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Dr. Avo Artinyan has the following 2 specialties
- Surgical Oncology
Surgical oncologists play various roles in treating cancer. They can perform biopsies to determine if a tumor is cancerous or not. If it is, they’re trained to remove the tumor, tissue, and in some cases, all or part of an organ or bodily structure where the cancer has spread. In addition to removing cancer, they can perform any reconstructive surgeries that may be necessary.
Many surgical oncologists specialize in certain types of cancer, such as liver, lung or breast. Don’t be afraid to ask them what they have the most experience treating. When looking for a doctor, it’s important to know that general surgeons are also qualified to perform many of the same surgeries. However, surgical oncologists have specific training in recognizing and treating cancer, which some patients prefer.
- Pancreatectomy (Pancreas Removal)
- Pancreatic Cancer
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This endorsement of Dr. Avo Artinyan is a long time in coming. I met him and the Oncologist Dr. Benjamin Musher, in the spring of 2015 after I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer stage III-N. It was an incredible feeling that one gets very few times in their lives when they meet special people, namely you can totally trust these people. In particular, Dr Artinyan's explanation of my condition, demonstration via diagrams of where the tumor was, his proposed treatment, and in general his “bedside manners” were nothing short of outstanding in comfort and encouragement. My surgery on June 4th, 2015, which my wife conveyed to me spanned around nine hours that included sending my lymph nodes to the labs to check if they have been infected too, was performed by him with a technique he brought with him to the VA Hospital that he was partially associated with, before he joined Baylor College of medicine full time soon after. While I experienced intense pain during the first few days around the various incisions, I am also aware that his technique drastically reduced the potential amount of pain had someone else performed the surgery using a different technique. (I remember showing him a Wall Street Journal article that mentioned his procedures.) During the first few days after the surgery he was scheduled to go on an international trip on vacation. His care via phone calls and e-mail, and his responses to our calls while away on a daily basis, were a major factor in my recovery. He also had a group of outstanding associates, at least two of whom that I distinctly remember (Dr Carter and Dr Holder-Haynes), who themselves are successful surgeons at Baylor, who checked on me twice a day, without fail. That shows his mentorship of his associates and colleagues. After I was released from the hospital after six days, I developed some complications and had to be readmitted to the emergency room the following evening. He made himself available very quickly, ensured that I was admitted into a room, and had an immediate procedure performed to relieve me of my discomfort. Were it not for his involvement, it would have taken me a lot longer to be admitted and even longer to have the procedure performed. Again, that shows his intense care and compassion. While it feels comforting to feel that I was his special patient, I have no doubt that he treats all his patients with the same degree of care and compassion. I had to carry a temporary ileostomy and undergo a regimen of chemotherapy and infusion that was supposed to have lasted for several months. But after the first few weeks, when I could not stand the infusion or the ileostomy anymore, I reached out to him. Again, I was impressed with his knowledge of the state-of-the-art in cancer therapy when he informed me that patients like me who underwent neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy and radiation before surgery to shrink the tumor) did not need extensive chemotherapy treatment post-surgery. He gave me several research papers on the topic. He left it to me to make a decision. I chose to have the ileostomy reversed immediately, so a few days later, on August 18, 2015, I had the reversal done. I see him every few months for bloodwork and CT scan results. Almost two and a half years later, today as of January 3rd, 2018, I am still totally cancer free. I am a trained scientist and a practicing engineer, and known to be very objective and non-emotional in my approaches to deal with life's challenges. But when it comes to having my life saved, and that with such follow-up care, concern and compassion, and having an eminent surgeon available on phone and e-mail, it is hard to be non-emotional. Dr Artinyan is, to put it simply, a life saver. My regret is that we are losing him from Baylor and Houston. But I am happy for California who is blessed with him. I have no doubt that he will exercise his immense expertise to the betterment of so many patients as well as mentoring and training the next generation of Artinyans. Our loss, California's and St. Vincent's gain. He is indeed a coveted prize.
For the last two years I had been in a very complicated medical situation due to treatment from other health care providers. After having been treated and operated on by Dr. Artinyan, I have been in excellent health. He was very professional, knew what my problem was, and took care of it. I haven't felt this good in over two years. I will be forever grateful for what he did for me. THANK YOU SO MUCH DR. ARTINYAN.
After a routine colonoscopy, removal of a polyp exposed a small hole in the wall of my colon. This very painful event led me to the emergency room and after hours of tests, the on-call surgeon was going to perform a colostomy to repair the tiny hole. Dr Artinyan was called in by my Gastroenterologist to repair the hole using a laparoscopic process avoiding any removal of my colon. The successful surgery resulted in no more pain and less than a 1 week recovery eliminating the fashionable colostomy bag from my wardrobe. I highly recommend Dr. Artinyan.
Patients' Choice Award (2016)
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Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2016)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
On-Time Doctor Award (2016)
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18 Years Experience
University Of California San Diego School Of Medicine
Graduated in 2000
University Of Southern California/Lac+Usc Medical Center
Dr. Avo Artinyan accepts the following insurance providers.
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Locations & DirectionsMichael E Debakey Va Medical Center Texas, 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX
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