Dr. Hakas earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. A Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, he is a member of the American Medical Association and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dr. Hakas served as a physician in the J&L Steel Occupational Medicine Department and as chairman of the Family Practice Department of UPMC South Side Hospital.

Prior to joining Scott Medical Center, he served as the medical director for Hakas Family Practice. He has served on numerous committees for healthcare and professional organizations and is currently the chairman of the South Hills branch of the Allegheny County Medical Society.