Armenian EyeCare Project 10th Conference to be Held in Yerevan

The Armenian EyeCare Project, committed to fighting blindness in Armenia, will sponsor their Tenth International Ophthalmology Conference in Yerevan, Armenia on June 26 and 27. An integral part of the Projects Medical Education and Training Programthe cornerstone of the Armenian EyeCare Projects Initiative, Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyesthe Ophthalmology Conference will contribute to the achievement of the Projects long-term goal of developing the human resources capable of delivering quality, state-of-the-art eye care to the people of Armenia. The conference will impart knowledge and skills through classroom and clinical learning, providing exposure to a range of ophthalmological pathology; interaction with some of the top Armenian and U.S. academic ophthalmologists; and a setting with state-of-the-art teaching equipment. The curriculum, which has been designed to meet international ophthalmology standards and to enable Armenian urban and rural ophthalmologists to deliver current and high-quality care to Armenia’s will include Lectures on Whats New in Ophthalmology; Specialty Sessions with interactive learning; and Clinical experiences in the EyeCare Project Pfizer Wet Lab to reinforce classroom learning. Incorporating the principles of blindness prevention, the comprehensive training program will cover the diagnosis and treatment of ocular or systemic disease and conditions that cause serious visual disability and blindness if left untreated. The conference will be attended by more than 250 United States, International, Urban, and Rural Armenian ophthalmologists. The Armenian American Medical Society of California (AAMSC) has designated the Conference for a maximum of 14 hours AMA PRA Category 1 credits TM. The AAMSC is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The program will cover current topics in ophthalmology in the areas of Retina, Glaucoma, Cornea-Uveitis, Neuro-Orbital, Refraction, and Low Vision. U.S. Faculty members include: Anthony Aldave, M.D., UCLA, Cornea and Refractive Surgery, George Bohigian, M.D., Washington University, St. Louis. External Diseases and Ocular Microbiology, Sanford Chen, M.D., UCI, Vitreal-Retinal Disorders, Steven Feldon, M.D., University of Rochester, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbital Surgery, John Griffin, M.D., Syracuse University, Anterior Segment Surgery, Richard Hill, M.D., UCI, Glaucoma, John Hovanesian, M.D., UCLA, Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Barry Kuppermann, Ph.D., M.D., UCI, Vitreal-Retinal Disorders, Larry Najarian, M.D., New York, Anterior Segment Surgery, Roger Ohanesian, M.D., UCI, Anterior Segment Surgery, Sarkis Sarkisian, M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, Cornea and Uveitis. The Armenian Faculty is comprised of: Armine Garagashishyan, M.D., Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbital Surgery Fellowship, University of Rochester, Georgi Grigorian, M.D., Vitreal-Retinal Surgery Observership, U.S.C. Estelle Doheny Medical Center, Ani Hambardzumyan, M.D., Cornea Preservation and Eye Bank Fellowship, Florida Lions Eye and Tissue Bank, Anna Hovakimyan, M.D., Ph.D., Uveitis Fellowship, Proctor Institute, UCSF; Corneal Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Alla Hovhannisyan, M.D., Ph.D., Glaucoma and Chief of Ophthalmology, Kanaker Zeitun Medical Center, Asatur Hovsepyan, M.D., Director of AECP Mobile Eye Hospital, Alex Malayan, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Malayan Ophthalmological Center, Chief Ophthalmologist, Republic of Armenia, Elena Malayan, M.D., Refractive Surgery, Lilit Mgrdchyan, M.D., Low Vision Fellowship, University of South Florida and Tampa Lighthouse Institute, Armen Vartanyan, M.D., Ph.D., Vitreal-Retinal Disorders Fellowship, UCI, Lilit Voskanyan, M.D., Ph.D., Glaucoma Fellowship, UCI. Founded in 1992, the Project has made significant advancemen’s in the delivery of eye care during the past 15 years. In 2003, the AECP launched its seven-year, five-point initiative, Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyes and delivered a mobile eye hospital, which has traveled to all regions of Armenia and Karabagh from June 2003 to March 2007, providing screening and required follow-up eye care for 136,000 children and adults; performed 15,300 extended examinations; performed 6,200 surgical procedures; and provided free eye glasses to nearly 4,000 children and adults. A true partnership, cooperation between Armenian and Diaspora Ophthalmologists has enabled the country to evolve from a state of despair to an Ophthalmic Center of Excellence. To learn more about the AECP, please visit www.eyecareproject.com, or call 949-675-5767. To make a donation, call the AECP toll-free number, 1-866-448-2327; or mail a check to P.O. Box 5630, Newport Beach, CA 92662.

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