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Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you and give you a brief sense of who I am and what I do. I feel very fortunate to work at Kaiser Permanente with great colleagues and patients, and look forward to working with you to care for your health.
I was born in Armenia and moved to Lebanon early in my childhood. My family moved to the United States during the civil war in Lebanon, when I was 7 years old. We made Pasadena our permanent home. I grew up in a traditional Armenian family, and went to college at USC. I was inspired to become a physician by my brother who had a childhood illness, untreatable at the time. I did my residency in pediatrics at MLK-Drew University Medical Center in Los Angeles, and remained at MLK caring for patients and teaching residents for two years.
We all have much to offer from our personal experiences in whatever we do. My passion in pediatrics started in my personal history and grew along the way. Appreciating the uniquely special dynamics of caring for a child, and the struggles children experience, I feel it is a special privilege to care for them. Having struggled with obesity as a child, I have championed this cause in my practice. Children are an extension of the family and the community they live in. I am always looking for ways to reach out to my patients, their families, and the community at large.
Health is a balance of mind, body, and spirit. I always strive to live life to the fullest and merge all facets of my life. I partake in nearly every outdoor activity imaginable. I hike, run, ski, bike, scuba dive, swim, ride ATVs, go camping, go for walks-anything to get out and feel the wind on my face, feel alive! I attend my children's events and watch them grow in height and personality. I enjoy good food and wine with my wife and friends. At work, I look to better the lives of my patients, whether it's a few words of reassurance, diagnosing and treating serious illnesses, or better yet preventing illness and helping my patients thrive.