeting with you. 

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Expertise

  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
  • Macular Pucker
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Macular Hole
  • Vitreomacular Traction
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Vitrectomy Using 23-Gauge Instruments
  • Vitrectomy Using 25-Gauge Instruments
  • Scleral Buckling
  • Suture Fixation of Intraocular Lens (ILO)
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Detachment, Tractional
  • Diabetic Macular Edema
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Macular Edema
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Retinitis
  • Digital Imaging of Retina
  • Clinical Research

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [NYPH Employees Only]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE [HMO]

Qualifications

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Attending Ophthalmologist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., University of Athens, Faculty of Medicine (Greece), 2007

Honors & Awards

Inaugural “Above and Beyond” award, Retina Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, June 2017 

Vit-Buckle Society Annual Meeting VBS 005 Travel Award, April 2017 
    
Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Award 2016 
    
2nd Annual Fellows Summit at AAO meeting 2016 (competitive invitation based on CV) 
    
Honorable mention in the New England Ophthalmological Society Annual Poster Contest, June 2016 
    
Vit-Buckle Society Annual Meeting VBS 004 Travel Award, March 2016 

Cole Eye Imaging Summit Travel Fellowship Award, ASRS Meeting in Vienna, July 2015 
    
1st prize in the New England Ophthalmological Society Annual Poster Contest, June 2015 

Best Resident Research Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, June 2014 
    
3rd prize in the New England Ophthalmological Society Annual Poster Contest, May 2013 
    
Member of the Greek National Olympic team in Chemistry, Participation in the 32nd International Chemistry Olympiad in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2000 
    
Member of the Greek National Olympic team in Mathematics 1997 

Biography

Dr. Papakostas is a board-certified retina specialist and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Papakostas specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal diseases, including conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, vitreomacular traction, primary and complex retinal detachment, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, pediatric retinal detachments, floaters, vitreous hemorrhage, trauma, endophthalmitis, infectious retinitis and transconjunctival sutureless scleral-fixated intraocular lenses. 

Dr. Papakostas received his M.D. from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine. He completed a Research Fellowship at Massaschusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School followed by Residency, Medical Retina/Research Fellowship and Vitreoretinal Fellowship all at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Dr Papakostas has received multiple awards including the prestigious Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award, given to the most outstanding retina fellows in the country. During his training at Harvard Dr Papakostas managed the most challenging medical and surgical retinal conditions, including trauma and proliferative vitreoretinopathy. 

Dr. Papakostas is actively engaged in clinical and basic science research in retinal diseases and has published over 70 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. He has presented his research at national and international meetings. Dr. Papakostas serves as scientific reviewer to multiple major ophthalmic journals. 

Dr. Papakostas is currently accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling 646-962-2020, or by visiting www.weillcornelleye.org.