The World Children's Transplant Fund hosted a fundraising dinner on Aug. 11 in Pasadena's Café Santorini Rococo Room to welcome and honor Dr. Gegham Poghosyan, general surgeon, and Dr. David Dallakyan, pediatric surgeon. Both pediatricians are visiting from Armenia for six months of training in pediatric liver transplantation at USC University Hospital and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian escorted Poghosyan and Dallakyan to the restaurant and stepped in for some translation duties. According to Poghosyan, Armenian surgeons are not able to perform liver transplants for children or adults but are able to perform kidney transplants. The doctors work at Sourb Astvatsamayr Medical Center in Yerevan, Armenia. Also present was the medical center's director, Dr. Nikaolay Dallakyan, father of David Dallakyan.
"Taking limos and personal jets to visit other clinics," David Dallakyan said about his favorite impressions of Los Angeles.
Also speaking during the evening's presentation was Mark Kroeker, chairman and founder of the World Children's Transplant Fund; and Valerie McCaffrey, chairwoman of the Armenia Committee.