Spring 2016 Newsletter –

Sandy Tzaferos, PharmD

As I write this newsletter I cannot help but think about how fast the year has gone by since I became President. The Hellenic Societies have been busy sponsoring networking events, birthday celebrations and activities. It is my pleasure to present our quarterly newsletter

Dinner Lecture Event – December 2

Dr. Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos presented a lecture on Chronic HCV Treatment Guidelines: Best Practices for Achieving a Cure. It was held at Morton’s Steakhouse in Philadelphia. Dr. Pyrsopoulos did a great job educating 25 attendees on this topic and we hope to have him back for more!

Hellenic Medical Society of NY Scholoarship Gala – December 4

The event was held at The Plaza on Fifth Ave in New York City. It was a fun time as my husband George and I sat with Dr. Elias Iliadis and his wife Kathy at this beautiful gala!

Annual Christmas Party – December 6

Four Hellenic organizations (including HMS) hosted a Christmas Party at the Union Trust in Philadelphia. Over $1300 was donated to CLEO

Annual Vasilopita Event – January 15

Over 75 people attended our annual gathering to cut the traditional vasilopita and enjoy an amazing networking opportunity, great food and dancing. This year The Merion hosted the venue with their famous food selections. A special thank you to the presidents of our fellow Hellenic Organizations – Nikitas Moustakas, Elias Iliadis, Nikolas Yantsos and George Papas. A total of $2000 was raised from this event and donated to the Red Cross of Mytilene specifically for humanitarian  and basic items for the refugees.

New Board Members:

We welcome to our board of directors the following new members:

Dr. Nikolas Tyris, specializing in Rheumatology

Dr. Chrysoula Komis, specializing in Occupational Health and Safety experience


HMS Newsletter spring2016 


Member of the Month – Dr. Chrysoula Komis


Our member of the month is Chrysoula Komis, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA. She is an Occupational Safety and Health Consultant with Colden Corporation as well as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University’s College of Engineering and Drexel University’s School of Public Health.
She has been an HMS member for many years and enjoys sharing and participating in activities. Outside of her busy professional life She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Komis brings 38 years of occupational health and safety experience working with chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, energy, food industry, laboratories, foundries, and light manufacturing clients. Her lengthy tenure with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides an invaluable perspective in helping clients overcome regulatory hurdles. As a consultant with Colden, Dr. Komis’ specialties include: litigation support and expert testimony, industrial hygiene, OSHA compliance, guidance on Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs), hazard assessment, biosafety, laboratory safety, safety and health auditing, chemical hazard information, training, and OSHA recordkeeping review.

She holds a doctorate in industrial hygiene and toxicology and a master of science in industrial hygiene from Drexel University. She earned a bachelor of science in environmental science and biology from Marist College. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and a Registered Biosafety Professional (retired). She is also an adjunct professor at Temple University in the Departments of Public Health and Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Drexel University.

Dr. Komis has been an active member of the National and Philadelphia Section of the AIHA since 1977 and has served several terms as a member of local chapter’s Board of Directors. She is also a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

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