NEW YORK—Dr. Ani Nalbandian was named recipient of the John N. Loeb Intern of the Year Award at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), in New York, on April 19.
This prestigious and highly coveted award is granted to the member of the intern class who has consistently demonstrated dedication, kindness, and a desire to be of service to her patients. Dr. Nalbandian was voted deserving recipient of this award by peer residents, and presented the award by program leadership and key faculty in a ceremony at the conclusion of Medicine Grand Rounds.
Presenting the award were then-Assistant Program Director and Medical Director of Critical Care Services Dr. David Chong; then-Program Director and Professor of Medicine Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum; and Chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian Hospital-CUMC Dr. Donald L. Landry.
Also present were members of Dr. Nalbandian’s family, including parents, Fr. Untzag and Yn. Setta Nalbandian, of Trumbull, Conn.
Dr. Ani Nalbandian grew up in the Holy Ascension Armenian Church community in Trumbull. She completed her undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 2016. Prior to entering medical school, she completed translational science research at a tissue engineering lab at Yale School of Medicine, taught as a volunteer teacher at Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem, and completed a two-year Intramural Research Training Award at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was also named a Fulbright recipient, an honor that she declined in order to accept the NIH award. She is now a second-year resident in Columbia New York Presbyterian’s three-year Internal Medicine residency program.