The AAMS Mourns the Loss of Co-founder Dr. John Momjian


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, uncle, friend, and colleague, Dr. John Hadje Momjian. He passed away on March 6, 2023, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was 92.

Dr. Momjian was born in Aleppo, Syria on November 15, 1931. His medical education began at the Medical School at the Faculty Francaise in Beirut, Lebanon. He followed that with a residency and fellowship in anesthesiology and started his career at the French Hospital of Sacre Coeur, in Beirut.

In 1979, he and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he continued his career in medicine at the Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical School as an anesthesiologist and an instructor at the LAC-USC anesthesia department

Dr. Momjian was a kindhearted man who was respected and loved by all who knew him. He lived his life with purpose, integrity, and compassion, always devoted to his family and community.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Momjian founded the Armenian American Medical Society of California with Dr. Misak Barsamian and Dr. Artin Saghrian. He was happy to see the organization’s growth and continued success.

Dr. Momjian is survived by his wife, Sona, and children, Pierre Momjian (podiatrist), Janet Yetenekian (businesswoman), Nadine Sarkissian (pharmacist), and Robert Momjian (computer engineer). He was blessed with eight grandchildren, who filled his life with joy and happiness.

His passing is heartbreaking for us all, but his loss is eased by the memory of his unconditional and undying love. We are grateful to have been blessed with the care, wisdom, and guidance of an exemplary human being. He will be sorely missed, but the memory of his shining example will guide us through our lives. May he rest in eternal peace.