Elly Xenakis, MD

Executive Vice Dean

Elly Xenakis, MD, is the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Academic Officer for the Alice L. Walton School of Medicine in Bentonville, Arkansas. Dr. Xenakis was born in Bucharest, Romania and received her M.D. in 1983 from the Pavia Medical School in Italy. She completed OB/Gyn residency at Brooklyn Caledonian Hospital in New York. Following residency, Dr. Xenakis completed a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center  in San Antonio, and then joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor. She was appointed Professor with Tenure in September 2007, held the Joseph Seitchik Chair in Reproductive Genetics and the Jane and Roland Blumberg Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Xenakis is Board Certified in Maternal-Fetal  Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, by the American Board of Obstetrics and  Gynecology (ABOG). She has served as an Examiner for the Oral Board Exams for the ABOG and is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. 

Dr. Xenakis served as the OB/GYN Residency Program Director from 1996-2019 and  has served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs. In 2019 she was named the Vice Chair for Education and assumed the role of Director of the Division of Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dr. Xenakis has been an active researcher for many years and is extensively published in peer-reviewed publications. She is an abstract reviewer for APGO/CREOG and the Journal for the Society for Reproductive Investigation. Dr. Xenakis also reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Surgical Education and The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology also known as the Green Journal. Dr. Xenakis is the recipient of multiple OB/Gyn Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Awards, including the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)/Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Award for excellence in teaching presented by senior graduating residents and in January 2021 received the Mentorship Award for  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She has also been honored as one the "Best Doctors in America," a 'Texas Super Doctor,' and  most recently as one the "Best Doctors in San Antonio.” 

Dr. Xenakis was actively involved in important committees at the state, regional and local level in Texas. She has participated in the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Initiative in Bexar County as a member of the Maternal Mortality and  Morbidity Review Initiative. She is a Survey Site Visitor for the Texas EMS, Trauma &  Acute Care Foundation (TETAF) reviewing Level IV maternal care facilities throughout  the State of Texas. She has served as a member of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), was a member of the Executive Committee of the Regional Advisory Council Perinatal Care Regional Alliance and is Co-Chair of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB). Dr. Xenakis was asked to participate in the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services (DSHS) stakeholder workshop. 

She is a highly skilled administrative leader and educator in health care and works alongside colleagues, politicians and administrators advocating for women's health care, and healthy outcomes for children.

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