NEW MILFORD, N.J.—On Jan. 18, Dr. Greg Simonian was unanimously elected to become the third chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hovnanian School. He succeeds Sarkis Bedevian, who served as chairman from October 2009 to October 2010. Vahakn Hovnanian, one of the original founders of the school, served as chairman from 1976 to 2009. He is now honorary chairman emeritus.
Simonian joined the Board in Summer 2009, and got straight to work with the Student Education Fund Committee, helping to raise nearly $70,000 in student aid. He was also instrumental in launching the NYC bus transportation project by providing the necessary funds and leadership.
Simonian is the surgical director of the Heart and Vascular Hospital and chief of endovascular studies at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). He previously served as president of the medical staff at HUMC and currently serves as chairman of the Medical Board.
Originally from Tenafly, N.J., Simonian completed his medical school, surgical residency, and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He also completed additional training in minimally invasive vascular interventions at UMDNJ.
He is one of few physicians in the U.S. to be admitted to both the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. As a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Richmond, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for outstanding accomplishments in academics and leadership. Simonian is well published in the medical literature and is a participant in over 15 clinical trials at HUMC. His works have covered subjects from the basic science arena, including gene expression at the molecular level, to technical vascular considerations and multidisciplinary program development in the treatment of vascular disease.
Simonian’s wife, Dr. Carla Simonian, is a member of the faculty practice and teaching staff in obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center. They reside in Paramus and have two daughters, Olivia and Sophia, who currently attend the Hovnanian School.
The Hovnanian School in New Milford is an accredited, independent private school serving children from pre-school through eighth grade. For more information, visit www.hovnanianschool.org or call the administration office at (201) 967-5940.
Congratulations Dr. Simonian!