Vatche A. Minassian, MD, MPH
President

Dr. Minassian completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 1990. He graduated as a medical doctor from the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), Lebanon in 1994. After a one year internship at AUBMC, he moved to the United States where he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (year one at Oliveview /UCLA, CA:1996; and years 2-4 at the University of Iowa, IA:1999). He then practiced for three years as a Generalist at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX before moving to Canada to complete fellowship training at Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in 2004. He then moved back to the United States and worked at Geisinger Medical Center, PA as a Urogynecologist for 7 years. In 2011, he was offered the position of chief of Urogynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where he currently serves, and is an associate professor of OB/GYN at Harvard Medical School.

Rosalynn Nazarian, MD
Vice President

Dr. Rosalynn Nazarian is a board-certified Dermatopathologist in the Pathology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has carved a unique area of expertise in the pathology of medical dermatology encompassing inflammatory and fibrosing disorders of the skin, including vasculitis, wound repair, and cutaneous drug eruptions. Her academic endeavors have led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 21 book chapters, and numerous national and international invited lectures. Dr. Nazarian serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, and Dermatopathology Consultant on challenging telepathology cases from Armenia, Tanzania, and Kenya. She has developed a international reputation for her contributions to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory and fibrosing diseases in the skin.

Shant Parseghian, MD
Treasurer

Shant Parseghian, born in Damascus Syria, graduated from Damascus University Medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at Marshall University in West Virginia and Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his fellowship in Endocrine and Metabolism at Saint Louis
University before moving to Massachusetts in 2009, where he started his endocrinology practice for North Shore
Medical Center, then part of the Partners Healthcare in Salem, Massachusetts. In 2012 he started his current practice at Montvale Endocrine & Diabetes Center in Stoneham, Massachusetts, through Beth Israel Lahey Health. In his current role he serves as the Chair of Endocrine Service for Winchester Hospital and director of the Diabetes Task Force for Winchester Physicians Associates. Shant is married to Reem Parseghian, OD, and together have two sons Aara and Raffi.

Hovig Chitilian, MD
Secretary

Dr. Hovig Chitilian is the Division Chief for Neuro, Vascular and Thoracic anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
He also serves as the Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia at MGH.

Alexa Diranian, PA-C
Allied Health Liaison

Alexa is a board-certified Physician Assistant in Department of Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center on the Hospitalist Service, as well as in the Emergency Department at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and is an Instructor of Medicine for Boston University’s Physician Assistant Program. She graduated from Providence College in 2009 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Psychology, and completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Northeastern University in 2014. Her professional interests include patient safety and quality improvement, undertaking projects such as reducing readmission rates, improving patient flow and transitions of care, as well as improving access to healthcare for underserved populations and helping lead the COVID response at Boston Medical Center. In her spare time, Alexa enjoys traveling, skiing, and playing the violin.

Armineh Mirzabegian, MD
Membership Liaison

Dr. Mirzabegian is a graduate of Wellesley College, receiving her BA in Biology.

She received her medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Mirzabegian practices Primary Care in Southboro, MA, at Reliant Medical Group, part of OptumCare. 

She enjoys teaching medical students and participates in the Longitudinal Preceptorship Program at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. She is interested in the role of Arts and Humanities in Medicine and Medical Education.

Dr. Mirzabegian has remained active over the years with the AAMA, serving in the past on the Executive Committee as President and Vice President.

Among her community activities, she serves on the boards of National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and the Friends of Armenian Culture Society (FACS).  She is also on the Steering Committee of the Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.   

Armen Arslanian, MD
Past President/Senior Consultant

Dr. Armen Arslanian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Arslanian graduated from the AGBU Demirjian, Garmirian and Hovagimian schools.
He received a B.S. in Biology with distinction, and then graduated from the medical school at the American University of Beirut with the class of 1992. Following graduation, he went into an Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and was the director of an urgent care prior to his Geriatric Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio.

Armen came to the great city of Boston with my wife Araz, daughters Rose and Lily in 2000. He worked at the Veterans Administration Hospitals and Harvard Medical School as Instructor Of Medicine for 4 years, conducted metabolic clinical research for 10 years, and simultaneously joined what is now the Beth Israel Lahey Health Hospital System. For 20 years, Dr. Arslanian has been an active member of the Armenian American Medical Association, as well as a past President.

Dr. Arslanian is deeply privileged to be with this Executive Committee, and will continue to work towards advancing the group’s Mission and Legacy.

Viken Babikian, MD
Senior Consultant

Dr. Viken Babikian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and graduated from the American University of Beirut School of Medicine.  After completing his training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he joined the Department of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is a Professor of Neurology.

Dr. Babikian is a clinician and researcher, and his focus is on cerebral blood flow measurement and cerebrovascular disorders.  He has published four textbooks and 150 research papers and book chapters in the field of stroke.  He has given more than 140 national and international presentations.

Dr. Babikian is also the President of the Stroke Initiative Advisory Task Force for Armenia (SIATA), a group of Armenian, French, Russian, and American physicians who for the past 10+ years have collaborated to effectively improve stroke care in Armenia.

Raffi Karagozian, MD
Senior Consultant

Dr. Raffi Karagozian is currently a member of the division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Tufts Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.  He received his Bachelor of Science from UCLA and medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency at University of Southern California and gastroenterology fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed an advanced fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at New York Presbyterian-Columbia and Cornell. Prior to joining Tufts Medical Center, he was on faculty at Yale University School of Medicine, working closely with the Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center focusing on liver transplant. Dr Karagozian’s research and clinical interests include clinical outcomes associated with end stage liver disease/liver transplant, obesity and liver disease, healthcare utilization in chronic liver disease/cirrhosis, outcomes in cholestatic liver diseases, hemochromatosis, drug-induced liver injury. He plays an active role in the Tufts gastroenterology fellowship program, training GI fellows in GI/hepatology and various endoscopic procedures. He has published numerous abstracts and peer-reviewed publications in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology and presented his research at national meetings.