Fourth President of the Republic Armen Sargsyan in 2021 In November, he visited the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) as part of his working visit to Singapore. It is considered one of the world’s leading centers in the field, where modern solutions and developments are offered in various branches of medicine using new technologies, nanotechnologies and artificial intelligence.
Armen Sarkissian reached an agreement on the Armenian-Singapore cooperation in the field of healthcare, in particular, the exchange of experience with Armenian specialists, the application of the most modern methods of surgical intervention in Armenia as well.
As part of this arrangement, cardiologist Mher Susani, cardiologist Karine Sargsyan and anesthesiologist Eva Krasnikova visited Singapore a few days ago. The goal of these well-known specialists in the field of heart surgery was to learn about the Singaporean experience and to discuss the possibility of performing mini-invasive heart surgeries in Armenia.
“It was an important event for us to meet famous doctors from Armenia. A year ago, we had the honor of hosting the President of Armenia, Armen Sargsyan, who visited our facilities and research laboratories, got acquainted with our academic and surgical activities and capabilities. After that visit, we outlined a number of areas of cooperation, from clinical trials to exchange of experience and knowledge and surgical simulations,” said Theodoros Kofidis, a minimally invasive heart surgeon and head of the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the National University Hospital of Singapore. He noted that Armenia and Singapore have a lot in common: they are both small countries, so they are developing other capabilities that are characteristic of them, in this case, medical innovations and technologies.
“The team from Armenia had the opportunity to work with us for a week, to be in the operating rooms, to share ideas and concepts regarding mini-invasive, i.e. endoscopic surgeries with a small incision, which are currently considered the world’s leading. They also visited research laboratories where leading technologies for overcoming cardiovascular problems are being developed. We discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the field of testing both pharmaceutical and new medical equipment.
The next step of cooperation will be mutual visits at the academic, scientific and surgical levels. Together with Mher Susani, we have already developed a preliminary action plan for moving forward,” said Theodoros Kofidis.
The doctors from Armenia also met and discussed the possible directions of cooperation with the director of the Singapore Biomedical, Scientific and Technological Center, the founder of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery in Singapore, Professor Lee Chuen Neng. The biomedical, scientific and technological center implements programs in the field of space medicine.
The well-known Armenian cardiologist Mher Susani highlighted the prospect of introducing the Singaporean experience to Armenia, because, unlike traditional open heart surgeries, which have a long post-operative recovery phase, the introduction of the mini-invasive, i.e. surgical method with a small incision, will significantly change the situation, including significantly shortening the period of the rehabilitation process and providing a less traumatic operation for the patient. “That is, the patient goes home 3-4 days after the operation, and no one will even think that he underwent a heart operation. The introduction of this method will raise the level of medicine and especially cardiovascular surgery in Armenia to a qualitatively new level, giving our country the opportunity to become a leader in the field in the region.
We believe that we are in a good place with our medicine, but the world is moving forward, the cardiovascular field is one of the fastest developing areas, and we should strive to move in step with it,” said Dr. Susani.
He added that, according to the preliminary agreement, the Singaporean specialists will arrive in Armenia in the summer of 2023.
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