Jun 17

Member of the Month, June 2015: Elias A. Iliadis MD FACC




  1. Who are you and what do you do professionally?

I was born and raised in Freehold, New Jersey and worked in my family’s restaurant (as many did) through college and medical school (Rutgers Med).  Training consisted of Internal Medicine at Jefferson, Cardiology at Rush Presbyterian in Chicago and Interventional Cardiology at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.   I was recruited to Cooper University Hospital as associate director of the cardiac cath lab and director of Peripheral vascular interventions and vascular medicine program for the last 12 years.

  1. What is your career?

My practice is focused on the treatment and prevention of cardiac and vascular disease while teaching residents and fellows.  My cardiology practice is both primary and secondary prevention including treatment of acute coronary syndromes and chronic coronary artery disease with cath lab based and office based treatments.  My peripheral vascular practice consists of treatment of arterial and more recently venous disease including pulmonary venous disease.

  1. What is your connection to Greece?

My father and mother were from Pontos and came to the United States to seek a better life for themselves and their family.  They instilled the classic immigrant mentality of hard work and education in me and my brothers (Engineer and business owner).  I married a woman I met in Greek class in college (Katherine Dedes) and kept my family in the Greek community wherever we lived.

  1. Why are you an HMS member?

I believe it is our responsibility to shape the future of our community and support the youth in medical careers.  I was the recipient of the New York Hellenic Medical Society scholarship and felt we can bring that level of involvement here also.  I applaud those who give scholarship support to students but I also believe the HMS, through our contacts, can support students through giving them a career opportunity.

  1. What do you do outside of your profession?

My family and I enjoy our shore home in Delaware and sharing our time with family and friends.  We have become the Crew parents during rowing seasons, Softball parents during softball season and St Joseph’s parents during the college year.  We follow our kids; it’s what Greek parents do.

Jun 12

Hellenic Medical to co-host Event June 30th at Estia in Support the CLEO Children’s initiative in Greece.

The Board of Directors of the Hellenic Medical Society is co-sponsoring a dinner at Estia, June 30th in support of the CLEO initiative in Greece under the direction of HMS member Dr Theo Zaoutis of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Medical center.

June 30 from 6 to 8 pm

Estia Restaurant

Philadelphia PA

Costs/Donations; 40$ minimum

CLEO (Collaborative Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes) was established in 2011 to reduce pediatric infections and diseases occurring in hospitals across the country of Greece. The death rate of children resulting from infections contracted while hospitalized in Greece is 5 times that of any other European country.  CLEO, partnered with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is addressing this by educating and training Greek physicians, nurses, and health care technicians on the proper disinfecting procedures and protocols.

Please join Dr. Theo Zaoutis, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as he educates us on how this issue has evolved alongside Greece’s economic crisis, the current challenges faced by the hospitals and patients in Greece, and how we can assist our brethren.

Sponsored by: Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia, (AHEPA – Hercules-Spartan Chapter26, Daughters of Penelope Tritonia#129, National Hellenic Student Association (National/Philadelphia),

Please come out and support his efforts to improve the care of Children in Greece.

For a flyer, click below:


Apr 15

May 9th Greek Concert to benefit the Hellenic Medical Society’s Student Scholarship fund.

In cooperation with Apollo Presentations LLC, The Board of Directors of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia gladly supports the May 9th Greek Concert by acclaimed singer Yiannis Parios at Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino.  Apollo Presentations will graciously donate a portion of each ticket sold to the Student Scholarship fund of the Medical Society.  Please consider attending this great concert and support the educational needs of our Hellenic Students.

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Tickets may be purchased at



Mar 17

Hellenic Medical Society Supports the Hellenic Relief Foundation with Donation from 2015 Vasilopita Celebration

The Hellenic Medical Society in association with Greek American Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic American Lawyers Association, Hellenic University Club, Greek American Heritage Society of Phialdelphia held the 2015 Vasilopita celebration at Estia in January.  The proceeds of the event as well as the proceeds from the combined christmas party (Hellenic University club hosted) were presented to Mr Philip Vogis and board members from  Hellenic Relief foundation.  In this spirit of renewal and hope, these monies are used to provide food for needy families in Greece from Greek producer and farmers. To date, the Foundation has donated nearly $225000 in food and is actively pursuing more avenues of support.  We applaud the efforts of the Hellenic Relief Foundation and all charities working in Greece during this time of need.

For further details of the charity, contact the Hellenic Relief foundation at www.hellenicrelief.org.

Greek American Chair Dr Iliadis, Hellenic Medical President Tzaferos, Hellenic Relief fund Mr Vogis, Hellenic University Club Mr Pappas and Board member during check presentation

Greek American Chair Dr Iliadis, Hellenic Medical President Tzaferos, Hellenic Relief fund Mr Vogis, Hellenic University Club Mr Pappas and Board member during check presentation

Feb 02

Member of the Month February 2015, Roxane Hionis, MD


Roxane Hionis, MD

1. Who are you and what do you do professionally?

 I grew up in Euclid, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.  After graduating from Brown University, where I double  majored in Biology and French Literature, I returned to Cleveland to attend medical school at Case Western Reserve University. I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia where I met my husband, Dr Sean Janzer, who is an interventional cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center. We have three lovely daughters.

2. what is your career?

My practice is focused on the treatment and prevention of disease in adults.  By virtue of my being a woman, the majority of my patients are women and, thus, I have developed an interest in women’s medicine.  (However, I do still treat many men in my practice!) My goal is to provide high quality health care to the patient as a whole, considering the interplay of psychological status, life circumstances and physical disease. I also aim to help patients live a healthier life in order to prevent many of the diseases that plague our society today.  

3. What is your connection to Greece?

My father is from Kefalonia.  He came to the United States to do his residency in ophthalmology. While completing his internship in Canton, Ohio, he met my mother whose family came here from Pontos.  In Cleveland, I attended Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral. My Greek heritage was a big part of my life growing up. I attended Greek school and was a member of the dance group at St Constantine’s for many years.  I still have many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends in Greece and we visit them every few years.  

4. Why are you an HMS member?

I believe that my Greek heritage has shaped who I am as a person and as a physician. I enjoy meeting and networking with other Greek professionals and have a desire to support the community as much as possible.  (I also have a lot of Greek patients who would like me to refer them to Greek doctors and this is a good way to meet them!)

5. What do you do outside of your profession?

My family and I love to travel, especially to Greece and other parts of Europe. I love to dance and have branched out from Greek dancing to Middle Eastern dance.  My next goal is to learn some ballroom dance but I am inhibited by the fact that my husband does not share my love of dance. I also enjoy reading, cooking, the beach, learning foreign languages (working on number 4) and spending time with my family.  

Feb 02

Board of Directors and Executive Board of Hellenic Medical Society, 2015-2016

On behalf of the membership, please congratulate the following members on their positions

in the 2015-2016 Board of Directors:


Sandy Tzaferos, PharmD

Vice President:

Fran Zappalla, DO


Constantine Orfanos, BS

Assistant Secretary:

Alexia Tskouras, PharmD


Elias Iliadis, MD

Members at large:

Martina Harris, MA, R.T.(R)

Maria Limberis, PhD

Stephanie Morris, DO

Roxane Hionis, MD (New Board Member)

Ellie Keleporis, MD (New Board Member)

Greek American Chamber of Commerce delegate:

Stavros Antonakakis (Immediate Past Chairman, GACC)

 We wish them much success in the Future and Direction of the Society.

Jan 06

Member of the Month January 2015, Stephanie Morris, DO


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Stephanie Morris, DO

Philadelphia Orthopedic Center

266 Lancaster Ave, Suite 200

Malvern, PA  19355

  1. Who are you and what do you do professionally?

I am originally from Rumson, New Jersey. I earned a B.A from Franklin and Marshall College where I majored in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology , studied Pre-Healing Arts, and minored in Ancient Greek. I graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network and my Rheumatology Fellowship at Geisinger Health System. I am board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Subspecialty of Rheumatology. In addition, I am a Certified Clinical Densitometrist.

  1. What is your career?

I am a private practice rheumatologist at the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Center, a subdivision of Premier Orthopaedics. I am a consultant rheumatologist at Paoli Hospital, Main Line Health. My research has been published in Arthritis Care and Research, The Journal of Rheumatology, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, and Case Reports in Infectious Disease.

  1. What is your connection to Greece?

My mother was born on the island of Lesvos. She met my father when she was studying law at the University of Athens while he was visiting family in Greece. He was born in the United States of America but his parents were also from Lesvos. I have many relatives in Greece and love visiting them in the summer.

  1. Why are you an HMS member?

I wanted to be a part of my Greek community and was attracted by the goals and mission of HMS. I am very proud of my Greek Heritage and believe it is important to support scholarship, philanthropic missions and I enjoy the networking/fellowship of the Society.

  1. What do you do outside of your profession?

I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends. I love travelling to both Greece and other countries. As a classics major, I love history and enjoy visiting museums. I am certified in scuba diving.

Dec 29

Hellenic Organizations of Philadelphia Host Vasilopita Friday, January 16th at Estia

The Hellenic Professional & Civic Organizations:

Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia
American Hellenic Lawyers Association of Greater Philadelphia
Greek American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia
Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia

In Cooperation with
Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia & Greater Delaware Valley

Invite you to join in, celebrate and welcome the New Year!

Dinner & Annual Vasilopita Cutting

Friday, January 16, 2015

Estia Restaurant

1405 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA 19102

$75 members (prepaid)  $90 at door $45 students

Proceeds to benefit the Hellenic Relief Foundation

RSVP by January 9th @ https://eventbrite.com/event/14891517931/

or by check to: Hellenic Medical Society C/O Dr Denis Hadjiliadis, 1801 Hawkweed Way, Malvern PA 19355

Dinner includes mezedes, choice of 4 entrees & vasilopita/dessert – cash bar

Click here for PDF invitation

Dec 11

Member of the Month December 2014, Sandy Tzaferos PharmD




Sandy Tzaferos, PharmD

President, Medilink Homecare

Hellenic Medical Society Board member


1. Who are you and what do you do professionally?

My name is Sotiria (Sandy) Tzaferos and was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. I have a PharmD degree from USP (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science) and work in the Home Infusion & Specialty Pharmacy field

2. what is your career?

I founded MediLink Homecare in 1994. It began as a home infusion pharmacy providing IV, injectable and enteral therapies for patients in their homes, physician offices and infusion suites. Our nurses will visit patients and administer IV antibiotics, chemotherapy, TPN, IVIG, Remicade and any other prescribed medications.

Over the years services have expanded to include bedside PICC insertions for hospitals and nursing homes. Nursing homes do not have to send their patients to the hospital for PICC placement anymore as our nurse will place the PICC, order the X-Ray and confirm proper tip placement for use.

Education services are offered by our nurse who travels the country providing IV skills continuing education sessions and competency assessments for nurses.

Since traditional Medicare does not pay for home infusion, we have 3 physician based infusion suites for those patients. Patients have another way to receive their prescribed IV medication without having to stay in the hospital or SNF because of Medicare. Our nurses manage the suites and make sure the patients are coordinated with the physician’s and patient’s schedules.

MediLink RxCare was founded in 2007. My partner Gus and I realized there was a big need for a pharmacy that could provide easy access to an HIV patient’s total medication regimen. The pharmacy is located inside an infectious disease practice and physicians have access to an on-site pharmacy with an inventory customized to their prescribing habits.

3. What is your connection to Greece?

I was born in Greece and came to the US when I was 6 years old. My grandparents on both sides migrated from Asia minor to Greece. My father is from Kozani and mother from Thessaloniki. My parents moved back to Greece 15 years ago. My sister graduated HS in the US and moved back to Greece to start a school where she teaches English to children. I visit my family every summer and always look forward to a BIG family reunion!!

4. Why are you an HMS member?

I am the vice president of the HMS board and became a member because I wanted to give back to the Greek medical community. I feel honored meeting Greek healthcare professionals and want to be able to connect Greek families with our physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists and others.

5. What do you do outside of your profession?

When I am not working, I love spending time with my family. If we’re not in Greece in the summer you will find us at our shore house in Longport. My husband George is teaching me to golf (look out Annika Sorenstam!) and spend time traveling to places with a beach and golf course.

My children Nikoleta (with her husband Matt) – and Alexa live in Philadelphia – close enough to hang out and have great family meals!

Nov 07

HMS announces Fall Business Meeting, Tuesday November 18th at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

The Board of Directors of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia

invites all members and prospective members to our


Fall Business Meeting

Tuesday, November 18th 2014 at 6:30 pm

Penn Presbyterian Hospital

Wright Saunders Building

1st Floor Conference Room

(Across from Cafeteria)

Philadelphia PA  19104

Topics for Discussion include:

-Committee Reports

-Update on Medical and Allied

Health Student Scholarship

-Continuing Medical Education Programs

-Election of Board of Directors of the Hellenic Medical Society

Light fare will be provided and

Member/Nonmember are welcome to attend.

For Comments or Questions, please contact the Society at HMSPHL@gmail.com or 856.671.1169

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