Friday, January 11, 2013

In memoriam: Zareh Demirjian, MD


Zareh Demirjian, MD, a longtime MGH physician known for his kind and caring demeanor and his dedication to his patients and colleagues, died Dec. 24 at the age of 76.

“Zareh was one of those very special people at the MGH who was always there for the patient,” says cardiac surgeon Gus Vlahakas, MD. “He was incredibly knowledgeable about his field and fiercely supported what he thought was right in the care of an individual. He was always available, and was one of those people who was known as a doctor’s doctor.”

Demirjian worked at the MGH for a total of 41 years – starting in 1969 when he joined the hospital as a clinical and research fellow. In 1971 he became a member of the Hematology/Oncology staff, and continued to be clinically active up until his death.

“He was a phenomenal colleague who was always available to help you sort through difficult clinical situations of thrombotic problems,” said Glenn LaMuraglia, MD, of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. “I will remember him as the kind of doctor that makes the MGH the great hospital that it is.”

Ferdinando Buonanno, MD, director of the CardioNeurology Clinic in the Department of Neurology and co-director of the Pediatric Stroke Service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, credits Demirjian as one of his dearest friends and says, in addition to his dedication to the hospital community, Demirjian also was an active and supportive member of his beloved Armenian community. “He was a man of integrity and great compassion and an expert physician equally to kings as to the dispossessed,” Buonanno says. “His teachings echo and reverberate within me as in the hearts of our colleagues throughout the halls and patient rooms of MGH.”

Demirjian is survived by his wife, Margo; brother, Raffi Demirjian; children, Talinn Demirjian, and Aram Demirjian and his wife Alexis; and grandchildren, Meline and Charles Zareh. Funeral services have been held.

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