FARFAA Satellite Symposium

Fund for Armenian Relief’s Fellows Alumni Association
9-38 Tumanyan Street,
Yerevan, Armenia
Contact: Gevorg Yaghjyan
Local seminar coordinator
Tel: (3741) 53-58-68
Fax: (3742) 53-48-79
E-mail: [email protected]


“Bone and Joint / Trauma Surgery”

Yerevan, August 27-29, 2004

FARFAA – Salzburg Medical Seminars Program together with AAF (American
Austrian Foundation) and the National Institute of Trauma organized a
Satellite Symposium on “Bone and Joint/Trauma Surgery”. The symposium
was organized with the general sponsorship of FAR (Fund for Armenian
Relief). It took place on August 27-29, in Yerevan. About 50 bone and
joint/trauma specialists from different hospitals of Armenia
participated in the symposium.

The co-chairmen of the symposium were Professor Vachagan Ayvazyan, the
head of the Union of Traumatologists and Orthopaedic Surgeons of
Armenia, Director of TOBRC, head of the Bone and Joint / Trauma
Surgery Chair at NIH, and Dr. Bostrom, a prominent professor at the
Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, USA. The symposium was also
attended by Dr. Konstantinos N.Malizos, Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery at the University Hospital of Thessalia in Larissa, Greece.

Some of the lectures during the symposium were “Reconstruction of Long
Bone Defects with Vascularized Fibular Grafts”, “A Comprehensive
Approach to the Osteonecrosis of the Skeleton” (by Dr. K. Malizos), ”
Total Knee Replacement Exposures: Technical Pearls & Pitfalls”,
“Management of Complications in Total Hip Arthroplasy”,
“Osteoarthritis: Treatment Alternatives”, “Orthobiologics and Growth
Factors in Bone Healing” (by Dr. Bostrom). Several case presentations
were demonstrated on “Total Hip Replacement”, “Legs Fracture” (by
TOBRC), “Elbow Joint Repalcement” (by OSC), “Hip Repacement”,
“Electrotrauma Management” (by EMC), “Island Flaps in Limb
Reconstrsuction” (by PRSMSC) and “Foot Reconstruction” (by SNMC).

The goal of the symposium was to present the latest information on the
experience and the knowledge of the international faculty members to
doctors of Armenia. All the participants had the opportunity to fill
in a questionnaire expressing their approach about the organization of
the symposium.

The symposium was positively evaluated by participants and organizing
committee due to the high level of presentations, interesting
discussions and established connections.

On August 27, the guest lecturers paid visits to Yerevan’s hospitals.

The organizers are especially grateful to the FAR for technical
(laptop, projector) and financial assistance and AAF for cooperation.

The organizers would like to thank academician Vilen Hakobyan, the
rector of the Yerevan State Medical University, who provided the YSMU
Conference Hall for the Satellite Symposium.

We hope that this program will find continuation in the future and
will help to enhance the practice of local specialists due to gained
theoretical knowledge and discussions.

FARFAA is a non-for-profit non-governmental organization of medical
professionals, aimed at improving the health care system and advancing
the medical sciences in Armenia.