Bob Woodruff Foundation - Jonas Nursing III Scholar Alumni

Jemma Ayvazian, DNP

Johns Hopkins University

Jemma Ayvazian - Jonas Veterans ScholarJemma Ayvazian is a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner currently working as a Pain Management and Traumatic Brain Injury Nurse Practitioner in the Polytrauma Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. She is also a Traumatic Brain Injury Program Coordinator. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree from Johns Hopkins University,and  her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing and Post-Master’s Nursing Teaching Certificate from Boston College.

Dr. Ayvazian’s interest in assisting soldiers returning from the war zone dates back to 2003, when, as a military spouse, she lived at the US Army installation in Germany during her husband’s deployment to Iraq. Upon completing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, she made the decision to dedicate her professional life to supporting veterans who put their lives at risk for others, and who deserve “the best care their country has to offer.” Dr. Ayvazian served multiple roles at the Veterans Affairs over the past several years, with both clinical and administrative responsibilities. She worked at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford, MA, before transferring to Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center a year ago due to her husband’s military service-related change of station. Dr. Ayvazian’s research interest is to improve/enhance care for veterans who return from Iraq and Afghanistan with multiple co-existing medical and mental health conditions. The focus of her study at Johns Hopkins University is in designing integrated models of care to treat post-acute and chronic management of traumatic brain injury within the context of polytrauma.

Dr. Ayvazian, who has received numerous performance and academic excellence and achievement awards during her career, is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society, the Nurses Organization of Veteran Affairs, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and the North American Brain Injury Society.