Rafi Avitsian

MD, FASA, Professor, USA


Academic rank: Professor
Position: Program Director, Neuroanesthesia Fellowship
Institution: Cleveland Clinic

Past president of Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC), Professor of Anesthesiology in department of General Anesthesiology in Cleveland Clinic. An American Board of Anesthesiologists’ Applied Examiner, as well as a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists & recipient of ASA-SEA Distinguished Education Award. Academic interest is mostly in brain tumors, anesthetic methods for seizure surgery, brain protection, outcomes of spine surgery as well as Difficult Airway Management. More than 35 published peer reviewed manuscripts, two book chapters, many abstract presentations and invention patents. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology

Jean Beresian

MD, Assistant Professor, Lebanon


Anesthesia staff
American University of Beirut Medical Center

He is a staff anesthesiologist at American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) specialized in cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia. He graduated medical school from AUB and completed a year of internal medicine followed by anesthesia residency at AUBMC. His fellowship was focused on minimal invasive cardiac procedures at OLV Hospital in Belgium with special emphasis on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). He is a board certified by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). He has joined AUBMC in 2015 and is the director of Pre admission unit since 2016.

His clinical interest also includes anesthesia for minimal invasive cardiac procedures and regional anesthesia. He has a special passion for resident education with special focus on TEE teaching. He has been part of several workshops and mini courses related to TEE and regional anesthesia.

Miguel A. Cruz

MD, Assistant Professor, USA


Academic rank (if applicable)։ Assistant Professor Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Position։ Medical Director of Post-Anesthesia Care
Institution։ Cleveland Clinic

Medical and Doctor PUJ Bogota Colombia
Anesthesiologist Military Hospital, Bogota Colombia
University Motpellier I Pain Management Fellowship
Former executive Secretary of the IASP Colombian Chapter (ACED).
Cleveland Clinic Anesthesia Residency
Cleveland Clinic Staff Anesthesiologist
Member of the CCF Diabetes Care Committee
Medical Director of PACU

D. John Doyle

MD PhD DPhil, Professor, Abu Dhabi


Academic rank: Professor of Anesthesiology
Position։ Anesthesiology Consultant
Institution։ Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Doyle was a Professor of Anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He has a longstanding interest in Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) anesthesia and difficult airway management, as well as the use of technology in medicine.

Dr. Doyle’s interest in research has been supported by a number of funding agencies and he holds positions on multiple editorial boards. His inventions include US Patent No. 4,203,008, as well as some unpatented bioacoustics inventions.

Dr. Doyle received his medical degree in 1982 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 1986, both from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He received his Canadian Board Certification in Anesthesia (FRCPC) in 1986 and his American Broad Certification in 1989. Additionally, Dr. Doyle holds master's degrees in Engineering, Post-Secondary Education, and Medical Ethics.

Kenneth Elmassian

 D.O., FASA, Clinical Professor, USA

Secretary, American Society of Anesthesiologists

Academic rank։ Clinical Professor, Michigan State University
Position։ Secretary
Institution։ American Society of Anesthesiologists

Doctor Elmassian is a practicing anesthesiologist at McLaren Greater Lansing, Lansing, Michigan where he has served as Chairman, Department of Surgical Services, as well as the Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesiology. As a Clinical Professor at Michigan State University, he also is a faculty member of an accredited ACGME anesthesiology residency program.

Besides the leadership roles in his institution, Dr. Elmassian has been an outspoken advocate for anesthesiology, the practice of medicine, and for empowering patients and physicians in his multiple roles at local, state and national levels. He has served as President of his county medical society, and he was the first anesthesiologist in the Michigan State Medical Society’s one-hundred- and forty-seven-yearhistory to be elected President.

Dr. Elmassian has also served as President of the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists and has been a long-standing member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors. Most notably, he was elected by the ASA House of Delegates to the role of ASA Secretary. In his leadership role on the ASA’s Administrative Council, he has had a focus on membership growth and experience and the business development of this 55,000-member organization.

Haroutyun Mangoyan

MD, Professor, Armenia


Position: Head of Chair of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care of Center for Postgraduate and Continuous Education of Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU), Scientific Head of ICU
Institutions: YSMU, ErebuniMedical Center, Vardanants Center for Innovative Medicine

Professional career started in Erebuni medical Center where he consecutively worked as Anesthesiologist in Neurosurgery Department and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Department and later as a Senior Intensive Care Specialist. In 2009 he was appointed as a Head of ICU and in 2013 as a Scientific Head. He is a Board Member of Armenian Society of Anesthesiologists and Intensive Care Specialists and Member of European Society of Anesthesiologists. Academic preferences are sepsis, principles of rational antibacterial therapy, subarachnoid hemorrhage management, ICU delirium, risk assessment and communication strategies in ICU and anesthesia. Author of 27 articles and abstracts, 3 national protocols, 1 national guideline, 2 textbooks and 1 manual.

Shobana Rajan

MD, Attending Anesthesiologist, USA


Position։ Vice chair of education
Institution։ Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Rajan has been practicing Neuroanesthesiology for about 12 years. Her experience includes working in India as well as in the USA. She is currently working at Allegheny health network, Pittsburgh, USA and functions as the vice chair for education and Associate director for Neuroanesthesiology.

Her career in the USA started off with a neuroanesthesia fellowship at the Cleveland clinic with Dr. Rafi Avitsian which gave her great exposure to this specialty.

Dr. Rajan has been actively involved with both research and education in neuroanesthesiology. On the research front, she has a number of publications on Awake craniotomy, Dexmedetomidine, the use of remifentanil, etc. On the education front, she has been active in the area of creating online Learning management systems for resident education.

Dr. Rajan is a board member at the Society for Neuroanesthesiology and critical care where she leads the trainee engagement committee whose vision is opening minds to neuroanesthesia. She is a part of the team that publishes quizzes, creates podcasts etc at the SNACC. She is also an active member of the Society for education in anesthesia. She works as a council member for the International accreditation of Neuroanesthesia fellowships(ICPNT) which hopes to unify and standardize neuroanesthesia fellowships worldwide.

Dr. Rajan is the editor of two Problem based anesthesiology books and an author in a number of book chapters.

Antonio Ramirez

MD, Assistant Professor, Abu Dhabi


He attended the University of Virginia of the completed his residency in Anesthesia at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After residency, Dr. Ramirez began active duty with the United States Air Force. He held various positions the at the USAF base, RAF Lakenheath, in the United Kingdom. He was Medical Director, the Air Force Anesthesia Consultant for the European theatre and the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 48th Medical Group Hospital, Director of the Simulation Center and Medical Director of the Anesthesia Department.

After finishing his commitment to the Air Force, Dr. Ramirez came to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He became an assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He helped to reorganize the Residency Curriculum and was voted Anesthesiologist of the Year in 2012 by the residents and fellows.

Dr Ramirez moved to Abu Dhabi to take part in the opening of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in August of 2014. He has held numerous positions at CCAD including։ Director of the Pre Anesthesia Testing Clinic and the Post Anesthetic Care Unit, Chair of the Emergency Medical Response Committee, Anesthesia Director of the Surgical and Procedural Operations Committee. Currently, he is the Director of the Anesthesia Residency Program.

Hamayak Sisakyan

MD, Professor, Armenia


Academic rank: Professor, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital 1 , Yerevan State Medical University
Position: Head of Department
Institution: University Hospital 1, Yerevan State Medical University

He passed his undergraduate medical education and postgraduate residency at Yerevan State Medical University, Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He received his doctoral research degree in Moscow Medical Sechenov Academy. His teaching activities are related to the undergraduate and postgraduate education in cardiology, continuing medical education in cardiology and echocardiography. His main research activities are related to the study of remodeling in dilated cardiomyopathy, treatment of chronic heart failure, prognostic markers in acute myocardial infarction. He is currently involved is study of several new prognostic factors after acute myocardial infarction and in chronic heart failure. His clinical activities include management of acute and chronic cardiovascular patients, noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostics. He is the first, who invented cardiac MRI in clinical practice in Armenia.

He has many publications in peer-reviewed international journals. He is an author of several handouts in internal diseases and cardiology for undergraduate students. Professor Sisakian has been involved as Principal Investigator and/or National Coordinator in several randomized controlled trials and registries.
Professor Sisakyan is President of Armenian Cardiologists Association and Fellow of American Heart Association.

Armen Varosyan

MD, Associate Professor, Armenia


Academic rank (if applicable): DEAA, PhD, Associate Professor
Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care for postgraduate training of Yerevan State Medical University since
Institution: Yerevan State Medical University, Erebouni Medical Centre

Has 30 years of experience in practical anesthesiology and intensive care, 17 years of experience in academic anesthesiology and anesthesia education. Main scientific and professional interests are development of information management systems in anesthesiology and intensive care, computer technologies in anesthesia education, regional anesthesia. Has 65 publications in total including 8 research articles, 7 review articles, 46 abstracts, 4 books and manuals.

Current positions:
• President of Armenian Society of Anaesthesiologists and Intensive Care Specialists since 2017
• Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care for postgraduate training of Yerevan State Medical University since 2002
• Staff anesthesiologist, Erebouni Medical Centre, Yerevan, Armenia since 2001
• Member of European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) Examination Committee, On-Line Assessment (OLA) Subcommittee Chairperson since 2016
• Examiner for European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care since 2003
• ESA Hospital Visiting and Training Accreditation Program (HVTAP) visitor, since 2014