In Memoriam: Anna Angele Haroutunian, MD

It is with great sadness that AAHPO notes the passing of AAHPO member Anna Angele Haroutunian, MD, a pediatric physician, who passed away on Easter Sunday at St. Barnabas Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born in New York City, a child of Armenian Genocide survivors. She attended Clifton Public Schools and was the Salutatorian of her high school class. The Salutatorian speech she gave at the age of 17 was remarkable as she spoke eloquently about the value of time and how important it is to strive to use the precious time we are given in a meaningful and positive manner. She followed this path and led a most meaningful and positive life devoted to the care and treatment of sick, abused, and injured children.

Dr. Haroutunian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1959. She was one of a small number of pioneering women attending medical schools at that time.

She served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UMDNJ Medical School and as a Senior Attending at University Hospital, Newark-Department of Pediatrics.

Anna Angele Haroutunian, MD

Anna Angele Haroutunian, MD

During her long and illustrious medical career, some of the positions she held were: Director of Children’s Ambulatory Care, Children’s Emergency Room and Clinics, Director of Ambulatory Subspecialty Services, Director of the Lead Program- all at Children’s Hospital- United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark; Director of the Child Abuse and Maltreatment Protection Division of Children’s Hospital – Newark Beth Israel and later at University Hospital, Newark; and Director of the PKU (a serious genetic disorder) Program of Northern and Central Jersey, at Children’s Hospital and later University Hospital, Newark.