World War I

Group of Patients at Dr. Kazanjian's Ward

Group of patients at Dr. Varaztad H. Kazanjian's ward, circa 1917

During World War I, Dr Kazanjian used his unique surgical skill to treat the soldiers severely disfigured during combat. In 1915, he was appointed Dental Chief of the First Harvard Unit organized to serve overseas with the British Forces. He established the first dental and maxillofacial unit clinic in France as part of the Unit's services at the General Hospital in Camiers. This clinic was eventually moved to enlarged facilities and continued until February 1919. Dr. Kazanjian treated approximately 3,000 patients and he was eventually dubbed "Miracle Man of the Western Front."

Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George Medal

Order of St. Michael and St. George medal, 1919

In recognition of his services during World War I, Dr. Kazanjian was decorated "Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St George" by King George V at Buckingham Palace.