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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Jul 30

Hellenic Medical Society Members support National Clergy Laity Conference in Philadelphia

Working with the Co-Chair of the National Clergy Laity Conference, Mr Michael Karloutsos, Hellenic Medical Society members and support staff provided both onsite medical support at the conference and office/hospital services if needed.  The National Clergy Laity attracted nearly 2500 clergy and delegates to Philadelphia and the HMS medical support was the first of its kind at such an event.  Many thanks to the following for supporting and assisting in this endeavor:


Ellie Keleporis MD, Drexel College of Medicine and Hahnemann Hospital

Dean Karalis MD, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital

Debbie Staples, Chief Operating Officer, Pennsylvania Hospital

Elias Iliadis MD, Cooper Medical School and Cooper University Hospital

Anthony Mazzarelli MD, Chief Medical officer and Cooper University Hospital

Nancy Keleher RN, Director Outreach program, Cooper University Hospital


The Board of Directors thanks all for their time and efforts in preserving the health of our community!


May 06

Hellenic Medical Society Continues Community Service Initiative At Annunciation Church in Elkins Park, Philadelphia

In an ongoing program of Philanthropy and community service, Members of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia attended the church services and coffee hour of Annunciation Church, Elkins Park  on May 5, 2014.  Blood pressure measurements and medical information for cardiac and pulmonary health were provided.  The congregation appreciated the information and the service to the community.  In the photos are Dr Denis Hadjiliadis, HMS president, Konstantinos Orfanos, Board member and Dr Elias Iliadis, HMS secretary.

The Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia is committed to the Health of our community and looks forward to assisting other parishes throughout the Metropolis.  For more information, contact the Society at 856.671. 1169 or HMSPHL@GMAIL.COM.

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Apr 29

Hellenic Medical Membership Now Available Online!

As a service to our membership and the environment, the Hellenic Medical Society is entirely paper free.  All documents and newsletters which are distributed to the members are in electronic format.  We believe that the HMS must be stewards of the environment for generations to come.


In addition, Joining the HMS has never been simpler or more secure.  Through accessing the membership page and filling out the online form, your membership is sent to the membership committee for inclusion in the membership directory.

Paying your dues is also available on the membership page through our Paypal link which walks you through the one-time process.




Apr 21

Hellenic Medical Society sponsors Medical Lecture for Members, Wednesday April 23rd at Estia.

As part of our value program to our membership, The Board of Directors and Education Committee have organized a dinner lecture from well renown expert, Dr Frank Leone, Director, Comprehensive Smoking treatment Program, University of Pennsylvania entitled:

“Update on Smoking Cessation”

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

Graciously Sponsored by Medtronic

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Drs Frank Leone (left) and HMS President Dr Denis Hadjiliadis at the Medical Symposium at Estia



Apr 16

Medical Society sponsors Lecture at Cretan House, Highland Park, NJ on April 8th.

In conjunction with the Cretan Society, the Medical Society sponsored a lecture on Diseases of the Eye by Dr Alex Grapsas of Santorini Greece.  Dr Grapsas gave a thorough bilingual description of the diseases as well as in depth discussion of symptoms and treatments.  Many excellent questions arose and lead to greater awareness of a common ailment in our community.  HMS thanks Dr Grapsas for his efforts and looks forward to working with our Hellenic Societies to improve the health of our community.

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