Our Orthopedic Physicians

Some of the area's most experienced orthopedic physicians make up the Orthopedic Institute at Adventist Health Glendale (AHGL), helping patients get the most appropriate treatments to ease orthopedic conditions caused by aging, overuse or injury.

The board-certified physicians at AHGL's Orthopedic Institute cover the entire spectrum of orthopedic issues, from shoulder to foot conditions and everything in between, including:

  • Joint replacement
  • Foot/Ankle conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Hand surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Wound care and limb preservation

Our physicians practice in a state-of-the-art outpatient clinic with available on-site diagnostic imaging, conveniently located on the AHGL campus in the Lee Hughes Medical Building.

Meet Our Physicians

Vahan Cepkinian, MDVahan Cepkinian, MD
Medical Director
Orthopedic Surgery

As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cepkinian enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to make immediate, life-changing improvements in his patients’ lives, restoring their mobility and getting them back to the activities they love.

In his practice, he emphasizes patient education so that patients thoroughly understand their diagnosis and what they can expect from various treatment options. His goal is to give patients the ability to make informed decisions.

Michael Abdulian, MDMichael Abdulian, MD
Sports Medicine and Trauma Specialist

Dr. Michael Abdulian is a sports medicine and trauma specialist who takes a conservative approach to orthopedics, customizing treatments and surgery to the needs of each individual patient. His specialties also include joint replacement and shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy. Dr. Abdulian is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and makes it his goal to use his expertise in orthopedic surgery to relieve pain and get his patients back to sports and the daily activities that they enjoy.

Hermoz Ayvazian, DPMHermoz Ayvazian, DPM
Podiatry

Dr. Hermoz Ayvazian specializes in podiatry with a special interest in wound care and limb preservation, particularly for people with diabetes. He is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery, as well as rear foot and ankle reconstruction. In addition to his education from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Ayvazian was selected as one of only a few physicians to train at the famous Ilizarov Limb Preservation Institute in Siberia, Russia.

Leah Cyran, MDLeah Cyran, MD
Shoulder & Elbow Specialist

Dr. Leah Cyran is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in a number of areas, including shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, arthritis, sports injuries and trauma. Her approach is to listen carefully and understand her patients in order to make accurate clinical judgments, use the most innovative medical advances with skillful surgical intervention and to do so with compassion and care. Her goal is to help patients recover mobility, strength and function while decreasing pain and disability.

Philip Merritt, MDPhilip Merritt, MD
Joint Replacement Specialist

Dr. Philip Merritt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a wealth of experience in many types of orthopedic surgery, from traditional joint replacement to minimally invasive techniques. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed his residency at LAC + USC Medical Center. Dr. Merritt is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and is committed to providing cutting-edge treatments to facilitate a faster recovery for his patients.

Murtaza (Mort) Rizvi, MDMurtaza (Mort) Rizvi, MD
Hand Specialist

Dr. Mort Rizvi uses his research-oriented work in hand reconstructive surgery and new technologies to help people with hand conditions and injuries. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Dr. Rizvi also completed the Joseph H. Boye's Hand & Microsurgery Fellowship at the University of Southern California. Additionally, he is a member of multiple honor societies and received the Hans R. Wilhelmsen Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Surgery. His goal is to help his patients resume their normal activities without pain.

Sepideh Saber, MD Dr. Sepideh Saber, MD
Hand Specialist

Dr. Saber is a board-eligible, highly trained plastic surgeon with expertise in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, with a special interest and expertise in breast reconstruction. Dr. Saber earned her MD from Stanford and graduated from a rigorous integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency at USC. She then completed an advanced sub-specialty fellowship in hand and microsurgery at NYU. Her extensive training has provided Dr Saber the expertise to bring the latest surgical techniques, including micro surgery to her work in complex hand and breast reconstruction. She has the expertise to deal with various deformities throughout the body including complex disorders of the hand and wrist. These include injuries to bones, tendons and nerves, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, arthritis, tumors, and other painful and disabling conditions. Dr Saber’s empathetic and conscientious approach allows her to build close connections and trust with her patients and achieve the best possible outcome.

Philip Shupe, DPMPhilip Shupe, DPM
Podiatry

As a board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip Shupe specializes in surgery and treatment of foot and ankle deformities and injuries. He received his degree in Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. When he is not treating patients, Dr. Shupe trains and instructs residents, fellows and new doctors in podiatric surgery. He enjoys watching his patients get back to their lives and families with reduced pain.

To make an appointment with one of our physicians or to contact the Orthopedic Institute, call (818) 863-4446.


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