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

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 @

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 or 856.671.1169

Nov 04

Member of the Month November 2014, Zoe Wilson Salman, MD




Zoe Wilson Salman, MD
Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry
212 West Route 38, Suite 105
Moorestown, New Jersey 08057


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

I am an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-Certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist based in, Moorestown, New Jersey. I have clinical expertise in both psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments.

I completed a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania/The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in July 2011. During my fellowship, I was awarded the 2011 Graduate Education Committee Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As part of my comprehensive training, I was formally trained and certified in Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy, by Dr. Marion Lindblad-Goldberg from the well-known and highly regarded Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center, Inc.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, PA, I completed my adult psychiatry residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. During my residency, I received the Achievement Award for Clinical Practice and was honored by being named Chief Resident. I graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2006 and Villanova University in 2002.


  1. What is your career?

My practice is focused on using evidence based medicine to treat children, adolescents, families and adults with mood, anxiety, psychotic and behavioral disorders, as well as substance use disorders. One of my areas of specialty is ADHD. My top priority is the well-being of my patients and their families and I pride myself in providing the absolute highest quality of psychiatric care to my patients.  Please feel free to visit my website:


  1. What is your connection to Greece?

My late maternal Grandfather, Stelios Saffos, was born on the Island of Ikaria.  He married my late gradmother, Rose Mavronikolas, who was a first generation Greek-American also from the Island of Ikaria.  I was very involved at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church throughout my childhood.  I attended and graduated Greek School at St. Thomas.  I was an active member of the Hellenic Heritage Dance Group and GOYA throughout high school.


  1. Why are you an HMS member?

I am very proud of my Greek Heritage and feel that it is a special part of who I am individually as well as professionally.  I’m in agreement with the HMS mission statement, “To unite physicians and other health care professionals of Hellenic heritage to foster, promote and support medical, research, educational and cultural programs of the highest possible standards that will enrich the quality of life of the individual and the community of greater Philadelphia.”


  1. What do you do outside of your profession?

I am married to James Salman, an oral maxillofacial surgeon who is in private practice in South Jersey and on faculty at University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry.  We have a two-year-old son John and are expecting our second child in early March.

Sep 30

Hellenic Medical Society’s Fall Medical Presentation, October 27th at Estia Restaurant, Philadelphia.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Social committee of the Hellenic Medical Society, all members and interested health professionals of Hellenic descent are invited to the Fall dinner social and medical presentation on October 27th at Estia Restaurant, Philadelphia PA.

While socializing and meeting members of the HMS, a presentation by Dr. Konstadinos Plestis, Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Main Line Health describing his practice and medical expertise he has brought to the Main Line Health system.

Space is limited and anyone interested in attending should contact the Society at or 856.671.1169.

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Sep 30

Hellenic Medical Society to Support St Thomas AGORA Health Fair, October 9-12, 2014

In cooperation with the Daughters of Penelope (Nike Chapter), Cooper University Hospital’s outreach program and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Thalassemia program, The Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia  is coordinating a health fair at the 2014 St Thomas AGORA.  The fair will consist of blood pressure screening, blood sugar and blood cholesterol measurements and an information table about Thalassemia which is a blood disorder that affects peoples of the Mediterranean basin including those of Hellenic descent.

Anyone interested in participating through assisting in blood pressure measurements or providing information to the public should contact the Society at or by phone at 856.671.1169.

The Hellenic Medical Society is dedicated to giving back to our community through events like this and looking forward to successful health fair for all!

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