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ICPD offers Armenian CME and USA CME, CDE (dental) credits to participants of this conference according to their country of practice.

This event is virtual.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.
Language: English / Armenian

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ICPD Virtual Conference entitled “COVID Pandemic-Lessons Learnt”  is designed for physicians and health care professionals to address the much-needed information about this pandemic. This conference is aimed to fill the educational gap in clinical, epidemiologic, regulatory and innovative aspects of this pandemic.
Fund For Armenian Relief (FAR) is the principal sponsor of the conference.
ICPD has partnered with Skill as an organizational partner of the conference.
This is a multispecialty conference, targeting audience from major cities and all regions in Armenia and Artsakh, but welcomes participants from interested individuals worldwide. Registration is free of charge in light of current economic crisis.


Vahe Khachadourian, MD, PhD

Vahe Khachadourian, MD, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) of the American University of Armenia (AUA).

Kim Hekimian, PhD

Kim Hekimian, PhD is Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University.

Tsoline Kojaoghlanian, MD

Tsoline Kojaoghlanian,  MD. Her basic research has focused on adenoviruses and she is working in all aspects of COVID-19 at her organization. She obtained her Medical Doctor degree at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. 

Samuel S. Badalian, MD, PhD,

Samuel S. Badalian, MD, PhD,  Chief of Department of Obstetrics and Gyneco at Bassett Healthcare Network in New York, Clinical Professor at Upstate Medical University, State University of New York.

George Melikian, MD, MPH

George Melikian, MD, MPH is a Board certified physician (in infectious diseases and internal medicine), medical director, and professional statistician. He is currently director of infectious disease at Facey Medical Group.

Shant Shirvanian, MD

Dr. Shant Shirvanian  attended Medical School at Ross University, where he graduated with Highest HonHors. He is currently practices full-time Critical Care in the ICU at Adventist Health, Glendale.

Khodam Rostomian, MD

Dr. Khodam Rostomian is assistant area medical director at Southern California Kaiser Permanente. He is elected member of Board of Directors of Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

Lorky Libaridian, MD

Lorky Libaridian is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, New York. 

Arbi Karapetian

Arbi V. Karapetian is the Technical Group Supervisor for the Technology Infusion Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California. He holds a Master of Science in Spacecraft System Architecture & Engineerg.


Session I – Epidemiology of COVID

Varduhi Petrosyan, MS, PhD

PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MS, University of Idaho

Dr. Varduhi Petrosyan is a professor and dean in the Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), American University of Armenia (AUA).

Hambardzum Simonyan, MD

Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan is the Deputy Country director on developments and the Healthcare programs director of Fund for Armenian Relief of America (FAR). Along with his work in FAR, Dr. Simonyan holds the position of the monitoring officer in Armenia of Artsakh-Armenia Fund (AAF).

Session II – Clinical Issues in Pediatric and Pregnant

Ashot Sarkissian, MD, PhD

Ashot Sarkissian, MD, PhD, Professor

  • Head of Division of Nephrology and Director of Pediatric Programs, Arabkir Medical Center in Yerevan
  • Chairman of Paediatric Department of Yerevan State Medical University

Norayr Ghoukasyan, MD, PhD

Norayr Ghukasyan, Phd, MD, 39 years old, is a senior obstetrician/gynaecologist at Erebuni Maternity House since 2010. He had his residency in Obstetrics and gynaecology at National Institute of Health from 2003-2007 and took his PhD in 2011. 

Session III –Clinical Issues in Adult Patients

Sargis Ghazaryan, MD, PhD

Sargis Ghazaryan, MD, PhD 

Anesthesiologist at Astghik Medical Center Adviser to Director, Chief of COVID clinic at St Grigor Lousavoritch Medical Center. Anesthesia Intensive Care Specialist.

Narina Sargsyants, MD, PhD

Narina K. Sargsyants, MD, PhD
Health Ministry Advisor in the field of Infectious Diseases – MOH, Infectologist in Elit-Med Medical Center, Elit-Med Medical Center, Infectionist, Out-Patients Department. 

    Session IV – Rsource allocation, Reopening and Innovation

    Ani Aprahamian, PhD

    Professor Ani Aprahamian is the director of A. Alikhanyan National Laboratory of Armenia and a Frank M. Freimann professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. 

    Armen Aboulian, MD

    Armen Aboulian is board certified in General and Colorectal Surgery. He completed his residency at University of California-Harbor program and colorectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.


    Rafi Avitsian MD, FASA

    Rafi Avitsian M.D. FASA, is a Professor of Anesthesiology in the department of General Anesthesiology in Cleveland Clinic. He is on the executive board of International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) in Armenia.

    Gevorg Yaghjyan, MD, PhD

    Dr. Yaghjyan is a skillful physician educator who is experienced as a leader in healthcare. Dr. Yaghjyan has served as Director of Medical Programs at the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia

    Ara Babloyan, MD, PhD

    Ara Babloyan, MD, PhD is a Scientific Director of ARABKIR Medical Center. Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Surgery of Yerevan State Medical University.




    The International Center for Professional Development is created with the goal of providing resources to continuously improve knowledge and experience in the field of healthcare for practitioners, health science professionals and biomedical technology experts. This center relies on live conferences, online modules, workshops and simulation centers to make the latest advances in healthcare to professionals both in Armenia and worldwide.