MONTREAL, QC, February 15, 2018 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Vazken Der Kaloustian, MD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Der Kaloustian celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Professor emeritus of pediatrics and human genetics in the Department of Medical Genetics at McGill University, Dr. Der Kaloustian is a board-certified physician who has been affiliated with the university for more than two decades. Licensed to practice medicine in Lebanon, as well as Quebec, Canada, and several states in the United States, he worked in various capacities at the university, including as director of the medical genetics training program, head of the division of medical genetics, and founder and director of the national unit of human genetics in Lebanon. Throughout his career in academia, Dr. Der Kaloustian also taught as a professor at the American University of Beirut for several years. He began his teaching career in 1965 as a teaching fellow in pediatrics at Harvard University for one year, followed by serving as an instructor of pediatrics at the American University of Beirut from 1968 to 1970. He began teaching at McGill University as a professor of pediatrics and genetics in 1988.
Dr. Der Kaloustian has been an invited speaker for dozens of seminars, symposiums, and other events, including at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, and was a keynote speaker at the University of Guadalajara's First International Symposium on Genodermatosis. Additionally, he has been affiliated with a great number of professional organizations, including the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists, The American Society of Human Genetics, and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. He has been active on the international scientific advisory committee of The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics since 2008.
Throughout Dr. Der Kaloustian's career, he has been honored with a Medal of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia, a Gold Medal Award from the American University of Beirut Alumni Association, and a Medal from the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Association. He has also authored and co-authored several books, including “Genetic Diseases of the Skin” in 1979, “The Kidney in Genetic Disease” in 1986, “Congenital Anomalies of the Ear, Nose and Throat” in 1991, as well as more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters to 15 books, and numerous papers and reports for international organizations. He has also been a reviewer for several professional journals, was an editorial board member for “The American Journal of Medical Genetics” and “The Lebanese Science Bulletin,” and was a board member for “The Birth Defects Encyclopedia.”
Born in Antioch, Turkey in 1937, Dr. Der Kaloustian later studied at the Hamazkayin Armenia College and the International College in Beirut, Lebanon, before earning a bachelor's degree and MD at the American University of Beirut in 1959 and 1963, respectively. Becoming an assistant resident in pediatrics at the university, he then traveled to the United States to complete a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in human genetics in the department of pediatrics and a master's degree at The John Hopkins University. By 1974, Dr. Der Kaloustian had completed a second short fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics at Erasmus University before completing another fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics in the Genetics unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1982. Making his way to Canada in 1986, he and his wife Lena Sethian have remained there ever since. They have two daughters. Notably, Dr. Der Kaloustian has been cited in over 30 editions of Who's Who, including Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Vazken Der Kaloustian, MD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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