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International Center for Professional Development – ICPD is cognizant of its duty in honoring those who have dedicated their career to improving healthcare education in Armenia and within the framework of its goal to provide the resources to continuously improving knowledge and experience in the field of healthcare has initiated the 1st Dr. Raffy Hovanessian International Digestive Disease Virtual Conference. 

For 40 years, Dr. Hovanessian led a vibrant private practice in Northwest Indiana. Through his efforts at Fund for Armenia Relief and as a Board member of the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO), Dr. Hovanessian has been an activist leader in supporting continuing medical education to physicians in Armenia.

Conference Chair:

Asadur Jorge Tchekmedyian, MD, Uruguay

Keynote Speaker: 

John P. Bilezikian, MD, USA

Target Audience: 

Gastroenterologists, Endoscopists, Hepatologists, Internal Medicine, Surgeons, Pediatricians, Pediatric Surgeons, Practicing Internists, Family Physicians, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases Specialists, Nutritionists, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Assistants, Surgeons, Oncologists, Pathologists, Diagnostic Imaging Specialists, Clinical Nurse Specialists

Official Language:

English with simultaneous interpretation into Armenian


? 16:00 – 23:20 ?? / Yerevan

? 8:00 – 15:20 ?? / New York

? 13:00 – 20:20 GB / London

Registration is required

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Updates on Pediatric Surgery Dedicated to the Memory of Professor Albert Vanyan

The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is cognizant of its duty to honor those who made substantial contributions to advancement of healthcare and medical education in Armenia. The ICPD is proud to be the organizer of the Virtual Symposium on Updates on Pediatric Surgery, dedicated to Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Albert Vanyan, who stood at the origins of the formation of modern pediatric surgery in Armenia since 1965. He had a great contribution to the formation of children's surgical services (general surgery, thoracic surgery, neonatal surgery, urology, orthopedics and traumatology, neurosurgery) in the country, working at the newly established Yerevan Children's Hospital (now the Surb Astvatsamayr Medical Center), where he worked until the end of his surgical and teaching career. He passed away in summer of 2022 at his 90th.  

Updates on Pediatric Surgery is designed for both practicing, in-training pediatric surgeons, general surgeons and non-surgical physicians interested in the pediatric surgical field. This online webinar will be conducted by collaboration of pediatric surgeons from Washington DC and Armenia.

This comprehensive series will cover updates in the treatment of common pediatric surgical problems, the latest surgical techniques and innovative procedures, including minimally invasive surgery as well as the management of other pediatric surgical diseases.

Leading experts will discuss the management and treatment options from a pediatric surgical perspective. This series assists in decision-making for multiple areas of pediatric surgical practice. The subject matter selected is a cross-section of the cutting-edge surgical practice of today and new developments in pediatric surgical field.

The intention of the program is to increase knowledge of pediatric surgical disease, to analyze the result of new approaches or techniques for managing disease and to examine new concepts in surgical science. The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge, performance, competence, skill and enhanced patient care regarding pediatric surgical disease, analyzing new approaches or techniques for managing disease and examining new concepts in the pediatric surgical science.

Symposium Chair

Dr. Mikael Petrosyan, MD, MBA

Symposium Co-Chairs

Dr. Ara Babloyan, MD, PhD

Dr. Nikolay Dallakyan, MD, PhD

Key faculty from the Joseph E. Robert Jr. Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Target audience: Pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, ICU physicians, newborn surgeons, pediatricians, general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pediatric thoracic surgeons, urologists, neurosurgeons, ENT doctors, oncologists, maxillo-facial surgeons, family doctors and pediatricians, neurologists, rehabilitation specialists, perioperative nurses

Symposium Language

English with Armenian simultaneous translation


2 days, 4 hours per day

Registration required!  

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The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is cognizant of its duty to honor those who made substantial contributions to advancement of healthcare and medical education in Armenia. The ICPD is proud to be the organizer of the 2nd Professor Edgar Housepian Clinical Neuroscience Symposium on Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Professor Edgar Housepian was an internationally-renowned neurosurgeon at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, whose daily activity was oriented to the creation for the sake of a human being, the community and the Country. He led the launch of still operating multiple Continuous Medical Education Programs designed for medical personnel of Armenia and Artsakh. His inexhaustible dedication and open-mindedness very much contributed to improvement of the health care system of Armenia. 

With advances in healthcare and improved survival from communicable disease in pediatric population especially in low- and mid-income countries, there is an increased need for neurosurgical procedures. Despite the influx of knowledge and equipment from diaspora which resulted in improvements in pediatric neurosurgery in post-Soviet Armenia, there is still a need for continuous learning to be able to reach comparable levels of advanced health care systems.

This symposium will create an opportunity for pediatric perioperative neurosurgical specialists in Armenia, to meet their peers from well-known neurosurgical centers in USA and Europe virtually, exchange ideas, and share experience discussing new technologies and techniques.

This symposium provides focused, comprehensive knowledge to neurosurgeons with a specific interest in pediatric, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.


At the end of this symposium, the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss advancements in pediatric stereotactic and functional neurosurgery,
  • Review methods to implement advanced perioperative care for pediatric patients in need of neurosurgical procedures in Armenia
  • Develop new collaborations with peer specialists in USA and Europe
  • Exchange ideas and knowledge with colleagues from different countries and different settings, networking with other professionals,
  • Apply knowledge and the science of pediatric functional neurosurgery to start such programs in Armenia

Course Format 

This two-half day virtual symposium will take place on October 6 and 7, 2023, at 16:00-20:00 Yerevan time and will be moderated to allow questions and answers by participants.


Co-ChairsGarni Barkhoudarian, MD, FAANS (USA), Prof. Ruben Fanarjyan, MD, PhD (Armenia)

Scientific Committee: Nara Lalazaryan, Niko Arzumanyan, Sevak Badalyan

Target Audience 

Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Anesthesiologists and Critical Care Specialists, Neurophysiologists, Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Oncologists, Rehabilitologists, Neuroradiologists

Symposium Language

English with Armenian simultaneous translation

Registration required!

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