On the 28th of June, the United Nations Staff Recreational Council’s, Salus club, commemorated the 50th anniversary of Stone Wall, and the uprising of the Gay Civil Rights movement, by hosting an expert panel on Transgender Care & Society. Susanna Bastarrica, President of the UNSRC SaluS Club and Yanna Darilis, Journalist, Producer, Panel Moderator and co-organizer worked along with Dr.Leonid Poretzky, Chief of Endocrinology of Lenox Hill hospital-and Director of the Gerald Freidman Transgender program for Health and Wellness, who spearheaded the panel. Dr. Leonid Poretzky is also the author of “Transgender Medicine” published by Springer.

The soul purpose and goal of the panel was to inform, educate, and express medical concerns of the Transgender community from professional psychological and physical standpoints, and to de-stigmatize and differentiate gender identity and sexual orientation. The initiative of the panel was purely to discuss multidisciplinary medical care to the transgender population.

The distinguished guests of the panel, along with Dr.Poretzky included;

Deeangelys Colón: Program Coordinator, Gerald J. Friedman Transgender Program for Health and Wellness, Northwell Health,
Kelly McBride Folkers: Research Associate, Division of Medical Ethics, NYU School of Medicine, Rabbi Jo Hirschmann: Director, Spiritual Care and Education, Mount Sinai Beth Israel,
Legal Counselor: Noah Lewis:  Executive Director, Transcend Legal,
Dr. Peter Meeecher: Chief Medical Officer, Callen-Lorde Community Health Centre, Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Psychotherapist, Author, Vice-President of the American Community Schools, Athens, Greece, Dr.Shervin Shadianloo: Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Gerald J. Friedman Transgender Program for Health and Wellness, Northwell Health, Nicole Sweeney, Division of Plastic Surgery, Northwell Health, Constantine Venetopoulos: Film Director, “Draw With Me”
starring Brendan Scholl, and Dr. David Whitehead: Division of Plastic Surgery, Of Northwell Health.

The Salus Wellbeing Network initiates panels of this nature to assist in promoting a mindful society, striving to eliminate: hate, bias and discrimination of any kind. We are of the opinion that all humans should strive to obliterate this from our society and help better understand one another through love.

The Salus Club is a Wellbeing network of the United Nations Staff Recreational Council, and is dedicated to promoting peace and wellbeing through various initiatives.

See Panel discussion on link below:



  • Yanna Darilis

    TV Host, Lifestyle Reporter, Producer, Director, Fitness Expert, Nutrition & Health Coach, Peace & Health Advocate

    Yanna Darilis has been in the broadcast industry for over 25 years having worked on major Greek and American television channels as an on camera talent, producer, writer and director. Having worked predominately on live morning shows, her specialty is in live broadcasts and reporting on lifestyle, travel, fitness & health. Yanna is currently the President & CEO of the 30 year Greek American Television Channel New Greek Television on Spectrum-Time Warner, RCN & Bell Fibe, Canada, where besides a media executive, she produces, directs and hosts many shows. Highlights of Yanna’s career include Master of Ceremony for the opening and closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games, guest segment host on NBC’s TODAY show, and guest segment host on E Entertainment’s Tara Reid’s Travel Adventures. Her extensive career includes hosting, writing and directing over 80 travel and cooking features on Greece. Yanna shares her travel experience on her blog for the huffingtonpost.com and health topics on thriveglobal.com. Her latest appearance as Host of, “Mediterranean Blue” aired nationwide on various PBS affiliates and History Channel, Greece As a peace and health advocate Yanna also devotes her time to organize and moderate panels for the United Nations Recreational Council, Salus. She is on the Executive Committee Board of the Foreign Press Association, where she advocates and supports  journalists. Yanna also specializes in exercise science and was trained under some of the founding fathers of Exercise Science at her alma mater C.U.N.Y, Queens College. She is a published author with the first exercise Book for Greece, “Love your Body”. Yanna recently joined the ambassador team at the Integrative Nutrition Institute and is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist & Health Coach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iFcR6WC_GY&t=382s