The AMF, USA was founded on January 12, 1953 in
New York City under the original name “The
Armenian Association to Aid the Armenian
National Sanatorium of Lebanon, Inc.”. The
organization was formally registered in the
state of New York by its founding members:
Reverend Mihran Kalayjian, Mr. Howard
Karaghuezian and Mr. John Torigian and benefited
the moral support of the Armenian Apostolic and
Evangelical churches in the United States.
The Associations goals were:
To make the Armenian American community
aware of the Armenian National Sanatorium in
To help the Sanatorium provide care for
destitute Armenians and treating patients
infected with Tuberculoses or suffering from
To raise funds for the support of the
In 1991, with the emergence of the free and
independent Republic of Armenia, the Board of
Directors legally amended the by-laws and
articles of the corporation to extend its
support and aid to medical institutions in
Armenia providing care similar to that of the
Sanatorium in Lebanon.
In April 1992 the State of NY approved these
changes in the by-laws as well as the change in
the name to “The Armenian American Medical Fund,
Inc.” which more completely described the scope
of its activities. However in 2004 due to the
cumbersome nature of the name the Board voted to
change the name to the present one: “The
Armenian Medical Fund, USA” (AMF, USA).
AMF, USA is a not-for-profit, type B corporation
as defined by section 201 of not-for-profit
corporation law duly recognized by section 509
(C) (3) of the Federal Internal Revenue of 1986.
As a result contributions to the AMF, USA are
fully deductible under section (C) (2) of the
IRS Code or corresponding provisions of any
subsequent federal tax law.
Board of Directors
Vahe Balouzian, Chairman
Andrew Torigian, Vice Chairman
Herand Markarian, Ph.D. Executive Secretary
Mesrob Odian, Ph.D. Treasurer
George Dermksian, MD
Khoren Nalbandian, R.Ph.
Puzant Torigian, D.Sc.