Alexander J. Anetakis, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Vice Chair, Business Operations
  • Retina and Vitreous Service
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

A Conversation With Dr. Anetakis


Academic Affiliation

2008-Present Assistant Professor, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Alexander Anetakis is a vitreo-retinal surgeon who completed his training in 2006, and was initially in private practice in South Carolina for two years prior to joining the UPMC’s Department of Ophthalmology in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology.  He maintains a very busy academic practice in vitreo-retinal disease at UPMC, and has special interests in age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and diseases of the vitreo-retinal interface. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Anetakis completed his MBA at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, with foci in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy. He then joined UPMC Enterprises in March 2018, and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Translational Sciences team at UPMC Enterprises, with focus on ophthalmology-related investments. In 2019,  Dr. Anetakis expanded his role at UPMC Enterprises, and in addition to his ophthalmology-related commitments, also now serves on the committee that analyzes all life sciences opportunities from the University of Pittsburgh presented to the Translational Sciences team.

Education & Training

  • 2004-2006 Vitreo-retinal Fellowship, Retina Specialists of Alabama, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • 2003-2004 Chief Resident, Friedenwald Eye Institute, Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • 2001-2004 Ophthalmology Residency, Friedenwald Eye Institute, Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • 2000-2001 Transitional Year Residency, Summa Heath System, Akron, OH
  • 1996-2000 Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Youngstown, OH, Degree: MD
  • 1994-2000 Combined Sciences, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, Degree: BS