Born in 1940, Roger Ohanesian was the second child of George and Flora Roopenian Ohanesian, both first-generation Armenians living in Boston, Massachusetts. His grandparents had fled Armenia following a massacre in their village at the turn of the century. Flora and George Ohanesian were part of a large extended family, many of whom worked in […]

Dr. John Hovanesian is an internationally recognized leader and innovator in cataract, corneal, and laser eye surgery. Newsweek has recognized him among the top 35 eye surgeons in the US–out of 17,000 eligible colleagues–based on a poll of his peers. The Ophthalmologist, a UK publication, has named him among the world’s 100 most influential people […]

Thomas C. Lee, MD, directs the Retina Institute in The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) while also contributing greatly to the Armenian EyeCare Project. Educated at the prestigious Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Lee completed his medical degree in 1992 and graduated with honors in research as a Howard Hughes Scholar. He […]

Appreciating the beauty and diversity of the world, Barry Kuppermann is an American by birth with Brazilian parents and a Thai wife. An M.D. and Ph.D., Kuppermann serves as an AECP physician and board member and says he joined AECP out of respect for its mission and the commitment of the organization’s founder, Dr. Roger […]

OPHTHALMOLOGIST CHANGES THE LIVES OF MANY WITH COUNTLESS TRIPS TO ARMENIA Dr. Rick Hill had no idea how much his life would change on that fateful Friday night when he received a page from Dr. Roger Ohanesian. Roger asked Rick if he would see Christine, a young girl who needed help and had already had […]

During the summer of 2017, ophthalmologist Dr. Dwayne Baharozian and his family traveled to Armenia to participate in the Armenian EyeCare Project’s (AECP) Medical Mission. Prior to the family’s departure, Dr. Baharozian started a campaign to secure much-needed surgical supplies and eye drops to be donated. The campaign was an enormous success with generous contributions […]

EXCEPTIONAL OPHTHALMOLOGIST TRAINS ARMENIAN PHYSICIANS Dr. S. Chien Wong, an exceptional ophthalmologist and vitreo-retinal surgeon in London, UK, is among a handful of doctors in the world with a super-specialty practice in pediatric vitreo-retinal surgery and retinovascular diseases. He manages complex pediatric retina at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Moorfields Eye Hospital, both […]

PERFORMED ARMENIA’S FIRST ARTIFICIAL CORNEA IMPLANT Joining Roger Ohanesian and a team of other doctors on the Armenian EyeCare Project’s 26th Medical Mission in June 2005, Dr. Anthony Aldave performed the country’s first artificial cornea implant. An Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Aldave is a full-time faculty member of the UCLA Jules Stein Institute, spending about […]

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PRESTIGIOUS DOCTOR JOINS AECP, PERFORMS FIRST CORNEAL TRANSPLANT ON MOBILE EYE HOSPITAL Dr. Edward J. Holland, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America, joined the Armenian EyeCare Project and performed the first cornea transplant surgery in Armenia on the Mobile Eye Hospital. “I always try to do some things […]

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