Armenia Fund USA’s Latest Medical Mission Elevates Orthopedic Capabilities in Stepanakert

Dr. Stephan Yacoubian (left), Dr. Karen Davtyan (center), and Dr. Shahan Yacoubian (right), operating on a total knee replacement at the Stepanakert Republican Medical Center.

Drs. Stephan and Shahan Yacoubian perform groundbreaking surgeries, train local medical staff
LOS ANGELES—The unprecedented advancement of orthopedic capabilities at the Stepanakert Republican Medical Center, in the capital of Artsakh, has been among the key accomplishments of Armenia Fund USA’s 2018 medical mission to Armenia and Artsakh.

The technical and professional levels of the hospital’s orthopedic capabilities were raised thanks to the volunteer work of renowned orthopedic surgeons and brothers Drs. Stephan and Shahan Yacoubian, as well as orthopedic equipment and supplies donated by DJO Surgical.

Armenia Fund USA’s 2018 medical mission, which took place from September 22 through 26 at Noyemberyan Hospital, in Armenia’s Tavush Region, and from September 27 through October 5 in Stepanakert, was implemented jointly by Armenia Fund USA and Adventist Health.

During the mission in Stepanakert, Drs. Stephan and Shahan Yacoubian performed a total of 18 groundbreaking surgeries, working side by side with local colleagues. The procedures included 14 total-knee-implant operations, which were being executed for the first time in Artsakh, as well as four arthroscopic operations. Dr. Stephan Yacoubian performed arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgeries, while Dr. Shahan Yacoubian performed knee-replacement surgeries. All of these procedures were made possible by state-of-the-art implants and other orthopedic-surgery supplies donated by DJO Surgical, with a total value $200,000.

“We were extremely pleased with our first-ever orthopedic mission to Artsakh,” Dr. Shahan Yacoubian said. “We feel it was a great success, as we were able to provide patients in Artsakh with a range of orthopedic services, such as knee-replacement surgeries, that had never been available to them. Additionally, we were able to collaborate with the local medical staff and establish a strong relationship, which we hope we can build on well into the future. That relationship is already growing, as we’ve begun to follow up on the care of patients treated in Artsakh through telemedicine. I commend and thank everyone’s involvement and commitment to the joint Armenia Fund/Adventist Health medical mission.”

Throughout their work at the Stepanakert Republican Medical Center, Drs. Stephan and Shahan Yacoubian placed utmost emphasis on boosting the technical knowledge and skills of the hospital’s orthopedics staff. Accordingly, the volunteer doctors provided their local colleagues with intensive training in best practices with regard to all aspects and protocols of orthopedic operations, including training in the utilization of equipment and supplies donated by DJO Surgical. By the conclusion of the medical mission in Artsakh, Drs. Stephan and Shahan Yacoubian had, in effect, enabled the Stepanakert Republican Medical Center to establish a world-class department of orthopedics.

“I would like to convey our deep gratitude to Drs. Stephan and Shahan Yacoubian for their marvelous, exemplary spirit of volunteerism, and their outstanding work in helping raise the orthopedic capabilities of the beneficiary hospital to 21st-century standards,” said Sarkis Kotanjian, Executive Director of Armenia Fund USA, and continued, “I would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to DJO Surgical for its extremely generous donation, which made it possible to fully implement the orthopedics component of our mission in Artsakh.”


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