THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today we feature Dr. Mikayel Grigoryan.
Dr. Grigoryan is a US Board-Certified vascular and interventional neurologist. He received his MD degree from Yerevan State Medical University in 1998, after which he moved to United States to pursue a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Subsequently, he completed his Neurology residency training at University of Iowa, a Vascular Neurology fellowship at Stanford University, and an Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology fellowship at University of Minnesota. Dr. Grigoryan utilizes cutting-edge technology to remove life-threatening clots from brain vessels, restoring blood flow and dramatically improving the quality of life for his stroke patients . Dr Grigoryan is the Medical Director of Neurointerventional Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications. He is a member of the American Heart/Stroke Association, American Academy of Neurology, and also serves as a Board Member for the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology and International Society of Interventional Neurology. In 2017, Dr Grigoryan was selected as a Top Physician by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He regularly returns to Armenia with medical missions: educating physicians, treating and consulting patients, and building bridges for better healthcare in Armenia.
Hope for the future: For healthcare to become an utmost priority in Armenia, because a healthy nation is a strong, wealthy, and prosperous one.
Why are you passionate about your professional activities? Nothing compares to winning the battle against the deadly disease, when one transforms the impending disability back into ability.
What does being an Armenian professional mean to you?After living in four different US Time Zones and five different US states, I moved to Los Angeles to serve the Armenian community because it gives me profound joy and a sense of fulfillment and belonging. And every year I am dedicating more and more of my time and skills to improving stroke and neurological care in Armenia, with the ultimate dream of returning back to the Motherland for good.