NEW YORK — Dr. Lawrence V. Najarian, a physician and humanitarian, received the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor this spring. He has been President of the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO) since 2006.
Awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service and extraordinary accomplishments in their field, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor ranks among the nation’s most renowned awards. The Ellis Island Award of Honor recognizes the contribution of Americans of all backgrounds to strengthen the country and represent the diversity found in the immigrant experience of Ellis Island. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year the recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.
Najarian is not the first member of the AAHPO family to receive this prestigious award. The following AAHPO board members, officers and honorees have received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in previous years for their work on behalf of AAHPO and other highly respected organizations:
* Harout Mekhjian, MD, (AAHPO Honoree)
* Raffy Hovanessian, MD (AAHPO Honoree)
* Vicki Shoghag Hovanessian (AAHPO Service Award)