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Course Director(s)

  • John P. Bilezikian, MD
  • Samuel Badalian, MD, PhD
  • Romic Eskandarian, Pharm.D
  • Gregory Kazanjian, DDS
  • Lawrence V. Najarian, 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.

Dr. Badalian is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Urology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and the Director of the Gynecology and Urogynecology Center of Syracuse, NY. He is an internationally recognized surgeon who has operated on patients from all over the U.S. and the world.

He received his MD degree in 1981 and continued his education and research by receiving a Ph.D. degree in Physiology in 1986 and a Doctor of Medical Science degree in 1990. In 1992, he completed his fellowship program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and continued to work at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University under the tutelage of Dr. Harold E. Fox. The following 3 years, he published numerous scientific papers and became a worldwide expert in his field. Dr. Badalian completed his residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and is now Board-Certified in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).

Dr. Badalian belongs to a number of professional societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in which he served as a Chair of Section 5, District II (New York State) in 2010-2013. He is a member in good standing with the American Urogynecological Society (AUGS), International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), Robert E. L. Nesbitt, Jr. Ob/Gyn Society (Secretary), and the American Armenian Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO).

In addition, Dr. Badalian served as a contributing editor and reviewer for the Journal of “Obstetrics and Gynecology” from 1995 to 2005, “Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery” and a grants reviewer for the American Urogynecological Society Foundation. He has authored more than 45 scientific journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts and is an internationally recognized lecturer and pelvic surgeon. By being an expert in pelvic surgery, he was invited on multiple occasions to perform and teach the newest technologies in pelvic reconstruction to different countries like Russia, France, Ghana, Kazakhstan, and Armenia.

Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Glendale Adventist Medical Services
Dr. Eskandarian began his pharmacy career as an intern with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in the division of pharmaceutical affairs headquarters. His responsibilities included analyzing utilizations of pharmaceuticals and supplies in various county hospitals and Comp-Centers.

He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy from Western University of Health Sciences. Throughout pharmacy school, he worked as a pharmacist intern at Adventist Health-Glendale. After his graduation, he worked as a clinical pharmacist for two years at White Memorial Medical Center. He then returned to Glendale in 2005 as the Clinical Coordinator and began the development of Pharmacy Residency Program. In 2008 he was promoted to Senior Director for the Pharmaceutical Services. He is also holds the position of Corporate Director of Adventist Health Tele-Pharmacy division. Dr. Eskandarian teaches as adjunct professor of clinical pharmacology in USC, Western University, and West Coast University.

Among his hospital Pharmacy accomplishments are the development of:
      Medication therapy management program
      ED pharmacy program
      Discharge Pharm.D reconciliation program
      Pharm.D. insulin management services
      Ground rounds in Critical Care units program
      Antibiotic Stewardship Program- Committee Chair  
      Out-patients anticoagulation clinic
      Research and publications  in various disciplines including infectious disease and anticoagulation
      Development of discharge prescription outpatient pharmacy (Meds to Bed) program for Adventist Health-Glendale
Associate Clinical Professor of Periodontology and Implantology. New York University, College of Dentistry, New York, NY
Born in Bucharest, Romania, moved to Boston MA where I completed college. Graduated dental school from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Received residency certificate in General Dentistry as well as in Periodontology from the VA Medical Center in New York, where I held the position of Director of Periodontal Residency Program for 38 years. Now, semi-retired and teaching at NYU. My wife and I have been going and participating in teaching activities in Armenia where gum disease is very rampant. Have also written a book called “PERIODONTOLGY” on the cause and treatment of gum disease for students and dentists in Armenian.
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.


January 20-28, 2018 (8 Day Cruise)


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Description & Objectives


The AHC is pleased to announce in conjunction with the 21st Anniversary Cruise in 2018 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. Gregory Kazandjian, Lawrence Najarian, Samuel Badalian and Romic Eskanderian, Pharm.D. They will each give two presentations that review 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 XXI Anniversary Cruise of the AHC.

  • To provide the latest information on nutritional, epidemiological, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of osteoporosis
  • Recognizing gum disease in Armenia and relating its systemic implications to major body organs, if untreated.
  • 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 XXI




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125 SE Mizner Blvd,  Suite 14
Boca Raton FL. 33432
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Accreditation/Designation of Credit

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 collaboration of Amedco and Columbia University. Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement - Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as approved accreditors and allow reciprocity for AANPCP continuing education credit.

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