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.  


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.