Dr. Andrui Nazarian | Empowering Women in Medicine

Dr. Andrui Nazarian is a double board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician, a mother of three beautiful children, a wife, an entrepreneur, and an optimist who loves medicine and entrepreneurship. I created Womanly Inspiration with the hope of educating, inspiring, and empowering women worldwide, enabling them to find their voice, build confidence, and create the life they desire.

Could you please provide some background about yourself and what led you to pursue a career in medicine?

Certainly. A significant aspect of my background is that I am an immigrant to this country who embraced the American dream. From a young age, I learned that with learning, hard work, and determination, one can create the life they desire. My parents have been a tremendous source of inspiration, setting daily examples that hard work and kindness can help you achieve your dreams. As an immigrant, this theme resonates strongly with me and many others who come from different countries.

While I’ve always had a business-oriented mindset, medicine has held a special place in my heart since childhood. I am married and blessed with three beautiful children, ages 10, 4, and 1. Being able to gracefully balance work, family, and children is something I find incredibly fulfilling as a woman. Witnessing the lack of readily available medical services and technology while growing up in Armenia, and later observing how physicians in the United States can save lives and enhance the quality of life for people, truly motivated me to pursue a career in medicine. There is nothing more rewarding to me than caring for patients and helping them feel better.

As an anesthesiologist and pain management physician, the ability to alleviate a patient’s pain is incredibly powerful, as it can dramatically impact their quality of life. One day, they may be functioning well, and the next day, pain can leave them bedridden. Restoring patients to their previous state of well-being is an immensely fulfilling aspect of my work. I chose anesthesia because it requires meticulous attention to detail, vigilance, and quick thinking, all of which fascinated me. 

Furthermore, my decision to sub-specialize in pain management was influenced by personal experiences with family members who suffered from pain, particularly during their battle with cancer. At that time, we were unaware of the concept of pain management, given our immigrant background. Witnessing their pain and discovering the field of pain management fueled my desire to help patients who experience similar suffering. It is always difficult, both as a physician and as a human being, to witness people in pain.

In my field, I encounter patients in pain daily. Their inability to perform basic daily activities due to pain highlights the importance of providing effective care. Helping these patients regain their quality of life is incredibly rewarding.

You’re also an entrepreneur at heart. Do you have other businesses besides your medical practice, or is your practice your primary venture?

I am part of a larger organization, and in addition to that, I have a website called “Womanly Inspiration.” The purpose of this website is to assist women in discovering themselves, understanding various aspects of life, and providing guidance in different fields, such as finance and health. The goal is to educate, inspire, and empower women to boost their self-confidence and achieve success, both personally and professionally. It brings me joy to see women excel and flourish in all areas of life.

Did you have any mentors in the industry when you first started, or what motivated you to pursue both medicine and your entrepreneurial endeavors?

To be honest, I did not have any family members or individuals in the healthcare field who served as mentors while growing up. My interest in medicine was innate, and I had always aspired to become a physician since elementary school. Pursuing medicine involved conducting extensive research, reading, and exploring the steps required to enter medical school. On the other hand, my interest in entrepreneurship was sparked by joining various physician entrepreneur groups and meeting like-minded women. These women inspired and motivated me. I developed meaningful connections with some of them, and the learning curve of entrepreneurship was steep.

Speaking of endeavors, are there any specific goals or projects you are currently working on or planning for the future?

Currently, I am focused on expanding my involvement in international medical work, particularly in Armenia. I will be visiting Armenia next month to teach doctors there about pain management procedures. I’m also passionate about writing a children’s book, which is something I hope to pursue in the near future. These are just a couple of the exciting endeavors I have in mind, and I’m eager to see how they unfold.


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