AIM Fund
P.O. Box 10503
Glendale, California 91209

(818) 257-8998
aimf.donate@gmail.com

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The mission of AIM Fund is to create and maintain innovative health care programs in Armenia and be the health care provider of choice in the Caucasus.

Based on the health care needs of the people of Armenia, AIM Fund will establish world class services with dedicated multidisciplinary professionals and cutting edge technology, including the Armenian International Ear Center, Otology Fellowship Program, state of the art simulated e-learning center, and Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Surgery (BAHA)

Since 2004, 76 children and young adults have undergone successful cochlear implant and two BAHA surgeries. As a result Armenia has become the Regional Center for cochlear implants in Caucasus and is second only to Russia in providing these services. In June 2008, Armenia’s government recognized this project as one of the innovative government supported health care programs in the country. AIM Fund is operated solely by volunteers from the United States and Armenia. In 2010, International Ear Center was opened and began Otology Fellowship Program under the medical direction of Dr. Akira Ishiyama (USA) and Dr. Arthur Shukuryan (Armenia).


AIM Fund History

1999
March Consultation for a child referred by ARS (Sevak Avagyan, MD) Salpy met with UCLA team about the ARS referral
May Dr. Ishiyama received the invitation letter from Erebouni MC

2002
March Support letter to Dr. Ishiyama from MoH of Armenia (Mkertchian)
May Met with Janet Aslanian Memorial Scholarship Fund director-Vram Aslanian (First financial supporter)
August Started receiving reports/tests from Armenia on ENT patients

2003
March 2 Armenian MDs received training at UCLA: Drs. Artur Shukuryan and Vigen Bagkshinyan
First formal meeting with Consul General and his wife for the cochlear project (UCLA, community, Armenia representative, news media)
May Dr. Shukuryan received $5,000 from President of Armenia
Armenian International Medical Fund was formed-suggested by Sam Madikians-Major Donor
May 28 The first AIM Fund board meeting
June US Ambassador and USAID Mission director were informed about the project during their visit to UCLA MC and fully supportive.
Auditory Brain Response (ABR) machine was purchased and taken to Armenia-the first in Armenia.
Met with First Lady of Armenia-Dr. Bella Kocharyan and informed her about the project TV interviews about the project in Armenia
August First fund raising-Miele showroom
By-Laws drafted for AIM fund
First article about AIM fund published
September First visit to Armenia by Stanton Jones, MS (audiologist at UCLA)
First TV appearance for the AIM fund in LA
TV appearance in Armenia (Stanton Jones, Armenia MDs)
Wine and Cheese-Fund Raising Event
October 8 hearing aides were sent to Armenia
November Invitation letter from Minister of Health of Armenia (Davidian) to begin the project in Armenia.

2004
March Purchased one crucial piece of equip: Neurofacial monitor
Provided hearing aids for a better price
March 14-16
Performed cochlear implant surgeries- first time in Armenia
Three children had surgeries: 2, 3 and 4 year olds
Paid for the 2 year old�s cochlear implant device-$12,000

Armenia became the Regional Center for Cochlear Implant Surgeries.

1st Medical Mission-3 young children were implanted

Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Dr. Denise Parker (US)
Stanton Jones, MS (US)
Diane Sennott, RN (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
April 5 “Switch on” took place in Armenia. –all three children are hearing and began saying words.
May 23 First Gala Dinner Fund Raising Event. Medical Team was honored. Received recognitions from Armenian & American dignitaries and organizations.
November Salpy Akaragian met with Monika Leinhardt (Cochlear implant co. rep) & discussed future plans in Armenia & chose the potential candidates for implants.
Nov. 11-18
2nd Medical Mission- Implanted three young children and one 22 year old
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Dr. Jordan Miller (US)
Diane Sennott, RN (US)
Foundation paid (part) for the device of 1 child & a community member paid for the second child�s implant.
December. 11 Fund Raising at �W� Hotel
Speaker: Dr. Garo Kassabian-Plastic Surgeon
December. 16 �Switch on� took place for 3 children and one adult
Honorary Chair: Dr. Marina Kirakossian present

2005
Jan.16 Salpy Akaragian met with 7 cochlear implant candidates and Families and discussed future plans.
Met with Nani Oskanyan, MD (wife of Minister of Foreign Relations) & discussed a fund raising event in Armenia to take place in June 2005.
June 27-19
3rd Medical Mission- 5 children an 1 adolescent were implanted.
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
June 24 2nd Gala dinner raised funds for the implants, travel expenses & for speech therapy
November. 20 Fund Raising Art Show Event

2006
January 8 Fund raising at Roubik Ovanessian Residence
June Meeting with Deputy MoH in Armenia-Salpy Akaragian

2007
April TV interview-Dr. Sarafian and Salpy Akaragian
November Fashion Show-Fund Raising Event

2008
January Neonatal Hearing Screening Started by Erebouni and Children’s Hospital in Yerevan, Armenia

June 4th Medical Mission- 6 children were implanted
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN
(US) Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)

The Government of Armenia recognized the project as one of the innovative health care projects in Armenia.

Met with Prime Minister-Armen Sarkisyan (Dr. Ishiyama, Salpy Akaragian, Minister of Health-Dr. Artum Kushkyan, Don Kawachi, Dr. Arthur Shukuryan) Started National Neonatal Screening in Armenia
December 5th Medical Mission- 8 children were implanted
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)

2009
June 3rd Gala Dinner-Fund Raising Event
November 6th Medical Mission- 8 children were implanted
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)

2010
March Tea Event-Fund Raising
June 4th Gala Dinner-Fund Raising Event
November Fashion Show-Fund Raising Event
November 7th Medical Mission-8 children were implanted & an additional Surgery
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)
Alison Grimes(US)-Director for Audiology at UCLA

Opened Armenian International Ear Center at Erebouni MC
Major Donors
Minister of Health- Dr. Artium Kushkyan
Garo & Kathy Mardirossian
Esqs. & Stryker (Don Kawachi)

Future fellows were interviewed and tested
Audiology Conference was held: presentations by Salpy Akaragian, Alison Grimes and by Armenian Medical Team Members

  Establish Armenian National Ear Center
2011
February 8th Medical Mission-2 children were implanted & additional surgeries
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)

The first Otology Fellow is selected: Dr. Gayane Sargsyan Initiated computer simulated training in addition to surgeries
November 9th Medical Mission-5 children were implanted & additional Surgery
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)
Shant Shekherdimian, MD
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)

Major Donor: UCLA Dream Fund
2012
March 5th Gala Dinner-Fund Raising Event
July 10th Medical Mission-6 children were implanted & additional Surgery
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)
Kristina Oganyan, RN (US)
Paul Ishiyama-Student (US)
Astkhik Hagopyan -Medical Student (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)

All 6 implants were fully funded by AIM Fund
November Training of Dr. Armine Martirosyan at UCLA Health System in Audiology Department
Major Donor: UCLA Dream Fund
2013
March 6th Gala Dinner-Fund Raising Event
April 11th Medical Mission-3 children were implanted
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)
Paul Ishiyama-Student (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)

All 3 implants were fully funded by AIM Fund
Major Donor: UCLA Dream Fund
September 12th Medical Mission-4 children were implanted and 2 children received BAHA-First time ever done in Armenia!
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Dr. Kevin Peng -Resident from UCLA Health (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Don Kawachi-Stryker contractor to UCLA (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)
Gayane Sargsyan, MD for Baha Surgeries (Armenia)

All 4 implants and 2 Baha were fully funded by AIM Fund
2014
July 13th Medical Mission-5 children were implanted
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Paul Ishiyama-Student (US)
Luks Ishiyama-Student (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)
Gayane Sargsyan, MD (Armenia)


Four implants were funded fully and one partially funded by AIM Fund
2015
July 14 th Medical Mission-8 children and 2 adults (total 10) were implanted
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN, FIAN (US)
Betty Nersesian, RN (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)
Gayane Sargsyan, MD (Armenia)
Non-Medical Volunteers
Christina Nersesian (USA)
Len Nersesian (USA)
Nicole Baghdasarian (USA)

2016
October 15th Medical Mission-6 children and 1 adult for Cochlear Implant and one for BAHA were implanted
Medical Team
Dr. Akira Ishiyama (US)
Salpy Akaragian, PhD (c), MN, RN-BC (US)
Arthur Shukuryan, MD (Armenia)
Vigen Baghshinyan, MD (Armenia)
Armine Martiroysan, MD (Armenia)
Gayane Sargsyan, MD (Armenia)
Sarkis Gabrielyan, MD (Armenia)
Non-Medical Volunteers
Ari Chalian (USA)


Dr. Akira Ishiyama and the Armenian doctors presented at the conference in Moscow, Russia


Future Plans for AIM Fund:
  • Donate at least one implant per year
  • Fund raising activities-US and Armenia
  • Teleconferencing between UCLA and Erebouni Medical Center