Carolann S. Najarian, M.D., a native New Yorker, and the child of Armenian Genocide survivors, spent the major part of her medical career in private practice in Cambridge and Watertown, Massachusetts.
In 1988, after Armenian’s devastating earthquake, she spearheaded medical relief efforts to that country. As president of the Armenian Health Alliance, Inc. she made more than 50 trips to the region to deliver medical aid to the destroyed region. In 1995, with funds raised through AHA, she established the first primary care center in Gyumri (providing care to needy residents and training to physicians) and the Arpen Center for Expectant Women, in Artsakh (providing food and vitamins to pregnant women). In 2014, she published her father’s memoirs, Avedis’ Story, which chronicles his family’s escape through Dersim, to Russia, and eventually to the U.S.