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Course Director(s)

  • John P. Bilezikian, MD
  • Badalian Samuel MD
  • Lawrence V. Najarian, MD
  • Kazanjian Gregory DDS
  • Eskanderian Romic Pharm.D
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.
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
at SUNY Upstate Medical University SUNY Upstate Medical University Yerevan State Medical University
Syracuse, New York
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.

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Periodontology & Implant Dentistry

Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Glendale Adventist Medical Services


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




TravelGroup International
125 SE Mizner Blvd,  Suite 14
Boca Raton FL. 33432
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Rates start at TBA per person (Double Occupancy)

*Price subject to change

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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