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Nicholas Argerakis, DPM
By Aron Pizow, Class of 2018

Dr. Nicholas Argerakis graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 2009. Currently, Dr. Argerakis has his own private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is a clinical instructor in NYCPM’s Department of Surgery, and is the President of the Alumni Relations Association Advisory Board.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Argerakis attended high school at Horace Mann in Riverdale. After finishing high school, Dr. Argerakis began his pre-med curriculum at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and graduated with dual degrees: a B.S. in Biology, and a B.A. in Business Administration in 2009. During his undergraduate years, Dr. Argerakis was experiencing constant pain in his ankle, and when he sought help from local doctors, they were unable to explain the reason for the pain. After a year of searching for an answer, he visited the Foot Center at NYCPM and was diagnosed with an osteoid osteoma. The tumor was excised, and Dr. Argerakis made a full recovery. It was this experience that sparked a new appreciation for the foot and ankle complex, which led him to pursue a career in podiatric medicine and surgery at NYCPM.

As a student at NYCPM, Dr. Argerakis joined and became Vice President of the Wound Care Club. He published multiple research abstracts on wound care techniques, and was the NYCPM Student Liaison to the Executive Board of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. Anatomy and Biomechanics were his favorite pre-clinical subjects because he believes, “it’s the basics to everything we do as podiatrists. Anatomy and Biomechanics are the foundation to becoming a good foot and ankle surgeon”. Before graduating, Dr. Argerakis received many honors and awards, including Pi Mu Delta Podiatric Service Society, and the Maimonides Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service.

After graduation, Dr. Argerakis completed a residency program at NYCPM, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. “The most challenging part was maximizing the time between patient care, constantly reading and learning, teaching students, and finding some rare time for yourself. But the best part, which is unique to the NYCPM residency, was the interaction with the students.  Not only was it rewarding to teach them what I knew, but they taught me just as much, and their hunger for knowledge kept us constantly up to date with literature and knowledge.”

Upon completion of his residency training, Dr. Argerakis went to Chicago, where he completed an American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) accredited fellowship in Advanced Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery at the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute under Lowell Weil Jr., DPM.

Based on Dr. Argerakis’ experiences and his high level of involvement as President of the Alumni Relations Association, he has imparted key advice for both prospective students looking to make podiatric medicine their possible careers, as well as some advice to current students:

For prospective students: 
“Most important for prospective students is to spend plenty of time learning about the profession.  It is a lifelong commitment, and you want to be sure you will enjoy it.  Because if you love what you do, you will be much more successful at it, and truly enjoy the journey. Podiatry provides you with endless possibilities to serve humanity, however, it comes with great responsibility and requires hard work and passion.”

For current students:
“What you learn in school is ‘how to learn’.  As a doctor you are a lifelong learner, and the best doctors are the ones who are constantly learning and evolving the way they think and practice. Sometimes the academics may become overwhelming or seem irrelevant, but you are being judged on how good of a learner you are, regardless of the subject matter.  So don’t get frustrated, give more than your best, read as much as you can, and when you are tired of reading, read some more.  This will set the ground work and develop the work ethic and habits required to be successful.

What we do is a mix of art and science, and although difficult, try and maintain an open mind throughout school and your training.  You will never learn what you think you already know.  I find it helps to do everything with a child-like passion. You will have more fun with everything you do, and succeed more.”



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