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Hratch L Karamanoukian MD FACS and Community Giving


"Service to society is the rent we pay for living on this planet". Dr Joseph Murray, Nobel Prize winner in Physiology (1990) for performing the world's 1st successful kidney transplantation.


GUATEMALA - Dr. Karamanoukian accompanied Dr. Eliot Rosenkranz on a medical mission to Guatemala to perform congenital heart surgery in 1998. Over 32 congenital heart surgery operations were performed in 10 days on newborns, toddlers, children and teenagers. Accompanying Drs. Rsenkranz and Dr. Karamanoukian were a team of cardiologists from Childrens Hospital of Buffalo, Dr. Daniel Pieroni, Dr. Robert Gingell, Dr. Joseph Orie and a group of 14 other doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and medical students.


POLAND - Dr. Karamanoukian has traveled the world and volunteered to teach the EVLT and VNUS Closure procedures to other surgeons. His ltrip to Poland with the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation in 2006 where the VNUS Closure procedure was taught to a group of 12 vascular surgeons. Accompanied on the trip were Dr. Paul Merkel (anesthesiology), Dr. Jeffrey Meilman (plastic surgery) and a group of 20 nurses , humanitarians and volunteers from around the U.S.


ECUADOR - Dr. Karamanoukian has volunteered a mission to Ecuador in 2009 and performed 25 venous procedures in a rural hospital. The medical mission was organized by the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation and Charity Anywhere. Dr. Karamanoukian performed the VNUS Closure procedure and taught two local physicians how to perform the procedure. Foam sclerotherapy was also performed in a large number of patients using ultrasound guidance. Dr. karamanoukian sponsored one Daemen College physician assistant student to go on this trip with him.


VIETNAM - Dr. Karamanoukian successfully completed a medical mission to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in May and June of 2010. Dr. Karamanoukian performed 42 procedures and taught venous surgery to local vascular surgeons. The EVLT VenaCure Never Touch procedure was performed on individuals with venous stasis ulcers. This trip was organized by the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation with all equipment costs and travel costs paid for by the Karamanoukian Family Foundation. The Hope for Tomorrow Foundation was founded by a pioneering plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Meilman of Williamsville, NY. Dr. Karamanoukian sponsored one Daemen College physician assistant student to go on this trip with him.


HAITI - In late May and early June 2011, Dr. Karamanoukian travelled to Les Cayes Haiti with the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation along with a group of phsician assistant students and faculty from Daemen College and D'Youville College to perform venous surgery and general surgery. Overall, the group of surgeons including orthopedic surgeons from Erie County Medical Center ECMC (Drs. Mark Anders and Brian Smolinski), plastic surgeons (Dr Jack Kotlarz and Meilman) and a general surgery resident performed over 125 surgical procedures and taught the physcian assistant students from Daemen College and D'Youville College surgical technique and suturing. Dr. Karamanoukian sponsored on Daemen College student to accompany him on this trip.


HAITI - Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian supported Haiti Relief with The Doctors TV Show - was one of many organizations that donated to The Doctors Haiti Relief Effort.


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - dr Karamanoukian accompanied Daemen College students on a mission with SWOB (Students Without Borders) to provide medical care to a needy community in the Domincan Republic. Dr. Karamanoukian funded one student and one medical assistant and taught Daemen students (physician assistant and physical therapy) techniques in sclerotherapy.


ARMENIA and NKR - In June 2012, we traveled to Armenia ane the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) where we donated an endovenous ablation device and a GE portable duplex machine and started a state-of-the art Vein Treatment Center at the Central Republican Hospital in Stepanakert. We collaborated with the Deputy Minister of Health (Dr Karen Ghukasyan), the Minister of Health (Dr Sergei Movsesyan) and a local vascular surgery (Dr. Davit Khachatryan) in establishing this center. Accompanying Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian for this trip with the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation was Dr. Armen Roupenian of Massachussetts, a vascular surgeon who performed ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy. Dr. Karamanoukian sponsored one Daemen College student to accompany him on this trip.


Pope Benedict VXI Blesses Hope for Tomorrow Foundation


Artsakh TV - Nagorno Karabakh Republic medical mission with the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation  


Artsakh TV - President Bako Sahakyan of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic  


Eyewitness News and WKBW News Story

Artsakh Healthcare Continues to Forge Ahead 



Armenia and NKR - In September 2012, Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian returned to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. Both doctors performed vein procedures at the newly established vein center and Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian performed facial reconstructive surgery and rhinoplasty in 20 patients. Most of these patients were wounded in the war with Azerbaijan as young adults and chidren. They needed sophisticated reconstructive surgery.


2013 and 2014 - Upcoming Missions - Dr. Karamanoukian is planning missions to Armenia, NKR in September 2013 with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. Another trip to Liberia is planned for June 2014 with the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation which includes plastic surgeon and Founder of the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation, Dr. Jeffrey Meilman. The Hope for Tomorrow Foundation has incorporated physician assistant students, physical therapy students, nursing students and athletic training students from Daemen College in their medical missions as part of their core curriculum of training at Daemen College, located in Williamsville, NY. Drs. Karamanoukian and Meilman are members of the Board of Trustees of Daemen College.


Dr. Karamanoukian has donated an EVLT machine to surgeons in the Republic of Armenia for them to perform this procedure in lieu of ligation and VEIN stripping. This has been a highly successful program. As well, he has donated surgical instruments for use in a vascular and ophthalmology center of excellence in the Republic of Armenia and the province of Nagorno Karabakh.



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