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GAMC Welcomes New VP of Medical Affairs and Quality


GLENDALE, CA – Despina Kayichian, MD, was recently appointed as Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s vice president of Medical Affairs and Quality. She began her new role on May 2. As vice president of Medical Affairs and Quality, Dr. Kayichian believes that high quality health care goes hand-in-hand with efficient and affordable care. Her goal is to share the safety and quality commitment Glendale Adventist Medical Center made to its patients and to partner with others to extend this commitment beyond the hospital walls and into the community.

“I’m excited about the opportunity of helping the hospital continue on its path of consistently providing high-quality, compassionate care, with a focus on patient safety. In recent years, this path has transcended the hospital walls; therefore it is essential we coordinate transition of care across the continuum of care in the most safe, efficient, and patient family centered manner maintaining transparency in all processes,” said Dr. Kayichian.

“One less recognized area to enhance the quality of care of our patients is palliative care. I will work closely with the team at Glendale Adventist Medical Center to build our palliative care program. There is a significant distinction between palliative care and end of life care. Palliative care is a medical specialty that has proven to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with serious and chronic illnesses,” she added.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Kayichian was chief medical officer of the Federally Qualified Health Center, Venice Family Clinic, where she continues to volunteer.

Born in Lebanon, Dr. Kayichian emigrated to the US in 1988. She completed medical training and entered private practice in Glendale, specializing in nephrology (diseases of the kidney). She is also board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, and is a certified professional in health care quality. In her spare time, Dr. Kayichian enjoys skiing and road and mountain biking.