Sarkis Kiramijyan, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional, Structural and Endovascular Cardiologist
Founder and Director, Structural Heart Disease Program
Medical Director, Cardiac STEMI Program
Adventist Health White Memorial
Los Angeles, California

“Even before I understood the intricacies of medicine, my mind was set on the heart.”

One of only a few Los Angeles County physicians formally and comprehensively trained in structural heart disease, Dr. Kiramijyan has dedicated his life to helping patients with a wide variety of heart conditions. Dr. Kiramijyan grew up in Southern California, in Hollywood and Glendale. While he was still in elementary school, he was inspired to pursue cardiology as he walked closely beside his beloved grandfather — with whom he shares his first name — who suffered through years of heart failure and, later, kidney disease.

“I wish I could be a doctor who could help patients like my grandfather,” Dr. Kiramijyan recalls thinking. “Even before I understood the intricacies of medicine, my mind was set on the heart.”

After the passing of his grandfather, Dr. Kiramijyan matured early in life. When he was 14, he began devoting significant time to volunteer work. Later, he worked at his community hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center (now Adventist Health Glendale), where he grew to appreciate medicine.

In his early college years, Dr. Kiramijyan excelled in the retail environment and had an opportunity for a career in retail management. However, he instead returned to his passion for healthcare. He worked at Glendale Adventist throughout college and graduated from UCLA with a degree in biology. He then attended medical school on the East Coast and subsequently invested in nine years of advanced residency and fellowship training in the field of cardiovascular medicine and interventional, peripheral and structural cardiology.

During that time, he amassed a vast amount of academic and clinical experience and expertise through three medical fellowships. Much of that study took place on the East Coast, but he and his wife chose to return to Los Angeles so he could serve the communities that had nurtured his growth and encouraged his love for medicine. Dr. Kiramijyan also has significant experience in academic medicine, having published many original scientific works and described certain operative modalities in interventional and structural cardiology. He also serves as an annual panelist and teaching faculty at national and international cardiovascular scientific conferences.

Knowing that each patient has a unique combination of health history, family background, personal preferences and beliefs, Dr. Kiramijyan strives to honor their specific goals and wishes, providing care with the utmost level of compassion, respect, integrity and quality. One thing he emphasizes with every patient is education. “I firmly believe patients must be well educated about their disease in order to make informed decisions regarding their treatment plan,” Dr. Kiramijyan says.

When he’s not attending to his patients, Dr. Kiramijyan enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and their two young children — especially going to the park for active fun together. He is also involved with his brother in Gateway Industry Inc., a non-profit, humanitarian organization they founded to help communities in the US and abroad. Most recently, they’ve focused their efforts on rebuilding elementary schools in Nagorno-Karabakh, a war-torn and poverty-stricken region of Armenia that is currently known as the Republic of Artsakh. Dr. Kiramijyan annually travels to Armenia with medical mission teams sponsored by Adventist Health, where he provides direct healthcare to people in need and helps to train local physicians. Dr. Kiramijyan speaks Spanish and Armenian.

Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine—Interventional Cardiology
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine—Cardiovascular Disease
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine—Internal Medicine
Diplomate, National Board of Echocardiography
Diplomate, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

Fellowships

2016-2017
Structural Heart Disease
Advanced Interventional Cardiology
Yale University School of Medicine
Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, Connecticut

2014-2016
Chief Fellow
Interventional Cardiology
Georgetown University
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

2011-2014
Chief Fellow
General Adult Cardiovascular Disease
Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, California

Residency

2008-2011
Internal Medicine
Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, California

Medical School

2004-2008
The George Washington University
Washington, DC

Languages
English, Armenian, Spanish


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