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Last updated: 3 Sep 2020
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Mr Serafeim Antonakis is a Consultant Ophthalmologist (substantive post) and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the University Hospital of Southampton NHS Trust. He specialises in the surgical and medical treatments of vitreous and retinal diseases: retinal detachment, diabetic eye disease, macular problems (macular hole, macular pucker/epiretinal membrane, age-related macular degeneration, including intravitreal anti-VEGF therapies), retinal vein occlusions together with modern cataract surgery.
Mr Antonakis comes from Greece where he studied Medicine at the University of Patras and underwent specialty training in Ophthalmology and awarded his Title of Medical Specialty (CCT) by the University of Athens in 2012. Along with his professional development as a doctor he completed his postgraduate studies and awarded a Master's Degree in Healthcare Management.
He had the privilege to work as senior Vitreoretinal Fellow in London's best-known teaching hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, under the guidance of world-leading VitreoRetinal consultants such as Mr.Laidlaw and Prof.Williamson, expanding his horizons as a VR surgeon in the surgical, clinical and research field.
He was honoured to be a member of one of the world’s leading eye hospitals Moorfields Eye Hospital (City Road) as a Medical Retina Clinical Research Fellow and of the Institute of Ophthalmology of UCL as Senior Research Associate in Visual Neuroscience Lab.
He had his first VR fellowship at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust which has the largest specialised eye unit in the South-East of England, is the major training unit for postgraduate speciality trainees in the Kent Surrey and Sussex region and provides teaching to undergraduate medical students of King's College Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Medical Schools.
Along with his duties as Vitreoretinal Consultant in University Hospital of Southampton NHS Trust he is also as a certified clinical and educational supervisor of Wessex Deanery and Royal College of Ophthalmology for VR fellows, Trainees in Ophthalmology and CESR trainees. He is also an active member of the University of Southampton as supervisor of Research Projects for Medical Students and a regular lecturer for their Ophthalmology teaching.
He introduced the electronic diary for patients of the Vitreoretinal Theatre service in UHS NHS Trust which is now used for the whole Eye Theatre Services and continues to develop the electronic patient record referral system within the Eye Unit and through the peripheral sites of UHS NHS Trust, improving patient’s safety and delivering care. He has extensive experience with the innovative 3D Visualization System, from his St Thomas’ work, that has changed his way of doing eye surgeries.
Mr Antonakis is a member of the UK Vitreoretinal Surgeons Society (BEAVRS), the European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA), the European Society of Cataract Specialists (ESCRS) and he preserves his links with the Greek Ophthalmological Societies as a member of Greek Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons (GVRS) and Hellenic Ophthalmological Society (HOS).
Get in touch to learn more about the ways in which he can help you in his Private Practice where he offers Vitreoretinal, Medical Retina, Cataract services and specialized procedures for your eyes health.
Areas of interest
Retinal disease/surgery; Macular hole; Epiretinal membrane; Retinal detachment; Vitreous Haemorrhage; Posterior vitreous detachment; Floaters; Cataract (Micro Incision and Complex Cataract Surgery); Ocular trauma; Medical retina; Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Oedema; Age-related macular degeneration (AMD); Retinal Vein Occlusions; Intravitreal injections and implants.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ophthalmologist (substantive post)
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Tremona Road, Southampton
Diabetic Retinopathy Surgery - Early Vitrectomy.
Modern Vitreoretinal Surgery - innovative 3D Visualization System.
He enjoys playing the guitar, chess and basketball and he loves travelling with his family all over the world!
• Staff Star Awards 2015 - MTW NHS Trust: Runner up for the "Employee of the Year" Award.
• Staff Star Awards 2015 - MTW NHS Trust: one of the five nominees for the "Patients First" Award.
• Future Internet Assembly, 2014: Best Project Award for Live City E-Health, Video-to-Video Project
• 43rd National Greek Congress of Ophthalmology: Best Ophthalmology Photo Award 2010
• 4th General Senior High School, Karditsa, Thessaly, Greece, 1994: Best Graduating Student
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Greek, Modern - Native or bilingual
Peer-reviewed Publications available on:
Courses offered to GPs
Happy to organise talks to primary care Optometrists and GPs
- MSc Open University Cuprus 2012
- MD University of Patras, Greece 2002
- Title of Medical Specialty in Ophthalmology (CCT) University of Athens, Hellenic Republic-Directorate of Public Health 2012
- Senior Vitreoretinal Fellow Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Hospital, London 2017
- Vitreoretinal and Medical Retina Fellow Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust 2014
- Medical Retina Clinical Research Fellow Moorfields Eye Hospital (City Road) 2012
- Senior Research Associate in Visual Neuroscience Lab - Institute of Ophthalmology-UCL 2012
Reference number 7295314
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC Full registration on the Specialist Register - 7295314, 2012
Affiliations / memberships
BEAVRS-British & Eire Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons
EURETINA-European Society of Retina Specialists
ESCRS-European Society of Cataract Specialists
RCOPHTH-The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Video / Phone Consultation Available.
Contact my secretary on 07591103665 or use the "Contact Us" section on my website: www.santonakis.com
(You will receive a reply within 1 hour)
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: Mr.Antonakis-Consultant-Ophthalmologist