Faculty

Richard V. Aghababian, MD chairs the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a professor of medicine and Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Aghababian is past-president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and helped to develop and teach the emergency medical care program for providers and instructors in Armenia and other NIS countries.

Richard Babayan, MD, is professor of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Vigen Babikian, MD is associate professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and directs the medical elective in Armenia.

William Bicknell, MD founded and directs the Boston University School of Public Health’s Department of International Health. Dr. Bicknell formerly served as Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts.

Anna Boshyan, MD, formerly an assistant professor in the Yerevan Regional EMS Training Center of the Girgor Lusavorich (formerly Emergency Scientific)Medical Center, Yerevan, has moved on to a non-governmental organization working in Armenia.

Kathryn Brinsfield, MD, is an instructor, Boston University School of Medicine, and associate medical director of the Emergency Medical Services of the City of Boston.

Kathryn Brush, MS, RN, CCRN, formerly of Boston Medical Center, is a Surgical Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked extensively on educational initiatives with the Armenian nurses in Boston and Yerevan. She is on the Executive Board of the council of Armenian American Nurses and is a member of AACN, AANN and the SCCM. Ms. Brush completed her 7th professional trip to Armenia in March 1999.

Aram V. Chobanian, MD, professor of medicine (formerly dean) of Boston University School of Medicine, is President ad interim of Boston University. Dr. Chobanian is a medical scientist who directed the School of Medicine’s Hypertension Specialized Center of Research and Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute for most of his professional career. Dr. Chobanian is also past-chairman of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on High Blood Pressure Research, the FDA’s Cardiorenal Advisory Committee, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Task Force on Research in Hypertension. He has been a member of several editorial boards including the New England Journal of Medicine, Hypertension, Journal of Hypertension, Blood Pressure, Journal of Vascular Biology, and Hypertension Research. He has been a recipient of the 1990 Modern Medicine Award, the Award of Merit of the AHA, the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Hypertension of the AHA’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research, and the 1993 Abbott Award of the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Chobanian directs Boston University Medical Center’s partnership with Girgor Lusavorich Medical Center.

Gregory Ciottone, MD, formerly director of the Institute for Disaster and Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, established a similar institute within Harvard University’s international programs division. Dr. Ciottone helped develop and teach the emergency medical care program for providers and instructors in Armenia and other NIS countries.

Michael DerBoghosian is the senior engineer in the Department of Clinical Engineering at Boston Medical Center, who holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

Christopher Dong, MD, formerly associate medical director of the Emergency Medical Services of the City of Boston, helped develop and teach the prehospital emergency medical care program for providers and instructors in Armenia and other NIS countries. He developed the evaluation database used to track educational and patient care outcomes of the Partnership Program.

Frank Feeley, JD is clinical associate professor of Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine and associate director of the Department of International Health of Boston University School of Public Health. Trained as a lawyer, he served as Assistant Commissioner of Public Health in Massachusetts, and has a continuing interest in the regulation of private health providers and the administration of public health services.

Rosanna Ginosian, Director of Nursing, ESMC, was appointed Chief Nurse, Armenian Ministry of Health 1998-1999 and Chair, Clinical Nursing, ANIH in 1999. She was inducted into the international nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, one of only a few nurses from the NIS countries chosen for this prestigious society.

Erwin F. Hirsch, MD is director of trauma at Boston Medical Center’s Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. Dr. Hirsch, a professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, helped develop and teach the emergency medical care program for providers and instructors in Armenia and other NIS countries. He directed the development of teleconferencing as a medical education and clinical consultation tool.

Donna Jenkins, MS, RN, formerly at Boston Medical Center, is a Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has provided guidance in the establishment of the Armenian Nurses Association and has supported each ANA event to date. Donna’s trips to Yerevan have focused on critical care education and further development/refinement of the teacher-nurse program.

Cecilia Joseph, RN, MPH formerly executive director of nursing operations at Boston Medical Center, was a delegate to the Task Force on Nursing Leadership of the American International Health Alliance, and has directed leadership development and training of nurses in Armenia. Ms. Joseph represented the partnership at the inaugural meeting of the Armenian Nurses and Midwives Association in April 1996.

Kirsten Levy, MBA formerly project manager of the Boston University Medical Center/Armenia Medical Partnership Program, continues to advise the partnership.

James O. Menzoian, MD professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, is chief of the Section of Vascular Surgery at Boston Medical Center. He is a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery, Society of University Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Menzoian developed a three-day seminar on the management of patients with vascular injuries that was held in Yerevan, Armenia and has produced a video presentation for this course which is available in both Armenian and Russian languages.

Ellen McGonagle, RN is a staff nurse in the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center and also Chief Nurse, Massachusetts Army National Guard, the second highest ranked nurse in the state.

Ara M. Minasian, MD is chairman of the Girgor Lusavorich Medical Center, Yerevan, Armenia and has co-directed this partnership’s development since 1992. Dr. Minasian served as the equivalent of Public Health Commissioner for the city of Yerevan for many years.

Lawrence Mottley, MD formerly directed the Emergency Medical Services for the City of Boston. Dr. Mottley is associate clinical professor of emergency medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration. Dr. Mottley helped develop and teach the emergency medical care program for providers and instructors in Armenia and other NIS countries.

Peter H. Moyer, MD, an associate professor of medicine, directs the Emergency Medical Services for the City of Boston. Dr. Moyer helped develop and teach the emergency medical care program for providers and instructors in Armenia and other NIS countries.

Hovaness Sarkavagian, MD head of thoracic surgery of the Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center, is the director of the trauma center of that institution. He has perfected his knowledge of trauma systems and administration during several training experiences at the Boston University Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center.

Domenic Screnci, EdD is the director of the Educational Media Center at the Boston University School of Medicine. He has been involved with teleconferencing and distance learning since 1986 and serves as an educational technology systems designer and integrator and a producer of instructional materials for distance learning projects. Dr. Screnci is a member of the International TeleConferencing Association, United States Distance Learning Association and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology.

Marie Vartanian, RN formerly vice president of patient care services, MetroWest Medical Center, has guided the development of the program’s nursing initiatives since 1992 and now serves as partnership coordinator. She is a member of the AIHA Task Force on Nursing and also helped develop and teach the prehospital emergency care program for providers and instructors in Armenia and other NIS countries.

Anooshavan Virabian, MD chief of Ambulance Substation #5 of Yerevan’s Emergency Ambulance Service, is the director of the Yerevan Regional EMS Training Center and one of its faculty. He also directs the computerized data collection efforts to record response intervals and patient outcomes for the trauma/training ambulances that are newly deployed in the city.

Anahit Yuzbashyan is the information coordinator of Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center, Yerevan, Armenia.

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of BU School of Medicine