Board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Antaki received his medical degree from Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine in Aleppo, Syria. His residency in Surgery was completed with Aleppo University Hospital in Aleppo, Syria and his residency in General Surgery was completed with New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He also completed a Research Fellowship and Clinical Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery with the University of Arkansas for Medical Services in Little Rock, AR.
Dr. Antaki has extensive medical experience spending the past seven years as a Surgeon with Union Hospital Medical Group in Terre Haute, IN. He also ran Arkansas Heart and Lung, his own private practice in Little Rock, AR

Additionally, Dr. Antaki has academic experience with a joint appointment tenured faculty and staff surgeon with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences & Central Arkansas Veterans Health System. He also gained academic and leadership appointments with the University of Arkansas as Chief for the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Residency Director. He was also Volunteer Assistant Professor at Indiana University and Chief Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery with the VA Administration with CAVHS in Little Rock, AR.

Dr. Antaki has special skills and interests with Mitral and Aortic Valve Repair, Non-Sternotomy, Minimally Invasive Mitral Surgery, Robotic Assisted Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery using daVinci platform, Aortic Root and Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Thoracoscopic Mini-Maze Operation for Atrial Fibrillation, Robotic Lung, and Thoracoscopic Left Atrial Appendage Management. He is also extensive experience with Cardiac Pacemaker and Defibrillator Surgery including Complex and Routine Pacer and Defibrillator Implantation and LASER Extraction and Device Leads Management. In Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Antaki is skilled in Minimally Invasive and VAT Lobectomy (including use of daVinci platform), Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy and Management of Pulmonary Nodules, Airways Stenting and Esophageal Surgery. In Vascular Surgery, his skills include Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR), other Endovascular Surgery Techniques (including dialysis access surgery), Carotid Surgery, Aortic and Peripheral Vascular Surgery (including distal bypass).

Well published in medical publications and a popular speaker in his field nationally and internationally, Dr. Antaki is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Heart Association, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, the American Medical Association, the Arab American Medical Society, the Syrian American Medical Society and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is also a fellow with the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Antaki practices in Melbourne Florida, and is married with five children.


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Internship and Residency

New York Methodist Hospital (General Surgery), Brooklyn, NY


Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine – Aleppo, Syria