Annette Choolfaian

annette choolfaian

May 28, 1943 ~ February 2, 2019

Choolfaian, Annette, RN, MPA, age 75, of Fort Lee, peacefully passed on February 2, 2019. She was a distinguished health care professional devoting her life to improving access to and quality of health care for all Americans, particularly the underserved. Annette began her career as a Nurse, and truly possessed a gift and calling to care for and help people. She served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center and held leadership positions at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater New York and Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center. She spent the last two decades of her career in academia as a professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College. Annette gave generously of her time to domestic policy organizations and humanitarian efforts, serving on the Boards of the Fund for Armenian Relief, Women’s City Club of New York, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy. She served on a White House delegation of health care professionals who went to Czechoslovakia immediately after the “velvet revolution.” She also developed health and social services programs in Armenia — including a Children’s Center in Armenia for orphaned and abandoned street children and fellowship programs for senior members of the Ministry of Health of the Armenian Republic and Armenian Health Care Managers in order to expand their knowledge of health care delivery, financing, and management. She was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and received the New York University Distinguished Alumnus Award. Annette was a special individual and the most loyal, loving and dedicated daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, teacher and mentor. The family will receive their friends on Wednesday 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. All are asked to Assemble Thursday in St. Leon's Armenian Apostolic Church, Visiting 9:30 – 10:30 AM with a Religious Service at 10:30 AM. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following charitable organizations:

FAR (Fund For Armenian Relief):

Professor Annette Choolfaian RN, MPA Endowed Scholarship Fund – New York Medical College:

Women’s City Club of New York:


Visitation: February 7, 2019 9:30 am - February 6, 2019 10:30 am

St. Leon's Armenian Apostolic Church
12-61 Saddle River Road
Fairlawn, NJ 07410

Religious Service: February 7, 2019 10:30 am

St. Leon's Armenian Apostolic Church
12-61 Saddle River Road
Fairlawn, NJ 07410

Visitations: February 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Burial: February 7, 2019 11:30 am

George Washington Memorial Park
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. Her obituary says it all. She was a truly accomplished woman with a clear set of moral values who stuck to her principles and did the right thing. She will certainly be missed by her HH friends

  2. it was a privilege to know and work with Annette. Our condolences to her beloved family — especially Nicole and Dikran who she held most dear

  3. I was Annette's administrative assistant at NY Medical College from 2010 until she retired. She was a loving, compassionate person who was always there when I needed her. It was a pleasure to work with her – she was the life of our department and the entire school. She knew her flowers and how to care for them & made sure we had them on our desks, always a special birthday cake and her signature Christmas cookies. I am heartbroken and will miss her. She loved her family and both of us shared each others stories and pictures. Annette was more like a friend than my boss and for this I am truly grateful.

    My sincere condolences,

    Cindy Jakubowski

  4. Annette was a special woman with to many attributes to mention on a personal

    note. Will miss her and her special smile. Always,
    Phyllis Lowe

  5. Annette was genuine. She helped everyone without any thought – it was just normal to do so. No thought to it at all. She never complained and always had a smile for you. We had great days and lots of memories – I will miss you forever. Thanks for calling me a friend. You will always be mine! Love you forever! Miss your smiling face. You were beautiful. God Bless You.

  6. I just became aware of Annette's passing. Annette was a dear friend, instrumental to guiding me through my MPH at NYMC and my career in health care. I have often thought of the dedication she instilled in me personally and to so many of her students, she is truly missed.

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