Virtual conference: Armenian CME
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 19:00-22:45 (Registration 18:30) Yerevan Time
Language: English with Armenian simultaneous translation
The goal of the conference is to improve knowledge of the specialists on the pain management of patients after trauma acquired during the recent Artsakh conflict.
Target audience: pain management specialist, orthopedists, neurologists, anesthesiologists, general practitioners, family doctors, rehabilitation specialists,
After registration, you will receive a confirmation letter, which will contain information about joining the conference.
Registration to the conference will be open from 18:30. Please join by 19:00, the preference will be given to the participants who joined by 19:00. (First-come-first-serve basis)
Those who will not be able to attend the conference will be able to watch a recording of the conference in the future, which will not provide CME credits.
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Dr. Talin Evazyan is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles where she also serves as the director of the pain fellowship program. She received her undergraduate education from University of California, 

She received her undergraduate education from University of California, Los Angeles and completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego in 2007. She went on to train at the University of California, Los Angeles in the department on anesthesiology and stayed on to complete an American College of Graduate Medical Association accredited fellowship in chronic pain.  Her practice consists of management of patients with complex sources of chronic pain using both medication management as well as interventional procedures including implantation of novel devices.  She holds an active role in research, as well as teaching and mentoring of medical students, residents, and fellows at the University of Southern California. 

Garo Harmandayan, M.D. is a board-certified palliative care physician in Los Angeles California. Dr. Harmandayan graduated medical school from
Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

He went on to specialize in hospice and palliative care at West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Harmandayan is currently the Director of Cardiac Palliative Care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Revik Vartanian is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine physician, currently practicing at California Sports and Spine Institute. He offers patient-specific, comprehensive, and minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and alleviate pain utilizing both fluoroscopy (X-ray) and ultrasound.

He is well-versed in both basic (epidural, facet joint, sacroiliac joint, medial branch, geniculate nerve, radiofrequency nerve ablation) and advanced interventional spine procedures (including lumbar decompressive procedures like MILD/Vertiflex, and neuromodulation), peripheral nerve/musculoskeletal procedures, and many regenerative medicine treatments. As a physiatrist, he also performs electrodiagnostic testing (EMG/NCS) to help evaluate for nerve and/or muscle disorders.

He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of California, Irvine where he served as a chief resident. Then he completed a fellowship in interventional pain medicine at the UC San Diego Center for Pain Management. He was trained under distinguished faculty with multi-specialty backgrounds, allowing him to perfect his skills and obtain knowledge in managing complex pain conditions.

He has a passion for enhancing the quality of life in patients. He appreciates treating pain through a multidisciplinary approach, a concept that is deeply rooted in the practice of physiatry.

Andrui Nazarian MD, MS, MSHCAM is a double-board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician in Los Angeles, California.  She completed her undergraduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a physiological sciences major and Armenian studies minor. 

She then went on to Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences, where she obtained a masters in healthcare management and administration, a masters in biomedical sciences, as well as a doctorate in medicine degree from Chicago Medical School.  She completed a 1 year internship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) at Fresno, and subsequently went on to complete an anesthesiology residency at Harbor UCLA. Dr. Nazarian also completed a comprehensive fellowship in pain management at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). 

Dr. Nazarian believes that a comprehensive approach to pain management is the best way to improve the pain and the quality of life for patients. She uses many different fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided techniques, medication management, and alternative therapies to provide the best care to complex pain patients.  Dr. Nazarian is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and serves on the Pain Management Committee of the California Society of Anesthesiologists.  Dr. Nazarian has presented her academic work in multiple national conferences as well as published several pain management book chapters. She believes it’s important to stay on top of your field, be involved in contributing organizations, and be a more active member of society.   

Dr. Tandik Evazyan received her medical degree from the University of Vermont, Robert Larner College of Medicine.  After completing her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Southern California she continued with fellowship training in Pain Management at USC.

Currently she practices at Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park as a board-certified Interventional Pain Management specialist.  Her practice includes management of patients with acute and chronic pain using interventional procedures, as well as performing regional anesthesia in the perioperative setting.  In her spare time, Dr. Evazyan enjoys cooking, reading, and staying physically active.

Rafi Avitsian M.D. FASA, is a Professor of Anesthesiology in the department of General Anesthesiology in Cleveland Clinic. He is the program director of Neuroanestheisology Fellowship and one of the founders, as well as executive board member, of International Council for Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT).

He is the immediate past president of Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC).He is an American Board of Anesthesiologists’ Applied Senior Examiner, as well as a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists & recipient of ASA-SEA Distinguished Education Award. His academic interest is mostly in brain tumors, anesthetic methods for seizure surgery, brain protection and outcomes of spine surgery as well as Difficult Airway Management. His clinical studies are mostly directed to finding ways to improve the outcome of surgery after neurosurgical procedures. He is also interested in medical innovations with already filed as well as published patents. Dr. Avitsian is on the executive board of International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) in Armenia.

Dr. Raymond Tatevossian is a founding partner of Comprehensive Spine & Pain Physicians. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with fellowship training in Pain Medicine from the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Tatevossian has been practicing Pain Medicine for 11 years and has held the 

Chair of the Pain and Palliative Care at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for the last 10 years.Dr. Tatevossian manages all chronic pain conditions. He holds special interest in minimally invasive spine procedures as well as the use of stem cells to alleviate chronic spine related pain conditions. He regularly lectures in the community as well as teaches new physicians advanced procedures. With membership in the American Academy of Pain Medicine as well as the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Dr. Tatevossian is on the forefront of advanced treatment options in the field of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Aram Shahinyan is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician. He was born in Armenia and received his medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University named after Mkhitar Heratsi.fter completing his training in Anesthesiology and Critical Care

in the same institution, he then moved to the United States, where he completed his Anesthesiology residency in Geisinger Medical Center and Pain Medicine fellowship in Cleveland Clinic. He is currently practicing in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology. His clinical interests include neuropathic pain and neuromodulation therapies.

Dr. Bella Grigoryan, MD, PHD,    works for the University Hospital of Yerevan since 1999 doing EMG/EP and Neurology Consultations.  She has  graduated Yerevan State Medical University in 1986,  was trained in Neurology in the National Institute of Health , started her work at the  municipal hospital in the city օf Vanadzor. 

She has  had  two  Fellowships  in 1990, 1992 in Columbia Presbiterian Medical Center  in New York at the departments of  Neuromuscular Diseases, Rehabilition  Medicine and the EMG lab, she has done  several internships in different European Medical Institutions during last years.  During 13 years (2003-2016) she was coordinating  Salzburg International Medical Program in Armenia. She is the country representative in the European Academy of Neurology.  For many years she actively works as a practicing doctor, as an educator and as a member of numerous charity projects, including   the last  project –  providing  neuropathic pain relief medication and nerve recovery  management  to Wounded Soldiers  of the  Second Artsakh  War. 


Dr. Avetis Avetisyan, MD, PhD, graduated from the Yerevan State Medical University. He continued his
residency in Neurology at the Department of Neurology of the same university. While serving in the
army, he received a PhD degree on the topic "Influence of neuropathic pain syndrome on the quality of
life of patients, depression, anxiety and sleep”.

He was the Chairman of the of Young Scientists
Association of YSMU, Vice-President of the Armenian Association for the Study of Pain. He is a member
of over 10 local and foreign medical associations and organizations. Author and co-author of over 30
research and scientific articles.
At present Dr. Avetisyan is the Director of Kanaker-Zeytun Medical Center and founder and president of
the "Armenian Association of Pain Medicine".
Along with his professional activities, he is a writer. His last book “The longest letter: Road to Light” was
dedicated to the victims of the Artsakh war.