Dec 12

Medical Society Awards Two Student Scholarships at Networking Social.

The Scholarship Committee of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia received numerous student scholarship requests and thank all that submitted information.  The committee hopes they will re apply in future.

Our 2017 scholarship awardee are

Alexis Kalargheros and Vasili Sitaras

Brief bio from both awardees are below and on behalf of the committee, we wish you much success and we welcome you to join the Hellenic Medical society in the future.


Alexis Kalargheros

I am Alexis Kalargheros, senior nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania and will be graduating in December of 2018. I recently have been accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate program to receive my Masters in Science of Nursing, and become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner. I plan on specializing in bone marrow and stem cell transplant on the liquid oncology unit. My dream is to work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to make a positive impact on the lives of the children cancer patients!

I am from Bordentown, New Jersey and was lucky enough to grow up on the “Greek street” of the town, next to my grandparents and cousins. I have been an active member of Saint George’s Greek Orthodox church and have served as a member of the GOYA, the greek dance program, graduated from the Sunday School program and the greek education program. Currently, I am in my second year of taking a Greek language class at Penn and will continue through the levels until graduation.

I am more than honored to accept the 2017 scholarship award and look forward to embracing the opportunities provided by the greek community and society!
Thank you!
Vasili Sitaras

Vasili was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from high school in 2011, he began the pre-medical track at West Chester University and later transferred to NYU, where he completed the pre-medical track and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 2015. He then worked as a patient transporter for one year at Lehigh Valley Hospital and later began medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the summer of 2016. Along with his academic pursuits, Vasili is very proud of his Greek heritage and always strives to involve himself in the Greek community, especially through his home parish in Bethlehem, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He participated in the church’s youth groups, danced in the Greek dance troupes, played the violin for church events, volunteered at the food festivals, and now continues to chant in the church. He is honored to be receiving this scholarship from the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia, and wishes that he could have attended the event this evening to express his sincere gratitude to Dr. Denis Hadjiliadis, Dr. Elias Iliadis, Dr. Maria Limberis and anyone else who may have been involved in the consideration of his application. Vasili looks forward to being a member of the society and participating in future events. Thank you!

Please let me know if there is any other information you would need. I look forward to being a member and hope to be able to attend the future events!

Thank you again,


Dec 02

Medical Society to Co Host Phiadelphia Holiday celebration, Friday Dec 15 at Positano Coast, Philadelphia

Hosted in cooperation with the

Federation of Hellenic American Societies
Philadelphia Greater Delaware Valley
Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia
American Hellenic Lawyers Association of Philadelphia
Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia
Positano Coast Restaurant
212 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Friday December 15, 2017 6:00 to 9:00 PM
$65 Prepaid Only(when registering select affiliation)

$35 Young Professionals(Under 30)


(available online)
The musical evening includes a wonderful variety of appetizers
and Positano’s exceptional buffet with cash bar.
Member Recognition Presented By The 
Greek American Chamber of Greater Philadelphia
Nikos Spiliotis 
Corporate Professional Member of the Year
SigmaPharm Laboratories

Nikitas Moustakas, Esq. 
Law Professional of the Year Award

Denis Hadjiliadis, MD
Healthcare Professional of the Year Award

Young Professional Members of the Year Award
Anastasios Lazaropoulos & Kaleope Pasamihalis

Sep 20

Hellenic Medical Society to Host Fall Networking Reception, November 7th at 5 pm

You’re invited to get Social!

Please join us and our Friends of the Greek American Chamber of Commerce and the Hellenic Medical Society to network with Greek professionals.

When: Tuesday, November 7, starting at 5pm!

Where: Gran Caffe L’Aquila,

1716 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA,

Cost: $10 for preregistered** members or

$20 without registration

Entry fee includes: One drink & Lite Fare

**For pre-registrations please email:

Feb 14

Ionian Village in Need of Medical Staff

Attention Medical Staff!

Volunteer your talent at the Ionian Village this summer in Greece!

Ionian Village, the Archdiocesan summer youth camp in Greece,

is accepting volunteers to serve on their medical team this summer for 2 1/2 weeks.

  • All expenses paid for you and your spouse.

  • Tour throughout Greece under the “wings” of the church.

  • Opportunity to spend quality time with your spouse and children

  • Enrich existing and build new friendships, that will last a lifetime!

Truly, a wonderful way to serve our church and give of our time and talent!

If interested in more information, please contact Dr. Gregory Papadeas (303) 493-1910,

my3kouklas or I.V. camp office at (212) 570-3538.


Several Members of the HMS have attended Ionian Village and can attest to the wonderful experience for the youth and the uplifting experience for the staff.  For more information or questions, contact Dr Papadeas as listed above or your local HMS at or 856.671.1169


Feb 12

Winter Newsletter

Sandy Tzaferos, PharmD

Today I write my last newsletter as President of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia. It has truly been a great experience leading this organization and benefiting our members and the hellenic community.
Winter has been a busy one for the hellenic organizations and we continue to plan more events for the new year!

Vasilopita 2017
One of our most successful events with over 80 attendees! This event grows every year and we are proud to have hosted with Hellenic Lawyers, Chamber, University Club and Heritage Society. A $2000 donation was designated to the Ionian Village Camp in Greece that was severely damaged by a tornado. Father Evagoras was present to accept the donation. Thank you to all that attended and supported our event!

Christmas Party- December 2016
Hosted by the same organizations as our vasilopita event at La Veranda. Another successful event with a great turnout and good food! Over $1000 was raised and donated to CLEO – Dr. Theoklis Zaoutis and his efforts to educate and train Greek Physicians and healthcare professionals on proper disinfecting and handwashing.

Scholarship Opportunity
For those of you who know a medical/allied health professional student of Greek descent, please direct them to the HMSPHL.COM website. Applications are being accepted for a scholarship of up to $2000

HMS 10th year anniversary Gala
Save the date! May 5, 2018 will be our celebration of 10 years as Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia. This will be a black-tie gala and celebrated Greek style with dinner, dancing and honoring special people.

Finally I would like to introduce you to our new executive team and new board member:

Maria Limberis, PhD – President
Gus Orfanos – Vice President
Alexia Tsikouras, PharmD – Secretary
Leo Iliadis, MD – Treasurer
Roxane Hionis, MD – Associate Secretary

New Board Member
Paul Mastoridis, PharmD

Thank you for your support and I hope to see everyone at the social events this year! It has been my pleasure to lead HMS and do great things for the community


Sandy Tzaferos, PharmD

Jan 02

Medical Society Participates in Annual Vasilopita Celebration

Χρόνια Πολλά Kαι Καλή Χρονιά!


The Philadelphia Hellenic Professional & Civic Organizations

Invite you to come and celebrate 

Dinner and Vasilopita Cutting

All Proceeds to Ionian Village to support repair efforts of the Camp.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Merion 

1301 Route 130 South

Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

$85 Members   $45 students

includes dinner & full sweets display

cash bar

Purchase your tickets online

Please copy and paste above link into browser to purchase tickets to this excellent event!


Dec 14

Member of the Month – Maria Limberis, PhD

Our member of the month is Dr. Maria Limberis. Maria was born in Adelaide, Australia but raised on the island of Rhodes, Greece. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University in Great Britain. As part of her degree, she conducted research for a year on non-viral gene therapy for cystic fibrosis in Germany at Boehringer Mannheim. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Adelaide Australia where she earned her PhD from University of Adelaide. Her graduate work focused on the development of novel gene therapies for cystic fibrosis. In 2003 she joined Gene Therapy Program at the University of Pennsylvania as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2008 we was promoted to faculty and joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently Maria is Research Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and also the Senior Director of the Animal Models Core of the Gene Therapy Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her main research interest is gene therapy for cystic fibrosis airway disease. Currently she is working on vector-based prophylaxis against influenza, and have partnered with Johnson & Johnson to move this program into the clinic.

Maria’s grandparents were born and raised on the islands of Rhodes and Ikaria. They migrated to Australia following the 2nd world war. Her parents were born and raised in Adelaide Australia and visited Rhodes when she was a young toddler for a 12-month project and decided to stay! Along with her 3 younger siblings she was raised and educated in Rhodes.

Maria chose to become an HMS members because she was impressed by the drive and dedication of the board members to promote education of the Hellenic Medical Community, as well as their efforts for supporting our younger members who are seeking a future in the medical field.

Like all of us, Maria has a life outside of the office and because she has spent most of her life traveling and living in many countries around the world it is not surprising that she enjoys traveling! She is also involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and fundraises through the yearly Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life event.




Dec 14

Medical Society Joins 2016 Christmas Celebration

The Hellenic Medical Society joined with the Hellenic American Lawyers Association, Greek American Chamber of Commerce and Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia in celebrating the Holiday season on Friday December 9 at La Veranda Resturant in Philadelphia.  Over 70 Hellenes and Phil-hellenes mingled and enjoyed the holiday cheer including a special guest Ioannis Melissanidis, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and current Special Olympics Ambassador.

We Wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy and healthy New Year.

HMS Member Kathy Iliadis with Chamber Member Chris Kotsakis at the 2016 Christmas Party.

HMS Member Kathy Iliadis with Chamber Member Chris Kotsakis at the 2016 Christmas Party.

Chamber Member Peter Lazaropoulos and Joanna Savvadies and friends at 2016 Holiday Party.

Chamber Member Peter Lazaropoulos and Joanna Savvadis and friends at 2016 Holiday Party.

HMS board members Costas Orfanos and Maria Limberis celebrate with Chamber members Michael Symonidies and Paul Mehalonis at 2016 Holiday Party

HMS board members Costas Orfanos and Maria Limberis celebrate with Chamber members Michael Symeonides and Paul Mehalonis at 2016 Holiday Party

HMS board Member Ellie Kelepouris with Dean George Tsesekos and Georgia Athanasopulos, Consul General and Emmanul Petragiannis of La Veranda

HMS board Member Ellie Kelepouris with Drexel Dean George Tsetsekos and Georgia Athanasopulos, Consul General
and Emmanuel Petragiannis of La Veranda

HUC President Katerina Dimitriadis and HMS board member Elias Iliadis with Ioannis Melissanidis at 2016 Holiday party.

HUC President Katerina Dimitriadis and HMS board member Elias Iliadis with Ioannis Melissanidis at 2016 Holiday party.

Oct 23

Join us for a complimentary dinner symposium

Zika Virus – What You Need To Know

By: Dr. Michael J. Barnish

Infectious Disease specialist board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and certified by the International Society of Travel Medicine and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Tuesday, October 25th


Cooper University Hospital

1 Cooper Plaza

Camden, NJ 08103

ROOM P1007

Free Parking; Complimentary dinner and appetizers will be served


Sep 28

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Hellenic Medical Society Philadelphia

Summer has ended and everyone is back from Greece! This was one of my best trips to Greece visiting family, beautiful islands and enjoying the best beaches in the world!  I don’t know about you, but every year when I return from a trip to Greece, I have what we call sophrosyne – which is a healthy state of mind, characterized by self control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one’s true self and resulting in true happiness. No wonder why I go every year!

HMS will be ramping up activities after the summer season. We welcome everyone to join us for our social events. Here is a recap of activities from this year:

HUC Gala Event – In March HMS board members joined friends to celebrate the club’s 80th year at the Merion Cricket Club. It was a fun night especially looking at 8 decades worth of photos and memorabilia!

Greek Independence Day Parade: In April, I was proud to march with my fellow board members Maria Limberis, Alexia Tsikouras, Roxann Hionis and Elia Iliadis. We were excited to march along with  Greece’s Presidential Guard – The Evzones. It was a beautiful day all around!

Dinner event: In May 20 people attended an excellent dinner with our own Dr. Frances Zapalla speaking on Use of Vitamin Therapy in Clinical Practice. Billy Cheretis from Clinicians Choice sponsored this very successful event held at Cafe Aldo Lambertis in Cherry Hill

Stay tuned for events this fall and winter. We will be bringing you dinner lectures, holiday parties and networking events. We are looking for members! Encourage your doctor, pharmacist, physical therapist, dentist nurse or any allied health professional to join our club. Are you looking to give back to your heritage? Consider becoming a board member of HMS – contact me for details –

Sandy Tzaferos, PharmD