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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 […]


John Hovanesian is an ophthalmologist in Laguna Hills and a member of the teaching faculty at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. Recognized internationally for his research in optimizing the quality of vision after laser vision correction, he specializes in corneal and refractive surgery. Prior to developing an interest in laser vision correction, Dr. Hovanesian […]


Adriana has a passion to use her editorial skills to make a difference. She joined the EyeCare Project in 2015, as Director of Communications. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the EyeCare Project’s social media and content strategies — creating content for both the AECP’s various social media platforms and its website […]


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 […]


David Keligian, chief financial officer, has dedicated many hours of invaluable legal and financial assistance to the EyeCare Project for 13 years. He was instrumental during the incorporation process and with other legal and financial requirements for a new nonprofit. A partner and tax attorney with Brown and Streza, Irvine, Keligian brings to the board […]


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 […]


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 […]


Maria has been with the Armenian EyeCare Project since 2016. She joined the organization after spending many years overseeing projects in various industries, all of which required an aptitude for self-direction, discipline, organizational skills and a passion to get the job done. After years in the corporate world, Maria brings her decades of experience with […]


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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 […]


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