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GLENDALE, CA – August 7, 2012 – Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Arby Nahapetian, M.D., MPH, FACC to the position of Vice President of Medical Affairs and Quality. A practicing cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Nahapetian will play an integral role in strengthening communication and enhancing the hospital’s focus on clinical quality among its affiliated physicians. Dr. Nahapetian joined the staff on August 1, 2012.
“I am proud to be joining the leadership team at such an impressive hospital,” said Dr. Nahapetian. “Glendale Adventist is an exemplary hospital serving the community for more than 100 years. My new position will bring together my interests in the administrative side of medicine as well as the clinical side. I look forward to working with the hospital’s physicians to improve the efficiency and quality of patient care.”
Dr. Nahapetian comes to Glendale Adventist from Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group and serves as Clinical Instructor for medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
A graduate of Yale University with a Masters degree in Public Health, Dr. Nahapetian began his career with humanitarian work the World Health Organization working on meningococcal meningitis in Sub-Saharan Africa. He later graduated from The UC Davis Medical School and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He completed his sub-specialty fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles thereafter. Throughout his career, he has been intrigued by administrative functions and roles which led to opportunities for developing his leadership skills in medicine. He is passionate about clinical quality and evidence-based medicine, and was attracted to this position through his desire to serve in broader administrative roles.
Dr. Nahapetian will continue to practice clinical medicine as he begins his new role as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Quality. In his new status, he will be part of the executive staff, working with the medical and administrative staff to drive vital quality improvement initiatives at GAMC.
“Dr. Nahapetian will lend his insight, energy and skills as GAMC prepares for changes driven by health care reform. He will be an integral part of our leadership team as the hospital continues to provide excellent service to patients and the communities we serve,” said Kevin A. Roberts, President and CEO at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Dr. Nahapetian has both clinical and administrative expertise which he brings to this new position. He has served as a member of a local Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Quality and Outcomes committees, working to integrate approximately 660 physician strong integration cost/savings sharing parameters for the ACO as a whole.
Dr. Nahapetian established the Arrhythmia Center of Excellence at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center as well as the new Electrophysiology Laboratory at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and serves as the lead physician for length of stay and quality improvement protocol for a national health system.
He has published numerous articles on health issues, such as arrhythmia, pulmonary arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease and numerous public health topics.