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Course Director(s)

  • John P. Bilezikian, MD
  • Robert Bagramian, DDS
  • Lawrence V. Najarian, MD
  • Varduhi Petrosyan, MD
John P. Bilezikian, MD
Dr. John P. Bilezikian is the Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. He is Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine for International Education and Research and Chief of the Metabolic Bone Diseases Program at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Bilezikian received his undergraduate training at Harvard College and his medical training at the College of Physicians & Surgeons. Over the past decade, Dr. Bilezikian has initiated a program of skeletal health in Armenia that has featured standing-room only symposia on osteoporosis, leadership roundtables at which the First Lady has presided, and the placement of bone densitometers throughout the country. The acquisition of this technology has facilitated the evaluation of skeletal health which was previously a great challenge. He is also developing research programs in collaboration with colleagues in Armenia. Dr. Bilezikian will summarize these activities as well as provide an update on advances in the evaluation and management of osteoporosis.
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Dr. Robert Bagramian is Professor of Dentistry and Dentistry Public Health at the University of Michigan. He received his DDS degree from Temple University in 1960, and his MPH and DPH degrees from the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. He served, until recently, with great distinction as Dean of the School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia His research has focused in the areas of epidemiology as they relate to Quality of Life issues in oral health. Dr. Bagramian is a leader in many initiatives to improve the quality and delivery of dental health to Armenia. The program in which is a major national figure has not only delivered dental care to virtually all regions of Armenia but also educational programs that teach children and parents the fundamentals of good oral health.
ImageLawrence V. Najarian, MD is a second generation, Armenian American and is the founder and medical director of the Bedminster Eye and Laser Center in Bedminster, New Jersey. He attended college at John Hopkins University. Dr. Najarian attended medical school at University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in ophthalmology at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. After completing a fellowship in ocular immunology at Emory University, he joined the faculty of both New York University and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where he currently teaches the residents in training. Dr. Najarian has served as President of the Armenian American Health Professional Organization (AAHPO) since 2006.
. Dr. Varduhi Petrosyan is Dean of the School of Public Health, American University of Armenia. Dr. Petrosyan received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She has a distinguished record of research on public health issues in Armenia with particular emphasis upon the control of smoking and the containment of tuberculosis. She has also made major contribution to issues related to the delivery of primary medical care, diabetes care, environmental health, and determinants of health disparities among vulnerable populations. Along with her duties as Dean of the School of Public Health, Dr. Petrosyan continues to serve as Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development. The Petrosyan’s lectures will focus upon public health issues in Armenia with attention to the major challenges of smoking and tuberculosis in the country and other important public health issues.


January 20-29, 2017 (9 Day Cruise)


Saturday, January 21, 2017: Conference Room B on Deck 2
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM   Conference Registration
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM   Mission Osteoporosis Armenia: The First Decade: 2007-2017John P. Bilezikian, MD
11:30 AM -12:45 PM   Oral Health in Armenia Part 1: Overview,Robert Bagramian, DDS
Sunday, January 22, 2017: No Sessions
No Sessions – Enjoy day at Labadee Island
Monday , January 23, 2017: Conference Room B on Deck 2
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM   Eye Care Delivery and DevelopmentsLawrence V. Najarian, MD
11:30 AM -12:45 PM   Public Health in Armenia and the issues of Tobacco and Tuberculosis ControlVarduhi Petrosyan, MD
Tuesday, January 24, 2017: No Sessions
No Sessions – Enjoy day at Curacao
Wednesday, January 25, 2017: No Sessions
No Sessions – Enjoy day at Aruba
Thursday, January 26, 2017: No Sessions
No Sessions – Enjoy day at Bonaire
Friday, January 27, 2017: Conference Room B on Deck 2
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM   The New York Diaspora: Impact on Health Care Delivery in ArmeniaLawrence V. Najarian, MD
11:30 AM -12:45 PM   Key Principles of Dental Care in Armenia and throughout the worldRobert Bagramian, DDS
Saturday, January 28, 2017: Conference Room B on Deck 2
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM   Hot Topics in Public Health: the case of ArmeniaVarduhi Petrosyan, MD
11:30 AM -12:45 PM   Dr. B’s  Guide to Better BonesJohn P. Bilezikian, MD

Description & Objectives


The AHC is pleased to announce in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Cruise in 2017 a series of highly educational and informative programs that will cover key areas of health care in Armenia. The program will feature Dr. John P. Bilezikian, as Chair, and Drs. Varduhi Petroysan, Robert Bagramian, and Lawrence Najarian. They will each give two presentations that reviews their work in Armenia as well as more general issues related to their special interests. The program will be certified for 10 hours of Continuing Medical Education Credit. Be sure to make this opportunity a must in your plans to attend the XXth Anniversary Cruise of the AHC.

  • To provide the latest information on nutritional, epidemiological, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of osteoporosis
  • To identify tooth decay in children who don’t have access to dental care and understand what measures can prevent and treat it.
  • Give insight into the visually impaired who are living in settings that do not lend themselves to identification, treatment, and prevention.
  • To integrate knowledge of common public health problems that affect populations at large with preventative approaches to treating them.

Meeting Location

Armenian Heritage Cruise XX




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Accreditation/Designation of Credit

This seminar is being held in partnership with Columbia University, ACCME and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. This seminar is being held in partnership with Columbia University, ACCME and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Amedco and Columbia University. Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP recognized Provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Credit Designation Statement
Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry designates this activity for ten continuing dental education credits.  Individuals must attend the course to receivecredit.


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