Medical Mission from Buffalo to Armenia
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Completes Medical Mission from Buffalo to Armenia
On May 23rd, a group of Western New York surgeons from the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation along with University at Buffalo and Daemen College medical, nursing, and physician assistant students traveled to Stepanakart, Armenia, to perform surgeries on those in need at the Armenian Republican Hospital.
The team accomplished over 75 surgeries in three days, including orthopaedic, plastic, and vascular surgeries. Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian performed vascular surgery alongside his Armenian counterpart Dr. Davit Khachatryan. Dr. Karamanoukian trained Dr. Davit to perform endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) and sclerotherapy during his stay and donated an ultrasound and EVLT machines to the hospital, while teaching the students how to read ultrasounds and perform EVLT procedures as well. ”This trip to Armenia was a dream come true for me in two ways,” Dr. Karamanoukian declared. “First, it took me to my grandparents’ homeland, and second, it fulfilled our medical mission and Hope For Tomorrow Foundation’s work. The collaboration with the students from Daemen College and University at Buffalo was great and it allowed them to get clinical experience and to learn how to give back to the needy.”
Orthopaedic surgeons Drs. Anders, Smolinski and Blum allowed the students to gain experience with scrubbing, suturing, and assisting with laparscopic procedures. Dr. Jeffrey Meilman, plastic surgeon and founder of the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation, performed many rhinoplasties, septoplasties, ear reconstructions, and helped a burn victim improve his quality of life via plastic surgery on his arms. Dr. Meilman worked closely with Dr. Jack Kotlarz, a plastic surgeon from Florida, to provide as many procedures as possible to those in need and to teach the students. Vascular surgeon Dr. Armen Roupenian joined the medical team in Armenia from Massachusetts; he taught the students how to perform sclerotherapy using ultrasound. Dr. Huebschmann, an anesthesiologist from Mount St. Mary Hospital, worked very closely with the medical team preparing patients for surgery.