CHARLOTTE, Vt. — Dr. Kenneth Earl Najarian, FSIR, 60, of Charlotte, and “Shore Acres” North Kingstown, RI, an interventional radiologist and a professor of radiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine was tragically killed by a drunk driver in Ferrisburgh, Vt. on June 17,while riding his bicycle.
Najarian was the husband of Kristine Mary (Thew) Najarian and the father of Jared and Shannon. Ken, as he was known, was the son of the late John K. Najarian, associate justice of the Rhode Island Family Court and the late Mary (Avedisian) Najarian.
Born in Providence, RI, he was a graduate of the Providence Country Day School, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Vermont Medical School. He completed his medical internship at St Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. and his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. He then completed fellowships in ultrasound and computed tomography at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and in interventional radiology at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.
He returned to Vermont in 1985 to work at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and its medical center as an assistant professor and attending radiologist. He became an associate professor in 1992 and a full professor in 2001. He served as division director of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology from 1998 to 2008. Ken directed the Vascular Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program from 1995 to 1999 and served on numerous College of Medicine committees, including the Admissions Committee.
He was the first physician in Vermont to introduce modern and innovative interventional radiology techniques. He was nationally regarded as an expert in vascular interventional Radiology and served on national committees, was a journal writer, and a consultant to the industry on medical devices.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his loving siblings and their spouses, Linda M. Najarian Koenig (Werner) of Warwick, RI, Carol E. Najarian Pjojian (Kenneth) of Cranston RI, and John K. Najarian, Jr. (Linda) of North Kingstown, RI; he was the uncle of Stefan, Neil, John III and Mary Elizabeth.
He had a true love for life and was passionate about anything he undertook, whether it was bicycling, kiteboarding, snowboarding, drumming or other athletic and artistic pursuits.
His funeral service was held on Thursday, June 25 in Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church in Providence, followed by interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kenneth E. Najarian, MD may be made to: Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Endowment Fund, 70 Jefferson St., Providence, RI 02908.
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