Dr. Costakos always knew she wanted to be a doctor. As a child, she saw her first surgery when a veterinarian let her watch an operation on her cat. As a teenager, Dr. Costakos developed appendicitis and convinced the surgeon to let her keep her appendix in a jar. In college, a genetics course sparked Dr. Costakos’ interest in metabolic diseases, which are sometimes diagnosed by eye findings. During her time as a genetic counselor, she was able to work with pediatric ophthalmologists to diagnose genetic diseases. Dr. Costakos was also involved in prenatal diagnosis and witnessed amazing advances in genetics and premature infant care. Now, she’s honored to care for premature babies and patients that have heritable disorders. She is privileged to have been taught and to teach clinical and surgical skills that help save and improve vision. Dr. Costakos loves being a part of a research and medical team working on innovation and advancements.