Journal first entry,

In a few days, I will be traveling to Rason, a city in northeast North Korea in partnership with Pacific Northwest Surgical Outreach (PNSO) and the NK medical outreach team. This country I am venturing to holds a special place in my heart because of the fact that this i...

April 5, 2017

It isn’t always a simple task to recall a single defining moment or person that sends you on the path you are meant to take in life. My decision to become a doctor manifested itself through a series of childhood events and opportunities during undergraduate studies. I am an Armenian-Irania...

March 4, 2017


Pacific Northwest Surgical Outreach (PNSO) was created following the experiences of general surgeon Dr. Jason Cundiff in Haiti immediately following the catastrophic earthquake in 2010.  It was his impromptu participation with a quickly thrown together surgical team th...

It’s hard to find where to begin when trying to describe the magnitude of the profoundly life-changing experience that was the PNSO Uganda 2016 trip. It took no more than a few minutes off the plane to realize what the theme of the trip (and, I would imagine, many trips to Africa) would be...

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