Rev. Deacon John Christakis, MD
Dr. John E. Christakis was born on March 25, 1953 in New York City and spent his early years in New York and rural New Jersey.
Upon graduation from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended medical school from 1975 to 1979 and earned his Medical Degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In 1977 he met Stephanie and married after graduation. In June 1979 he began his 3-year residency in Internal Medicine at University of Miami Affiliated Hospitals, Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miami Veterans Hospital from 1979 to 1982. Upon completion of his medical training and residency he moved to Boca Raton where he established his solo Internal Medicine practice.
He enjoyed the practice of Internal Medicine from 1982 to 2017 in Boca Raton with his father, Dr. George, and in the same office as his pediatrician brother, Dr. Paul. His mother, Emerald, a registered nurse, managed their practice for many years.
While in private practice, he joined the medical staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and served on various hospital committees, including credentialing emergency room, and Executive committees. Physician colleagues elected Dr. Christakis as Chairman of the Physician Hospital Organization negotiating contracts between managed healthcare corporations, hospital administration and hospital staff physician leadership.
Dr. Christakis also served as Medical Director of the Regents Park Nursing and Rehabilitation facility working closely with his father, Dr. George, for 7 years providing health care to the elderly. Additionally, with a strong interest in sports medicine, he volunteered and served as a physician for the USA Olympic Diving and Swimming Team at Mission Bay in Boca Raton and for the athletes training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as well as team physician for the inaugural FAU football team. He also joined the Federal Aviation Administration as a physician performing flight physicals for pilots, serving in this capacity for 4 years.
He serve on the Orthodox Christian Mission Center Board for 10 years and assisted in preparing missionaries for deployment to countries around the world to follow their missionary calling. In 2005 he was ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan Alexios, and presently serves at Saint Mark Church.
In 2015 he accepted an offer from the GEO Group to join the company as Chief Medical Officer. He travels extensively to visit and support the medical staff that manage the health care of the patients residing within company’s facilities around the country, placing a priority and emphasis on competent and compassionate health care. He encourages all who work in the correctional and rehabilitation environment to perform their duties and responsibilities as noted in scripture, “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them and those who are mistreated- since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3).
Deacon John shares the tremendous joy of traveling with Stephanie, spending time with his children and their six grandchildren, cooking meals for family and friends, and enjoying the art of photography and taking portraits and images of vast landscapes.