In conjunction with other Philadelphia Hellenic organization including American Hellenic Lawyers Association, Hellenic University Club and Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and organized by American Hellenic Institute of Washington D.C. , The Hellenic Medical Society is proud to support a presentation by Mrs Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki as she presents her book entitled “My Greek Drama: Life, Love and One Woman’s Olympic Effort to Bring Glory to Her Country” Please join the other Hellenic Professionals for socializing and an interesting presentation. The event is Free to all but must RSVP via the AHI website.
The Education and Public Relations committees of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia, in conjunction with and supported by the Hermes Expo International and its president Mr Paul Kotrotsios, have organized a community lecture series to occur during the 2013 Hermes Expo. Speakers include Dr. Fran Zappalla on Alternative Medicine and Diet, Mr Gus Ntelekos on Physical Therapy and Longevity and Dr Peter Kousoulis on Dental health and Implants. Keynote speaker to be determined and will be presented with Distinguished Physician award.
Please attend this informative and thoughtful lectures and have your questions answered by experts in their fields!
As a member of the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley, the Society was proud to support the 2013 Philadelphia Greek Independence Parade. Many members participated including President Denis Hadjiliadis, Aphrodite and Kirk Togias, Maria Limberis and Elias Iliadis. HMS Philadelphia keynote speaker Mr John Kastanis, CEO of Temple University Hospital, was selected as honorary Grand Marshal. HMS Philadelphia is committed to supporting our Hellenic Heritage and ideals! Znto Ellas!
The Philadelphia Hellenic Professional Organizations including the HELLENIC MEDICAL SOCIETY of Philadelphia,GREEK AMERICAN CHAMBER of COMMERCEof Greater Philadelphia, AMERICAN HELLENIC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION of Greater Philadelphiacelebrated the AΝΝUAL CUTTING OF THE VASILOPITA on Friday January 18, 2013 at RITZ CARLTON, Philadelphia. Over 70 people attended the event with Father Nektarios of St Demetrios, Upper Darby Cutting the Vasilopita. Many community leaders were in attendance and Mr Louis Zugami of the International Orthodox Christian Charities spoke regarding the support of the Hurricane Sandy Victims from the event. Many thanks to all organizations for making this event a success and looking forward to Next year’s Vasilopita and Charity Fundraiser.
At La Veranda, nearly 40 members and Board of Directors participated in our semi-annual members meeting and all enjoyed the social evening. Topics include the presentation of the Scholarships, Board elections and presentation of the ongoing programs and future directions of the HMS. The meeting was sponsored by Cordis Vascular and all members appreciated the update.
The Scholarship committee reviewed the completed applications of several outstanding students and selected 2 students to receive the HMS Medical Student Scholarship. Please join me in congratulating Catherine Sarris (New Jersey Medical School) and Harisios Tjionas (UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine) on their selection and award. The Medical Society and the Hellenic Community is very proud of you both and is looking forward to hearing of your success. Many thanks to the Scholarship committee: Fran Zappalla, Martina Harris, Tara Morrison and Sophia Pappas. Please see their posts on the Scholarship Recipient page.
Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia Continuing Medical Education program October 27th, 2012. At the Philadelphia Heart Institute, Hellenic Medical Society organized an excellent CME program for the benefit of our friends and members. A special thank you to all our speakers for their talents and efforts in making this program a success: Photis Galanis MD, Vasilios Velmahos MD, Frances Zappalla DO, Dean Karalis MD, Frank Leone MD and Stephanie Morris DO. Keynote speaker Mr. John Katsanis, President and CEO of Temple University Hospital gave an excellent and informative lecture discussing health care reform. Many thanks to our education committee, Michael Moussouttas MD and Alex Poulathas DO for organizing the event and for the many participants for braving the hurricane warnings to attend.
The feedback and evaluations were excellent and the Society looks forward to our next CME event.
CME sponsored by South Jersey Healthcare. Event Sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, AristaCare Cherry Hill and Cubist Health Care.
The Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia In conjunction with The Greek American Chamber of Commerce, The American Hellenic Lawyers Association hosted a A Dinner, Networking and Informative Evening On Demystifying Social Media To Benefit your Professional Life on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford Township, New Jersey
Speaker: Jed Singer – Social Marketing Consultant
Jed has worked with brands ranging from the professional sports leagues – NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB – to retail brands such as Toys “R” Us, Sports Authority, and Coach, CPG brands, such as Bounty, Vicks, and Cover Girl to entertainment and media brands such as ESPN, HBO and CBS
An excellent discussion and presentation regarding Social media and we look forward with collaborating with our Hellenic professional organizations.
Article written by Janet Kotsakis, Dareilena Karaviti, Dr. Fran Zappalla and Dr. Elias Iliadis
As soon as you meet Dareilena Karaviti, you sense her energy and drive. The vibrant 22 year old native of Kalamata, Greece speaks with enthusiasm about her studies at the Medical School of the University of Athens. Having recently completed her fourth year of a 6 year program, she shares her eagerness to put her interest in pediatrics and research to use upon graduation. She also proudly mentions her distinction of being the first medical student to be hosted by the Hellenic Medical Society (HMS) of Philadelphia in their Medical Student/Resident Exchange Program.
The Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization made up of health care professionals including Physicians, Dentists, Optometrists, Nurses and allied health care professionals of Hellenic descent and its goals are “networking and fellowship, scholarship and philanthropy.” After hearing of the recent experience of Dareilena Karaviti, it is easy to see that the society’s Medical Student/Resident Exchange Program successfully fulfills each of those goals.
The waiting list for a medical residency at a Greek hospital can be longer than 5 years. In the meantime, graduates can work in small villages and islands providing first aid, or in private clinics where they are given very few responsibilities due to their lack of specialization. Even those lackluster opportunities have long wait lists. Dareilena felt those choices were too limiting, and after a great deal of research and discussion with her family, teachers, and other graduates, she became determined to find a residency position at a hospital in the United States. Despite her resolve, she knew she would need a helping hand. She is grateful to HMS Philadelphia for providing that support.
When Dareilena found HMS during an internet search, she felt immediately that they would be able to provide her with guidance regarding Philadelphia’s hospital programs. She says, “I thought that since all of the physicians that are members in the society are Greeks, some of them might have been in my position in the past and that they might be willing to help me.” Unbeknownst to her at the time, in HMS, she had discovered a group established on that very idea, and in Dr. Elias Iliadis, she had found a mentor eager to repay a past kindness on to deserving students. Dareilena’s first contact at HMS was Dr. Iliadis, Associate Director, Cardiac Cath Lab at Cooper University Hospital and Director of Vascular Medicine. He is a founding member of HMS Philadelphia and has served as the group’s President since 2010.
Frequently, Dr. Iliadis shares the story of how he got involved with HMS Philadelphia and why he believes so firmly in their important work. Fondly, he recalls being a medical student in need of assistance, and finding that help through the HMS New York’s Medical Student Scholarship Program, receiving a grant for $10,000 over a 4 year period. He says, “I felt very proud and honored that my community was investing in my career and education.” While in Chicago during training, Dr. Iliadis became a part of the HMS Chicago and recalls the Society’s support of medical and exchange students. Upon re-establishing the HMS Philadelphia, his major goal was not only to provide monetary scholarship support but to provide an opportunity for career development and placement for Greek and Hellenic-American Medical students. With this history, he takes to heart the mission of the society, encouraging health care professionals of Hellenic heritage to “foster, promote and support medical, research, educational and cultural programs” like the exchange program.
When Dr. Iliadis received the request for help from Dareilena, he took it to the HMS board, where it caught the attention of Assistant Secretary, Dr. Frances R. Zappalla, D.O., a pediatric cardiologist at Nemours Cardiac Center at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Zappalla remembers, “Since Dareilena had an interest in pediatrics, I offered to contact her and arrange a rotation at my hospital.” Together, they determined that the best course of action would be a month a duPont’s pediatric subspecialty clinic in Philadelphia, where Dareilena would be staying with a student friend. Dareilena arrived at the end of March, and for the next 5 weeks, observed in the Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Pulmonary, and Endocrinology Clinics. During that time, she had the opportunity to shadow physicians that encouraged discussion of the various cases. As part of their instruction, the doctors asked her questions so she would be able to determine appropriate diagnoses for various childhood conditions, a technique which she appreciated. During her time at the clinic, she developed a belief that that pediatric medicine must be viewed as a partnership between the doctor, the patient and his or her family, a realization she believes will be invaluable to her future medical career.
On May 21st, Dareilena went home to Greece, but her work is far from over. This summer, she will return to school, and will also fulfill volunteering obligations with the Non-Governmental Organization “Medecins du Monde”, an organization that provides support to doctors in Athens polyclinics and mobile medical units throughout Greece. Further proving her dedication, she plans to combine vacation with learning by assisting her cousin, a Cardiology resident at Kyparissia General Hospital.
Though it started out as an unanticipated experiment, the success of this inaugural exchange reaffirms Dr. Iliadis’ desire for the program to continue, and when possible, expand. When asked about their experience, both Dr. Zappalla and Dareilena are enthusiastic about its value. According to Dr. Zappalla, “I was as proud as any mother hearing the glowing comments and praises from my colleagues at the clinic…I would definitely encourage others to participate as a mentor in this program.” Dareilena shares, “Dr. Zappalla and all the members of the society gave me the best of memories. I feel blessed to have been around them, as a student and as a person. Apart from all the useful professional knowledge I gained, I also grew up, being away from Greek friends and family and learning to adjust in a new environment.”
One of the biggest lessons learned, she says, was the realization of how much she enjoys taking care of children. Building on her newfound discovery, she, along with other University of Athens students, is organizing a volunteer program called “Teddy Bear Hospital” that helps children aged 4-6 overcome their fears of doctors and hospitals in a playful way. So it appears that already, in this early stage of her medical career, Dareilena shares the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia’s tenet of giving back to the community.
In support of the HMS Community Service Initiative, HMS members provided BP screening and medical advice to members of the St Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church in Jeffersonville , Pennsylvania on Sunday June 24th. The event was well received and many parishioners appreciated the medical care. Many thanks to HMS members Maria Alexander, Stephanie Morris, Erini Poggio, Alexia Tsikouras, Art Topoulos and Elias Iliadis. Looking forward to improving the health of our community!