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Demetroulis, Dr. Elaine M.

Demetroulis, Dr. Elaine M.

February 12, 1970 — April 28, 2022

Dr. Elaine Demetroulis, 52, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Kansas City after a short, but courageous battle with Cancer. Elaine was born on February 12, 1970 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was the daughter of Constantinos “Gus” and Vasiliki “Koula” (Diavastis) Demetroulis.

As a young girl, Elaine was active and excelled in many different sports. When she was a young teenager, a family friend introduced her to the game of tennis and her love for the game began immediately. Elaine quickly developed her talents and traveled throughout the Midwest playing in numerous tournaments. Her parents and brother traveled with her and cheered her on to one success after another.

Elaine was an excellent student. As a daughter of Greek immigrants, education was a top priority and she not only realized, but took full advantage of the opportunities her parents gave her by coming to the United States. Her eagerness to learn and drive to succeed started early in her life. She skipped the second grade and continued to excel throughout her teen years. In High School, she achieved a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average and was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. Elaine earned full academic and athletic scholarships to several Division 1 university tennis programs and ultimately chose the University of Wisconsin on “the strength of its great academic reputation, the strength and competitive level of the tennis program and the quality of coaching”.

Elaine had a very decorated college career, both academically and athletically. Some of her accomplishments include: Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year, First-Team All-Big Ten for four consecutive years, Big Ten Athlete of the Month, Academic All-Big Ten for four consecutive years, Big Ten Medal of Honor, three-time Athletic Board Scholar for highest GPA in her respective sport, four-time Badger Advantage Club Scholar Athlete exemplifying athletic and academic excellence. Her college tennis career culminated in a Big 10 singles championship her senior year. She finished her tennis career as a champion, just as she did in her life as a physician.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Elaine moved on to medical school at the University of Iowa. There she completed her residency and fellowship and became an Interventional Cardiologist. She spent 25 years studying and in service to that institution prior to moving to Kansas City in 2019. Over 25 years, she dedicated her professional career to the betterment of patient-care and had a constant drive to create efficiency in the delivery of life saving techniques. Among many professional awards and accomplishments, Elaine developed the radial access program for the University of Iowa Health Care cardiology Cath Lab. She was very proud of this accomplishment and in 2008, won the Excellence in Program Development Award for those efforts. There are other awards and published articles that are too numerous to list. However, her most cherished takeaway from her time in Iowa City was the formation of lifelong friendships she made through work and Church.

Elaine was never satisfied with the status quo. She approached all aspects of her life feeling as though she never knew enough. It drove her to learn constantly and she expected others to do the same. Elaine and her brother Chris adopted a well-known mantra with each other that became a professional staple. “Prepare like you’ve never won…perform like you’ve never lost”. It helped them drive each other in their careers. There are not many people that prepared for any situation like Elaine did. She wanted to know as much as possible about every topic or scenario in order to execute whenever the time came.

In 2019, Elaine moved to Kansas City to be near family and continue her career. She had just embarked on a new partnership at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission and was excited to continue her work in service to the Kansas City community. Although Elaine was only in the Kansas City area for three short years, she was a leader, teacher and a friend to many and left a lasting impact until her untimely passing.

Elaine enjoyed cooking authentic Greek dishes with her mother, heartfelt conversations with her sister-in-law Tamara and “talking shop” with her niece Mikaila who is a Cath Lab nurse. She loved to play golf and after joining a nearby club, she would play weekly with her brother Chris and her nephew Joseph. She also befriended a group of lady golfers that were not only lovers of the game, but a wonderful group that really supported each other. There was an instant bond and they all spent many wonderful times together. During Elaine’s fight with Cancer, the support from her close friends and family was frequent and unwavering. It was a true comfort to her during her sickness.

Elaine was a very private person. Most people knew her primarily for her professional career. There was a very small group of family and friends that she let into her world. Those included her immediate family, her Godchildren, her best friend and her boys, who all became part of our extended family. This small group saw Elaine’s gentle, kind, caring, loyal and generous heart.

Elaine had many hobbies and was diligent about challenging herself to learn new things. Besides sports, as a child, she played the clarinet and piano. As a young adult, she was active in service to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, IA. She taught herself Byzantine chant and would dedicate a full week’s vacation to serving as a chanter during Holy Week services. She was a humble person that never necessarily thought she deserved credit for her accomplishment. She would refer to herself as a “simple country Doctor” and we would all chuckle.

As for our family, we are devastated by her early departure from our lives. After many years, we were finally in one city and that togetherness really blossomed over these last three years. We had many plans for the future, but God had other plans for her. We wish we could all just gather again for Sunday family dinner, watch a sporting event, or sit around her fire pit with a glass of wine and tell jokes. Those were the times where Elaine showed her true self and we will miss those times the most.

Elaine is survived by her mother Vasiliki (Koula) Demetroulis, her brother Chris Demetroulis and sister-in-law Tamara of Lenexa, KS, her niece Mikaila (Michael) Soot of Overland Park, KS, her nephew Joseph Demetroulis of Kansas City, MO, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and Godchildren. She was preceded in death by her father Constantinos (Gus) Demetroulis and her sister Ann Demetroulis.

All services will be held at St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church, 8100 West 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. Visitation will be Wednesday May 4, 2022 from 5pm – 8pm with a Trisagion service at 7pm. Funeral services will be Thursday May 5, 2022 at 10am, followed by interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the EMD Fund (Excellence in Medical Disciplines), a fund that is marked by her initials and has been founded by Elaine’s family in her honor. This fund will recognize various individuals who excel in their practice and service to the medical profession, as well as organizations that benefit the less fortunate. Donations to the fund can be made here: EMD Fund (Excellence in Medical Disciplines)

Service Information

All services will be held at St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church, 8100 West 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. Visitation will be Wednesday May 4, 2022 from 5pm – 8pm with a Trisagion service at 7pm. Funeral services will be Thursday May 5, 2022 at 10am, followed by interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the EMD Fund (Excellence in Medical Disciplines), a fund that is marked by her initials and has been founded by Elaine’s family in her honor. This fund will recognize various individuals who excel in their practice and service to the medical profession, as well as organizations that benefit the less fortunate. Donations to the fund can be made here: EMD Fund (Excellence in Medical Disciplines)

Demetroulis, Dr. Elaine M.'s Guestbook

So sorry for your loss, it was a true blessing to know her and her family, you are in my prayers. She lead a very full life and very glad to have had a small part of it.

Ed LeClair

I only saw Dr. Demetroulis once as a patient but her unassuming warmth and no-nonsense demeanor were so refreshing and put me at ease in a way few doctors have in my experience. I was saddened to learn of her passing. I hope her loved ones find comfort in knowing she touched the lives of others for the better, no matter the brevity of the encounter.

Sarah L.

I first met Elaine when she was a senior medical student at the University of Iowa. She was a very impressive student. When she joined the faculty, I would occasionally work with her in the care of our adult patients with congenital heart disease. She was an outstanding physician. I am so sorry to learn of her premature death and send my condolences to her family.

Dianne Atkins MD

We are so sorry for your loss. I knew Elaine in Iowa City for many years. Our children grew up loving the baklava that she taught me to make while telling me about how her mom taught her. I think about her every time I still wear the baklava apron she gave me many years ago. She will be sorely missed.

Kathryn Hall, MD

My husband, Joe, and I had the pleasure of knowing Elaine through our church in Cedar Rapids. She was always so willing and very able to give of herself by volunteering many hours of her precious time. We both are from Wisconsin and when we learned she graduated from UW we talked of common interests (education, sports, family). She was very humble, very talented and excelled in everything she set her mind to. She gave our youngest daughter a couple of tennis lessons and had Easter dinner with us when she wasn't able to go home. We are saddened by this news. May her memory be eternal.

Anne Gasperetti

I had the pleasure and privilege to work with Elaine for many years while she was a faculty member at the University of Iowa. She was a wonderful doctor and human being. All who knew her are shocked and saddened by her loss. To all her friends and family, please accept my sincerest sympathies and condolences.

Michael Kienzle, MD

Dear Koula and family, my heart breaks for you on the loss of Elaine. What an outstanding woman, and what a loss to the medical world and all her many friends. May God grant you peace and my prayers are with you all.

Martha Macfarlane Wikert

Mrs. Demetroulis and Chris... I am so deeply sorry to hear about Elaine's passing. I have thought of her often in life and remember our days of playing basketball together. I also remember when she skipped a grade and everyone knew she was the smartest person in class. Reading about all of her amazing life accomplishments doesn't surprise me at all. My heart breaks with yours...

Jackie Seymour Mahaney

Koula and Chris, I was so sorry to learn of Elaine's passing. It has been many years since our daughters were together at North High, but I had followed Elaine's career from afar. What amazing person she was, so loved and respected by all who knew her. May God give you comfort at this sad time. Elaine will always be alive in your hearts. Jo

Jo (Van Nyhuis) Hackett

We were sad to hear the news about Elaine, What a beautifully written obituary to honor her . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all . May her Memory Be Eternal ✝️❤️

Dina & Joe Gardner

My heart goes out to you Koula and Chris. Elaine was such a role model with her kindness, determination, wisdom, and leadership. She was always so positive and I cherish the memories of the time we spent together growing up in Sioux City. Love and peace to your family.

Jane Newman-Ford

No words can ease the loss of your beloved Elaine. What an amazing career she had. Her love for helping mankind is remarkable and yet she was so humble in her accomplishments. May all your beautiful memories of her be of comfort to you all. May her memory be eternal.

Anna Kounas

May Gods Peace be with your Family at this time. I only got to work with Dr. Demetrious's for a short time, but truly enjoyed her sense of humor. She will be miss as a part of the Advent Health Cardiology Family.

Sharon Maye

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I worked as a nurse in cardiology with Dr. D at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. She was truly dedicated to her patients and her profession.

Amy Ollinger

Our deepest comfort and condolences for the family of Elaine. She was a bright light that attracted such warmth and calm. Her smile could wave a wand over any situation and bring it to a much happier place. She was fierce with a golf club in her hand and we enjoyed watching her hone her new craft at Canyon Farms. We will forever be blessed having had the honor to laugh with her.

Richard and Judy Smith

We are heartbroken over the loss of Elaine. She was so so special. We cherish our memories of playing golf and socializing with her! We are so fortunate to have had such an amazing friend! Elaine will be missed so much! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Ron and Sydney Tucker

Please accept my deepest condolences. Elaine had a huge impact on me during the year we shared on the University of Wisconsin tennis team. She was a fierce competitor and inspirational leader.

Marija Neubauer Pientka

Elaine was one of my professors during fellowship. I remember her guiding me as a fellow and even early in my transition to faculty. She had a deep love for people that was sincere. She will be deeply missed but the lives of her trainees and patients whom she touched will live on as her legacy. May her soul be at peace. We will miss you Elaine...but you will live on in our thoughts.

Sal Harwani

Koula and Chris and Elaine’s family, Elaine was so special and will be deeply missed. She made such an impression on me and won’t be forgotten. I will find peace in knowing she is in the arms of our Lord and with her father and sister. My prayers are for Gods comfort to embrace you.

Paula Sowell

We are so very sorry for your loss. Elaine was such a wonderful person to be around, just full of life. Our hearts are broken for you all. She will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Dan and Rachal Fitzgerald

Koula, Chris and all of Elaine's family, We are heartbroken to hear of Elaine's passing. She was so very special to us. We loved to hear her chant during Holy Week. I loved to have her and Renee's help stuffing Easter eggs for our parish's egg hunt. We always kept it entertaining. My husband and Elaine would ALWAYS enjoy their lamb dessert during our Pascha Meal and she would get after him about serving lettuce at the meal 🤣. She had many beloved people welcome her to heaven. Her memory will be always in my heart. Until we meet again, Elaine.❤️

Regina, Michael and Antonis Christodoulou

So sorry for your loss. May the Lord be with you in your time of grief.

Dick Augustine

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