Yvonne Zaharakis, MD
"My fascination with the brain first began when my grandmother started losing her memory during my teenage years. From this experience, I know firsthand that neurological conditions have the potential to make patients and their families feel very vulnerable. I believe that a physician’s ability to recognize and address this is essential in the development of a successful relationship with patients. Aside from diagnosing and treating individuals, I strive to empower my patients by providing them with accurate medical information, listening to specific concerns, and encouraging them to be involved in their care."
Dr. Zaharakis is a native New Yorker born to parents who immigrated from Greece. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hunter College of CUNY where she graduated Valedictorian of her class with a major in Psychology. She received her Medical Degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, which included an international clinical elective in Athens where she spent a summer caring for patients in a trauma unit and in Vienna where she followed psychiatry patients with neurological diseases.
Dr. Zaharakis completed her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Neurology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She then pursued a fellowship in Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Zaharakis is board-certified in Neurology since 2006. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical Center and an attending neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health. Over the years, she has been featured in Greek newspaper articles as well as health-related programs on the local Hellenic television network. Her extensive clinical expertise includes all aspects of general neurology. She is available for ongoing neurological care, consultations, and second opinions.
Dr. Zaharakis lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and their many pets including a Pug named Rex. She enjoys reading, running, and spending free time with friends and family on the North Fork of Long Island.
- Hunter College
- BA Psychology, Valedictorian
- Weill Cornell Medical College
- Internship Internal Medicine
- Residency in Neurology
- Fellowship Clinical Neurophysiology
- New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical College
- Lenox Hill Hospital