Department of Ophthalmology
New York University
Bellevue Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
American Board of Ophthalmology
Lawrence V. Najarian, MD is a second-generation Armenian American for whom Boy Scouts was much more than a boyhood activity. At the age of 13, he was elected to the Order of the Arrow, attended the ’69 Jamboree and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Many years later, as an assistant Scout Master and father of Eagle Scout Greg Najarian, Dr. Najarian realized that Boy Scouts provided him with a pathway to achievement, an ethical code of conduct, and commitment to service that have guided his entire life.
Dr. Najarian is the founder and medical director of the Bedminster Eye and Laser Center, Bedminster, NJ. A board-certified ophthalmologist, he has served Bedminster and surrounding communities for nearly 30 years. He is a graduate of The John Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania Pearlman School of Medicine, and completed his residency in ophthalmology at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. He received special training at Moorsfield Eye Hospital in London and completed an ocular immunology fellowship at Emory University. For over 30 years, he has served as voluntary faculty, teaching ophthalmology residents at New York University and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Najarian has served as President of the Armenian American Health Professional Organization (AAHPO) since 2006. AAHPO is a multifaceted, 501(c)(3), volunteer medical philanthropy that provides health education and health care services to underserved populations here and in Armenia. Dr. Najarian also served on the Board of the Armenian Eye Care Project, which recently honored him for his service to patients. Through these organizations he has led and participated in multiple medical missions to Armenia, facilitated the donation of a $1 million microsurgical training laboratory, helped provide training to physicians in rural villages and raised funding for tele-health programming. In 2019, AAHPO awarded him the Gold Medal for service to the community.
Dr. Najarian is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This highly prestigious award is given in recognition of significant service to local, professional and immigrant communities. In addition, he received the “Healer of the Year Award” from the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce, awarded the Arnold P Gold Foundation Award for “sensitivity and compassion as well as technical proficiency,” and was recently honored to be the Godfather of the Cross for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church.
Dr. Najarian is married and the proud father of three adult children. For pleasure he enjoys being with his family, hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking and Scuba diving (PADI certified), coin collecting, photography and gardening all of which he traces back to BSA summer camp and merit badge activities.