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General Surgeon Surgical Oncologist & Bariatric Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Medicine General surgery, Gastric Bypass, Lapband, Obesity, Laparoscopic, Endoscopic, Intraoperative Lymphatic Mapping, Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, Gastrointestinal, Breast, Liver Resection, Cryoablation, Radiofrequency, Ablation, Liver Tumors, GI,

Expert Witness No. 3389

SPECIALTY
   
General Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist and Bariatric Surgeon in private practice.
Areas of special expertise and interest:
        Surgical treatment of obesity (open, laparoscopic, and endoscopic)
        Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding LAP-BAND and REALIZE BAND certified
        Surgical Oncology
        Diseases of the Breast and Gastrointestinal Tract
        Intraoperative Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection Liver Resection,          
        Cryoablation and Radiofrequency Ablation (open and laparoscopic) for primary and metastatic   
        liver tumors

BOARD CERTIFICATION

American Board of Bariatric Medicine-recertification         2009
American Board of Surgery- recertification                          2006
American Board of Bariatric Medicine                                  2005
American Board of Surgery                                                    1997

EDUCATION

1996-1997  John Wayne Cancer Institute: Fellowship in Surgical Oncology (Society of Surgical Oncology accredited program)

1992-1996  University of Texas Houston, Department of Surgery M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: General Surgery Residency

1991-1992  John Wayne Cancer Institute: National Institute of Health Clinical and Research Fellowship in Surgical Oncology

1990-1991  UCLA Department of Surgery: American Cancer Society Clinical and Research Fellowship in Surgical Oncology Award #91-187

1991  Advanced Endosurgical Techniques Seminar: Wadsworth VA Hospital, Los Angeles, California

1989  “Life Flight” University of Texas Houston helicopter rescue team physician

1989-1990  University of Texas Houston Department of Surgery M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: General Surgery Internship
   
1989  Cardiovascular Surgery Externship and mitral valve repair course at “Le Club Mitrale” with Professor Alain Carpentier, Hospital Broussais, Paris, France

1985-1989  UCLA School of Medicine, M.D. Degree, May 21, 1989

1986-1987  UCLA Department of Pathology post-sophomore fellow in Anatomical and Surgical Pathology (recognized as postgraduate training year by the American Board of Pathology)

1982-1985  Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania Pre-clinical training
       
1980-1981  Associated Technical College Los Angeles, California Medical Assistant Diploma

1978-1979  Yerevan Medical Institute, Armenia: Medical Student

1968-1978  Maiakovski Secondary School, Yerevan, Armenia High School Diploma

CONTINUING EDUCATION

2011  Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication (LGCP) Course, 5/2011, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

2011  Gastric Imbrication/Pleat Course, 4/2011, Bariatric Surgical Solutions, Hospital                 Angeles Tijuana, Tijuana, MX

2011  11th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium, 2/2011, Salt Lake City, Utah

2010  15th World Congress of IFSO, 9/2010,  Long Beach – Los Angeles, California

2010  27th Annual Meeting of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 6/2010, Las Vegas, NV

2010  Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System Advanced Surgeon Training  Workshop, 6/2010, Las Vegas, NV.

2010  12th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, 4/2010. Washington D.C.

2010  Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium, 3/2010, St. Louis, MO

2010  Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) 2/2010, Sand Diego, CA

2010  Third Annual Symposium on Personalized Therapies for Breast Cancer, 2/2010, La Jolla, CA

2009  2nd Annual Gastric Band Summit, 11/2009, Orlando, FL

2009  American College of Surgeons, 95th Annual Clinical Congress, 10/2009, Chicago, IL

2009  American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Course, 10/2009, Chicago, IL

2009  American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 59th Annual Obesity & Associated Conditions
Symposium, 10/2009, Costa Mesa, CA
           
2009  American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO 2009 Annual Meeting, 5/2009, Orlando, FL
                 
2009  Surgical Concepts in Single Incision Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, 5/2009, Henderson, NV
   
2009  The American Society of Breast Surgeons, 2009 Annual Meeting, 4/2009, San Diego, CA

2009  Second Annual International Consensus Summit for Sleeve Gastrectomy   (ICSSG-2), 2009, Miami Beach, FL

2009  The Society of Surgical Oncology, 62nd Annual Cancer Symposium, 3/2009, Phoenix, AZ

2009  Lap-Band Total Care Forum, 1/2009, Irvine, CA

2008  American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 25th Annual Meeting, 6/2008, Washington, D.C.

2008  Realize Personalized Banding Solution Training, 5/2008 Cincinnati, OH

2008  Allergan Medical Sponsored Advanced Patient Management Training Program Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System- Patient Management Workshop, 3/2008, Las Vegas, NV

2007  Department of Public Health of the State of California- Fluoroscopy X-RAY Supervisor and Operator License. Expiration Date- January 31, 2010

2007  American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 24th Annual Meeting, 6/2007, San Diego, CA

2007  Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES 2007 Scientific Session and Postgraduate Courses, 4/2007, Las Vegas, NV

2007  American College of Surgeons, Joint Sponsorship Program, American Hepato- Pancreato-Billiary Association, 7th   Annual Meeting, 4/2007, Las Vegas, NV         

2006  American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 23rd Annual Meeting, 6/2006, San Francisco, CA

2006  Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES 200 Scientific Session and Postgraduate Courses, 4/2006, Dallas, TX

2006  Society of Surgical Oncology, 59th Annual Cancer Symposium, 3/2006, San Diego, CA

2005  American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 22nd Annual Meeting, 6/2005, Orlando, FL

2005  Inamed, Lap-Band ® Adjustable Gastric Banding System Workshop, 6/2005, Orlando, FL

2004 American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Practice Improvement/Productivity Seminar, 9/2004, Orlando, FL

2004  American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Basic Bariatric Course, 9/2004, Orlando, FL

2004  American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 54th Annual Obesity and Associated Conditions Symposium, 9/2004, Orlando, FL

2004  American Society of Bariatric Surgery, 2-day Training Course for LAP-BAND(INAMED), 6/2004, San Diego, CA
             
2004  American Society of Bariatric Surgery 21st Annual Meeting, 3-day Plenary Session, 6/2004, San Diego, CA

2003  American Society of Bariatric Surgery, Advance Bariatric Surgery Course, 6/2003, San Diego, CA

2003  American Society of Bariatric Physicians 53rd Annual Obesity Symposium, 10/2003, Chicago, IL

2003 American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Western Regional Obesity Course, 5/2003,   Las Vegas, NV

2003  American Board of Bariatric Medicine Review Course, 5/2003, Las Vegas, NV

2003  American Society of Bariatric Physicians, New Practitioner Seminar, 5/2003, Las Vegas, NV

2003  Management of weight gain: A pharmacologic approach in Metabolic and Neurologic conditions, Seminar at the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting, 5/2003, San Diego, CA

2002  Essentials of Bariatric Surgery Course, Sponsored by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), 6/2002 Las Vegas, NV

2002  American Society for Bariatric Surgery 19-th Annual Meeting, 6/2002, Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, NV

2002  LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System, BioEnterics Sponsored training program, including theoretical and practical instruction in the laparoscopic placement of the LAP-BAND, 5/2002, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

2002    Bariatric Surgery Preceptorship at the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity, a designated center for Bariatric Surgery preceptorship by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) 5/2002, Hawaiian Gardens, CA

2002  European Course in Laparoscopic Surgery (including theoretical and practical instruction as well as first assisting on several laparoscopic placements of the LAP-BAND adjustable gastric banding system), University Hospital Saint Pierre, Department of Gastro-Intestinal Surgery, Professor Guy-Bernard Cadiere, 4/2002, Bruxelles, Belgium

2002  Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Course, Legacy Clinical Research and Technology Center, 4/2002, Portland, OR

2002  LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System Workshop, 3/2002, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

2002  Minimally Invasive Surgery for Morbid Obesity Course, chaired by Dr. Philip Shauer from University of Pittsburgh, 2/2002, Breckenridge, CO

2001  Laparoscopic Management of Hepatic Malignancies Course, The Endo-Surgery Institute, Legacy Clinical Research and Technology Center, 12/2001, Portland, OR
   
2001  LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System Training Course with Professor Guy-Bernard Cadiere, University Hospital Saint Pierre, 10/2001, Bruxelles, Belgium

2001  Breast Ultrasound and Ultrasound Guided Breast Procedures (American Society of Breast
Surgeons)

2001  Stereotactic Core Biopsy of Breast Tumors (American Society of Breast Surgeons)

2001  Minimally Invasive Surgery for Morbid Obesity Course, Chaired by Dr. Philip  Shauer from University of Pittsburgh, 2/2001, Salt Lake City, UT
               
1999  Cosmetic Breast Surgery (American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgeons)

1999  Hands-on Ultrasound for Surgeons (Society of Surgical Oncology)


PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

Current:
    UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Linden Crest Surgery Center
    Olympia Medical Center
    Mission Community Hospital
    Temple Community Hospital
    Brighton Surgical Center
    Doctors Surgery Center
    Cohen Medical Center
   
Past:       
    NewHope Bariatrics Weight Loss Center-Medical Director
    Ellipse Technologies, Scientific Advisory Board Member
    Tarzana Surgery Center-Bariatric Surgery Program Medical Director
    Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center - Lap-Band Program Director
    Miracle Mile Medical Center
    Mission Community Hospital-Bariatric Surgery Program Medical Director   
    Cedars Sinai Medical Center Surgical Oncology teaching staff
    Hollywood Community Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program Director
    City of Hope National Cancer Center Consulting Staff, Department of Surgical Oncology
    Century City Hospital Breast Center Medical Director
    Century City Hospital Liver Cryosurgery Panel member
    Glendale Memorial Health Center Surgical Oncology SWOG Investigator #24090
    Queen of Angels Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Cancer Committee member
    Queen of Angels Hollywood Presbyterian Breast Center Medical Director

HONORS AND SPECIAL AWARDS
   
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons-FACS
Fellow of the International College of Surgeons-FICS
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Member
American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) Member
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Member
Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Member
American Cancer Society Board of Directors Member for the Los Angeles Chapter-ACS
European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) Member
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Member
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Member
American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) Member
American Association for the Advancement of Science Member
Southern California Academy of Clinical Oncology (SCACO) member
American Society of Cosmetic Surgery Member
UCLA Alumni Association Member
American Cancer Society award # 91-187, 1990
A Toast to the Masters from INAMED Health, 6/15/2004
Honorary Doctor Title from Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, 2000
Strathmore’s WHO’S WHO 2000-2001
National Republican Congressional Committee National Leadership Award Honorary
Co-Chairman Physician Advisory Board, 2000

 
CHARITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

Anahid Fund- 1.5 million Births to Replace the 1.5 Million Deaths, 2009
Armenian American Chamber of Commerce, 2009
American Russian Medical and Dental Association-2008 Saving Lives Gala, A celebration for Israel”, 2008
Fundraiser Banquest for Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel
American College of Surgeons, Professional Association, 2008
Armenian Relief Society -21st  Annual Fashion Show organized by Sepan Charter, 2008
Armenian American Medical Society of CA- Health Fair in St Mary’s Church, 2008
Armenian National Treasures Foundation Annual Fundraiser
Armenian Relief Society of Western USA-6th Annual Armenian Festival, 2007
Armenian American Medical Society of CA, Rural Hospital Building Project of AAMSC in Armenia
American Russian Medical and Dental Association, Sourasky Medical Center, 2007
Armenian Relief Society -20th Fashion Show organized by Sepan Charter, 2007
American College of Surgeons, Professional Society, 2007
American Russian Medical and Dental Association , 2006
Armenian American Medical Society of CA- Health Fair in St Mary’s Church, 2007
Breast Cancer Early Detection Program and Breast Cancer Treatment Fund provider for uninsured & indigent patients 1997-2002 at Hollywood Presbyterian Breast Center/ Hospital
Public Education for Breast Cancer Screening, Early Detection and Prevention
Armenian American Medical Society of Southern California President 1998-2001
Organized annual health fair 1999, 2000, 2001
Organized fundraisers for patient education
$25,000 in 1999 for Breast Cancer Awareness
$15,000 in 2000 for Women’s Health
$22,000 in 2001 for Men’s Health
Organized fundraiser for building a medical library for the Armenian Medical University in Yerevan Armenia ($100,000) and led a delegation of 70 American physicians to its opening in 2000, October
Organized monthly CME dinner lectures for physician members
Received commendation from Congressmen Brad Sherman and Adam Schiff
Hayastan All Armenian Fund - Vice President 2001- 2002
Russian American Medical Dental Association Board of Directors member 2002-2003
Organized Fundraiser Banquet for “Jews in Crisis” project with the Jewish Federation, which   
raised $ 260,000 for Sourasky Hospital Trauma Center in Tel Aviv, Israel
“Health Plus” Magazine editor and advisor
“Women’s Health and the Media”: International Conference sponsored by Humana Corporation, Mangalia, Romania, 1999. Member of American Delegation of Physicians and Journalists educating Eastern-European Journalists on reporting Women’s Health issues

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
   
Available upon request

SPECIAL INTERESTS
   
    Fluent in Spanish, Russian, Armenian, French, Romanian, Italian
    Photography, Travel, Chess, Table Tennis

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