Jul
09
2011

Glaucoma and Cornea Treatment Now in Armenia

In first met Tigran as a child when he was brought to US in the early 1990′s for several vision-saving eye surgeries. Fortunately, those surgeries (for ) can now be performed in Armenia.

Larry Najarian, MD examining Tigran, along with ophthalmologist Armine K. Hovannesyan, MD.

Larry Najarian, MD examining Tigran, along with ophthalmologist Armine K. Hovannesyan, MD.

Tigran is now a young adult. He holds down 2 jobs (1 full time, 1 part time) despite his severe vision impairment, and has a beautiful 6 month old daughter, Arpi!

I want to thank Alice Movsesian (now “Aunt Alice”)  for inviting me to be with  Tigran during his examination today by Ophthalmologist Armine K. Hovannesyan, MD, who works with Tigran here in Armenia.

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Jul
09
2011

The Situation Follow-Up: Stable and Able

And here is my follow-up on our “Situation” – the visiting pastor who broke his ankle.

The pastor’s prayers (and ours) were answered! Simona Menasian, MD came to the rescue! Dr. Menasian is from Boston, and arrived in Yerevan for the 3rd International Medical Congress of Armenia being held July 7th through the 9th.. She specializes in rehabilitation  medicine.

Simona Menasian, MD and Hambaedzum Simonyan, MD

Simona Menasian, MD and Hambaedzum Simonyan, MD

The pastor had a fractured, dislocated ankle but no compression syndrome. No surgery was needed. The ankle was relocated and immobilized. Dr. Menasian was concerned about the patient’s risk for stroke from embolism while traveling, and she recommended Heparin (blood thinner) and use of crutches so our patient is stable and able to keep moving. Good news for the pastor: he is traveling with a pharmacist carrying a backpack full of medications!

PS. Dr. Menasian has now joined our AAHPO Mission this coming week!

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Jul
09
2011

Terrific Armenian Doctors Training More Terrific Doctors

This patient had written to the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), requesting to come to the U.S. for special eye surgery.

Pictured from left to right are Harout Nercessian, Field Director of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), our patient, Ophthalmologist Nazereth Darakjian, MD, and a relative of the patient.

Pictured from left to right are Harout Nercessian, Field Director of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), our patient, Ophthalmologist Nazereth Darakjian, MD, and a relative of the patient.

Dr. Nazereth Darakjian determined that the patient did not need surgery. But, if she had needed surgery, there are very capable eye surgeons in Yerevan. Iin this case, that would be Anna Hovakimian, MD.

A number of Armenian citizens I met, (may not be a representative sample) are not confident in their physicians or the health care system here in Armenia. However, due to the hard work of many physicians in the Diaspora, these terrific doctors here are in turn training more terrific doctors.

Having said this, the AAHPO-sponsored FAR CME Program along with the Armenian Fund’s  Hye Bridge Telehealth Program are right on.

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Jul
09
2011

“Rumbling Tummies” But Another Great Day on our Mission in Armenia

Well it happened…”rumbling tummies.” A number of us reached into our personal stash of antibiotics and started taking them, along with Imodium! This is my third visit to Armenia, and now I have the dubious distinction of having a “hat trick”!

 

One of our AAHPO Mission volunteers is in bed with a fever. Tsoline Kojaoghlanian, MD, our infectious disease expert, checked him out and he’ll be okay. Too bad, he’s our most spirited member, singing on the bus, prodding us to do more.

 

The AAHPO Mission team is changing. Tsoline said her goodbyes. Simona Manasian, MD just arrived. Kirk Tchorbajian, MD is coming. We’ve become real tight as a group. I am so impressed at how talented and good spirited my colleagues are. We all were astonished to learn just how well Alicia Demirjian, MD plays the piano! Really wicked!

 

Met with Nune Yeghiazaryan, MPA, PhD, the country director for the Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP). She is amazing. She really buoys my spirits the way she makes things happen. By accident I met a colleague from California, Nazareth Darakjian, MD. We both will be going over to the Malayan Eye Hospital to see patients Saturday morning. Guess he’s part of the mission now as well!

 

Happened to meet Roger Ohanessian, MD, director of the Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP). By coincidence, he’s heading up a mission of American doctors preparing to battle retinopathy of  prematurity. Though he is here, most of his American, (non-Armenian) volunteers are still in Mongolia!

 

My twins (daughter and son) performed volunteer work at a youth center. Now they realize just how lucky they are. Before leaving the U.S., they collected sunglasses and they gave them to some Armenian children, who were real happy. One child did not even know what to do with them.

 

We’ll need to come back again.

 

Well, it’s 1:00 a.m. again! Better get some sleep between those rumbles!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.aahpo.org/blog/?p=184

Jul
08
2011

Small Things Can Mean Alot!!

A Shiny New Sign at a Newly Renovated Clinic in Armenia

A Shiny New Sign at a Newly Renovated Clinic in Armenia

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Jul
08
2011

Lecture on Cardiovascular Disease

Here is a short little clip from a Lecture on Cardiovascular Disease.

Video of Lecture on Cardiovascular Disease

 

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Jul
08
2011

A Situation as it Unfolds…

I received an urgent call today from a missionary from Canada who moved to Armenia several years ago. A visiting priest from Canada broke his leg/ankle in a fall a few hours ago. He is in a hospital in Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia. Both the patient and missionary are worried, as they are concerned about the care that can be provided by local doctors.

 

So once again, I’m confronted with the dilemma: I’m only one doctor, and can only do so much. We need an institutional fix, “a paradigm shift”.

 

I talked with Hambardzum Simonyan, MD, field director for Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR). He knows all the local doctor’s capabilities, and the patient is being seen by one of the “stars”. In fact, just 15 minutes elapsed between the time the missionary called and the patient was seen (he was being checked as I spoke with the missionary). The patient seems reassured now.

 

I’m requesting an electronic form of the X-ray to review, but the patient is lucky to receive a standard X-ray; a “digital” version probably is expecting too much.

 

Unfolding situation…

 

I was called today by a missionary from Canada who moved to Armenia several years ago. A visiting priest from Canada broke his leg/ankle in a fall a few hours ago. He is in a hospital in Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia. Both the patient and missionary are worried, as they are concerned about the care that can be provided by local doctors.

So once again, I’m confronted with the dilemma: I’m only one doctor, and can only do so much. We need an institutional fix, “a paradigm shift”.

I talked with Hambardzum Simonyan, MD, field director for Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR). He knows all the local doctor’s capabilities, and the patient is being seen by one of the “stars”. In fact, just 15 minutes elapsed between the time the missionary called and the patient was seen (he was being checked as I spoke with the missionary). The patient seemed reassured.

I’m requesting an electronic form of the X-ray to review, but the patient is lucky to receive a standard X-ray; a “digital” version probably is expecting too much.

Unfolding situation…

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Jul
08
2011

Revisiting the “Wet Lab”. Seeing Donations at Work!

In 2006, AAHPO negotiated a $1,000,000 donation from Pfizer Inc. to the
Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP) for state-of-the art ophthalmic equipment. This equipment furnished five operating rooms, a “Wet Lab”, teaching labs and facilitated the creation of the “Center of Teaching Excellence in Eye Care” in Yerevan.

 

Today, I was able to return to the Lab. All is in order! Just like was when we started it 4 years ago! I also had the honor of meeting with the resident eye doctors Lilit Jhangiryan, MD and Astghik Manoukyan, MD, both of whom have learned new eye care techniques here in the Lab, including cataract surgery!

Dr. Lawrence Najarian revisits the "Wet Lab" 4 years later!

Dr. Lawrence V. Najarian revisits the "Wet Lab" 4 years later!

This Wet Lab has enabled Armenian physicians to be trained in state-of-the-art ophthalmic techniques. They in turn are able to deliver superior eye care to the people of Armenia. The Wet Lab has also allowed micro-surgeons in other specialties to practice new techniques in the laboratory before using them in the operating room.

 

AAHPO is proud to have assisted the AECP achieve this major Project goal. It came at a time when the AECP was entering into their next phase of program goals. In partnership with USAID, the AECP initiated an Armenia-wide Ophthalmology Training Program for Family Care Specialists to train 1,000 primary care and regional ophthalmologists.

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Jul
07
2011

Tsoline Kojaoghlanian, MD During Her AAHPO Mission in Armenia

Tsoline Kojaoghlanian, MD is a member of AAHPO and on the Board of Directors. Even with her busy schedule, she has taken the time to participate in the AAHPO Mission in Armenia this summer.

Tsoline Kojoaghlanian, MD during her lecture at the Yerevan State Medical University.

Tsoline Kojaoghlanian, MD during her lecture at the Yerevan State Medical University.

Dr. Kojaoghlanian this week even had time to give a lecture at the Yerevan State Medical University to tell everyone about the  FAR Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program that AAHPO is sponsoring and the HyeBridge Telehealth Program.

Dr. Tsoline Kojoaghlanian's audience of health care providers.

Dr. Tsoline Kojaoghlanian's audience of health care providers.

AAHPO is very excited about the CME program and we are working hard to expand and encourage more participation by our health care colleagues in Armenia.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.aahpo.org/blog/?p=178

Jul
07
2011

Time to Relax!

Time to Relax!

Pictured here (left to right) are Dr. and Mrs. Aram Cazazian, Dr. Garbis Baydar, Dr. Lawrence Najarian.

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