Amalia Voskanyan, RN

Co-Director, Humanitarian Disaster Operations

Amalia Voskanyan is the Co-Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, the first of its kind at a Harvard Teaching Hospital. This Fellowship, established in 2007, is globally recognized and has attracted applicants from every continent in the world for its 12 Fellowship positions. She is also the Chief of Staff for the Emergency Medicine Academy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This Academy has been established through a collaboration between the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Brigham and Womens’ Hospital, and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of the Interior. In addition, Ms. Voskanyan holds a leadership position in the Disaster Preparedness Program of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Boston Massachusetts.

In addition to these activities Amalia Voskanyan works extensively in post-earthquake Haiti on two different humanitarian programs. She provides medical leadership to the Be Like Brit program in Haiti by guiding the healthcare program for children orphaned by the 2010 earthquake. As part of this and another humanitarian program in Haiti, she directs Fellows and leads teams providing medical and psychosocial care and education.

Amalia Voskanyan has over 18 years’ experience in nursing and hospital administration, and is a seasoned expert in global healthcare. She was born in Yerevan Armenia and completed her training at the Armenian Federal Nursing School. She began her clinical work at the Pediatric Surgical center in Yerevan and then was asked to join the Emergency Scientific Institute of Armenia as a nurse in the Department of Surgery. While there she rapidly rose to a leadership level and became the youngest person in the history of the medical center to be appointed Chief Nurse of the Department of Surgery. In this role she managed a busy Surgery Department in the largest Emergency Hospital in Armenia. She also served as a nurse educator, regularly teaching nursing students from Yerevan University. She continued in this administrative and educational role until her emigration to the United States in 1997. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Armenian.

Amalia Voskanyan has been an integral part of numerous international healthcare programs, and is an internationally recognized healthcare administrator. She was given the American International Health Alliance Excellence in Nursing Administration award in Moscow in 1995, and has been an invited speaker at numerous global healthcare conferences, including the Armenian Nurses Association in Boston Massachusetts, and the American International Health Alliance Global Medicine conference in Atlanta Georgia.
Since 1997, Amalia Voskanyan has played a key role in many international healthcare programs, including several in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. She served as an educational liaison for the Belarus-University of Massachusetts Medical Partnership Program, a United States Agency for International Development funded program, and as a part of a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center delegation to Panama. She also played a key role as a medical delegate for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Russian Healthcare Infrastructure conference in Buffalo New York. In 2007 she was part of the Harvard Medical School faculty delegation to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow to discuss strategies for Healthcare Infrastructure Development in Russia.