Meet the Team
Dr. Maria N. Psomas
Dr. Maria N. Psomas Pasiali was born in Tripoli prefecture of Arcadia and lived there until she was five. Maria has two brothers, Kosta, and Petro, and was raised by her parents Vasiliki and Father Panagiotis. In 1969, the family decided to move to the U.S. to build its future. Maria grew up, studied, and received her training in the U.S.
After graduating high school, Maria went on to study Medicine at Minnesota University School of Biological Sciences and the Medical School. She majored in Internal Medicine and more specifically in Cardiology followed by Anesthesiology. After completing her major and specialty, she went on to build her career in Medicine.
Her first job was at Mayo Clinic in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology. She nursed for six months in the coronary unit and one year in various specialties of Cardiology, such as vascular cardiology-echocardiography, outpatient cardiology, and beeper code coverage for the entire Mayo Clinic Hospital. She then continued her career as a permanent Anesthesiologist.
"During the time of my specialty in Cardiology, I was in the hospital 120 hours per week and was on call every other day. By then I had my first two sons and my work schedule was so overwhelming that I was absent from my family constantly. That is when I decided to shift my career’s focus on Anesthesiology. The knowledge and experience I gained from the specialty of Cardiology provided me with complete cardiac and respiratory control over my future surgical patients."
In 1995, after years of work in the U.S., Maria decided to return to her home country, Greece, and work at the hospital «Υγεία» (Hygeia) alongside many experienced surgeons of all specialties. Added to that, she continued to work with Mayo Clinic by signing a fixed-term contract that allowed her to work there for 12 weeks per year. This opportunity allowed her to come into contact with the latest technological advances in Anesthesiology and keep her up to date on new methods and guidelines.
During her studies, Maria has also attended seminars in Biology and Psychology.
"Through these studies, I was interested in Pathophysiology mechanisms behind each disease encountered. My patient’s cardio-physiology and their response to various treatments and medications would educate me further about the underlying disease."
Maria's mission is to annihilate the fear and pain her patients are experiencing. Her reward lies in her patients' happiness and relief when they exit the O.R., ready to get back to their normal life.
In recent years, there have been major breakthroughs in understanding pain. Pain has the ability to change the outcome of a surgical wound healing in many pathological conditions such as diabetes, rheumatic diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, malignancies, and pain decelerates recovery.
Maria’s goal is to provide each patient with perioperative care before, during, and after every surgical operation. This is done in order to minimize the extent of pain and consequences it might have on the patient, whether it’s physical or psychological.
Regarding patients dealing with chronic pain who are not surgical candidates, multimodal methods of pain suppression are used. These methods have been proven effective in dealing with pain and secure a better quality of life. They are also known as Pain Relief and Pain Management.
Since 1996, Maria has been receiving 30 to 60 CME credits per year via the SEE program provided by the American Society of Anesthesiologists to stay up to date with the emerging knowledge and scientific literature pertinent to clinical anesthesia, critical care, and pain medicine.
Apart from being a doctor, Maria is also a mother of four sons. She is a woman that has been able to devote her life to the world of science and at the same time balance her personal and professional life by spending time with family and teaching her sons important values. She enjoys traveling, adventures, friendship, and above all unforgettable family moments.
Dr. Spyridon Laskas
Dr. Spyridon Laskas is a certified anesthesiologist working alongside Dr. Maria Psomas at the hospital “Hygeia” and the “Eugenideion” Foundation. He also works with reputable surgeons of all specialties.
After graduating from the Medical School of the University of Athens in 1992, he pursued his career at Apollonios Nursing Home and Tzanio Hospital from 1998 to 2000. He has also worked as a director and professor at IEK health professionals.
Dr. Laskas works closely with patients that undergo surgery, providing them with medical supervision before, during, and after the surgery. He also provides post-operative stress and pain services related to Perioperative Care. As an anesthesiologist, his specialties are in regional anesthesia, chronic and acute pain management, fiberoptic intubation, and anesthesia in children.
Dr. Laskas is a married father of a 19-year-old daughter. His hobbies include sailing and farming activities, and he is a nature lover.
Dr. Elisavet-Athina Kambasi
Dr. Elisavet-Athina Kambasi is a certified anesthesiologist. She was born in Toronto, CA in 1976 and went to Athens, Greece in 1988 where she finished school. She studied Medicine at the Universita Degli Studi Federico II in Napoli, Italy, and graduated with honors.
After completing her studies in Italy, she returned to Greece to do her residency in General Surgery at Metaxas Hospital for a period of 15 months and then moved on to receive training in Anesthesiology at Konstantopouleio General Hospital.
At the same time, she worked as an Associate Pathologist at a private clinic where she gained valuable experience in terms of patient-preparation and patient-monitoring during the perioperative period. In addition, her experience in General Surgery has helped her collaborate effectively with other surgeons for the benefit of patients of the practice.
Dr. Kambasi has taken numerous advanced courses in Anesthesiology, traditional Chinese medicine, and other forms of alternative medicine such as Acupuncture, Algology, and more. She has participated in multiple international and Greek conferences and has made a significant contribution to many medical studies. Added to that, she has translated a large number of medical books into Greek.
Dr. Kambasi speaks English, Italian, French, and German. She is a member of the Hellenic Society of Anesthesiology, the Hellenic Society of Algology, the European Society of Anesthesia (ESA), and the European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA).
Dr. Kambasi has been working alongside Dr. Psomas at the hospital “Hygeia” and the “Eugenideion” Foundation for many years and has worked with reputable surgeons of all specialties. She is a wife and a mother of two. Despite her heavy schedule, she always tries to spend time with her family and on her hobbies including reading, running, and listening to classical music.
Dr. Nikos Maragkos
Dr. Nikos Maragkos is a certified anesthesiologist who studied at the University of Bucharest Medical School. During the first five years in his career he worked as a paid medical practitioner while being trained in the departments of Cardiology, Pulmonology, ICU, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, and Cardiac Anesthesia in multiple state hospitals.
During the period 2009-2012 Dr. Maragkos worked at the Iaso General Hospital and the Attikon University General Hospital. To date, he has worked with several private clinics, including the “Hygeia” Foundation, resulting in him being a valuable member of the Dr. Psomas anesthesiologist team.
Dr. Maragkos has participated in multiple International and Greek conferences and has received the “Best Basic Research Award” at the 34th Panhellenic Medical Conference entitled “Major and Minor Complication in the Application of Postoperative Analgesia.”
Also, he has published articles in medical journals related to postoperative analgesia in children (Clinical Chronicles 2007). On top of that, he has also published an article in the magazine Oftalmologia (2006) titled “The ectopic secondary paranasal sinuses meningiomas with orbital involvement."
While being devoted to his career, Dr. Maragkos is a married father of two boys. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and engages in multiple athletic activities with the purpose of physical well being and spiritual balance.
Dr. Chrysostomos Chrysostomou
Dr. Chrysostomos Chrysostomou is a certified anesthesiologist. During 1999-2000 he studied at the Medical Department of Szeged University in Hungary. From 1999 to 2006, he studied at the Medical Department of Debrecen University in Hungary where he obtained his degree in Medicine.
Dr. Chrysostomou has received training in Clinical Pathology, an introduction to P.E.T techniques, and basic surgical and microsurgical techniques. He has also gained clinical experience in the fields of Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Obstetrics-Gynecology during the time period 2004-2006.
From 2008 to 2015, he worked as an anesthesiologist at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Israel, specifically at Hadassah EIN Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem. During his time there he received a specialty in the field of pain. Added to that, he cooperated with many private clinics, as well as the American Medical Center in Nicosia, working as an anesthesiologist for cardiac surgery.
Dr. Chrysostomou is a member of the Medical Association of Hungary, Cyprus, Israel as well as the European Anesthesiology Society. He has attended numerus scientific conferences, and he has also published many research studies in Medicine.
In January 2020, he became an associate to Dr. Psoma’s Anesthesiology team, providing his valuable knowledge and experience. His favorite activities include chess, cooking, and walking outdoors. He speaks English, French, Hungarian, and Hebrew.
Dr. Evangelia Kopanaki
Dr. Evangelia Kopanaki was born in Eleusina Attikis and majored in Medicine and General Surgery in the university Foggia of Italy (UNIVERSITÁ DI MEDICINA E CHIRURGIA, ITALIA). After graduating with honors, she became a member of the Athens Medical Association and then served as an instructor at the public vocational training institutes (IEK) of Megara and Elefsina.
For a five-year period (2009-2014), Dr. Kopanaki studied at Atticon University General Hospital, Eleusis General Hospital “Thriassio” and at the Latsio center of burns as a specialized physician. In June 2014, she received her specialty in Anesthesiology, and thereafter worked at “Hygeia - Mitera” and at the Eugenics Foundation as an anesthesiologist until November 2015.
Later on, during the period November 2015 - June 2019, she served as an ancillary curator of anesthesiology at P.G.N of Attica. Dr. Kopanaki has been working alongside Dr. Psomas since August 2019 while pursuing her PhD at the same time.
Besides her focus on Medical Science, Dr. Kopanaki is actively involved in the public and political affairs of the country through various positions of responsibility in the health sector. She has been a candidate in the 2015 national elections and has been elected Chairman of the Athens Association of Young Doctors Committee since 2014.
Lastly, she has attended and participated as a speaker in numerous scientific conferences.
Mr. Vasileios Psomas was born in 1993 in Minnesota, USA and he is an American Community Schools of Athens alumnus. In 2015 he graduated with honors ‘’magna cum laude’’ from Drexel University, LeBow College of Business (USA), with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Psomas also holds a MSc in International Shipping Finance & Management from Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece). Throughout his career, he has worked as a Financial and Business Analyst in many companies in Greece and the U.S.
Mr. Psomas joined Psomas Advanced Anesthesia Associates in 2018. He currently serves as the CEO and Financial Director of the company. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing and horse riding.
Mrs. Maria Mani was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Secretarial Services.
Mrs. Mani has been working alongside Dr. Psomas as her secretary for the last 25 years. In 2018 she was appointed Office Manager at Psomas Advanced Anesthesia Associates.
In her free time she likes to spend it with her family and her pets.
Mrs. Anna Parga was born in 1996 in Athens, Greece. She is a Moraitis School alumnus. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philology from the University of Athens (Greece) and recently completed her Master’s degree in Digital Methods for the Humanities at Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece).
Mrs. Parga joined Psomas Advanced Anesthesia Associates in 2019. She currently serves as Mr. Psomas’ secretary and Public Relations Officer for the company. She speaks English and French. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking and engaging in sports.