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==Dr. Garo Tertzakian Honored for 25 Years of Service to Armenian Urology==
ORANGE, CA - During a recent medical outreach visit to Armenia, Dr. Garo
Tertzakian was honored for his 25 years of voluntary service to Armenian
Urology during an official ceremony held at the main auditorium of the
[[Yerevan State Medical University]]. The event was sponsored jointly by the
YMSU and the Armenian Association of Urology (AAU). Around 300 people were
in attendance, including physicians, academics, hospital administrators,
government officials, patients and friends. All the speakers, including the
YMSU rector, the AAU president, clergy, colleagues, patients and political
figures, highlighted the pivotal role that Dr. Tertzakian had played in the
past 25 years in the advancement of the practice of Urology in Armenia.
Dr. Tertzakian was presented with numerous honorary awards including the
prestigious YMSA First Class Medal of Honor and an encyclical by Catholicos
Karekin II praising the doctor's work and extending his blessings to him.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Tertzakian thanked the organizers of the
event. He specially thanked the Armenian urologists who 25 years ago gave
him the opportunity and privilege to work with them in what turned out to
be a successful example of Armenia-Diaspora cooperation. He also thanked
all the organizations and individuals who helped him with this project over
the years including St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. He also thanked
the [[United States]] of America for giving him the opportunity to succeed and
to be able to help others.
Since 1987, Dr. Tertzakian has traveled annually to Armenia to help advance
the practice of Urology in that country by introducing modern urological
patient management concepts and demonstrating new surgical techniques to
his Armenian colleagues, by lecturing, conducting training workshops and by
actively participating in the annual congress of the AAU that he co-founded
with a few Armenian colleagues twenty years ago.
Earlier this year, Dr. Tertzakian was instrumental in securing the donation
of a Revolix thulium laser machine by HealthTronics Corporation of Texas to
the Sr. Nerses Medical Center in [[Yerevan]], a non-profit hospital with an
active urology service.
Dr. Tertzakian is very grateful to St. Joseph Hospital for the donation of
much needed medical equipment and supplies to this project over the years.
In addition, the hospital has played an important role in the retraining of
numerous Armenian urologists who have been invited by Dr. Tertzakian to
come to Orange County to become acquainted with the latest advances in
urology. The most recent Armenian urologist who visited St. Joseph Hospital
in early November was Professor [[Ashot Tsaturyan]], a well-known oncological
urologist in Armenia.
He was very impressed by seeing the high quality, cutting edge urology
being practiced at the hospital like the robotic urology program,
cryoablation of prostate and kidney cancers and minimally invasive laser
surgery for the enlarged prostate among the many new cutting edge
techniques used by St. Joseph Hospital urologists.
Dr. Tertzakian looks forward to continue this outreach work for many years
to come with renewed energy as he finds it to be one of the most rewarding
aspects of his professional life.
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