“…the hardest working man I know.”

Everyday Heroes Physician Recognition

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Varoujan Altebarmakian, MD

2003 Everyday Hero

Urology | Physician-in-Chief

“I do everything out of love and passion,” says Varoujan Altebarmakian, MD, Physician-in-Chief and Urologist at Kaiser Permanente Fresno. “With passion, results are always good.”

Dr. Altebarmakian–lovingly nicknamed Dr. Alte by his co-workers–considers serving people his life’s mission. “I feel it is my duty to give to others in need.” Whether conferring with a patient or colleague, Dr. Alte shows genuine concern for their well-being. Along with his welcoming bear hugs, Dr. Alte is known for his availability; he invites staff to call him– no matter the hour–because ‘no question or need is too small’.

“I love people unconditionally,” he says. “If our members receive good care and are happy, we’ve achieved our goal.”

 “He’s the hardest working man I know,” says Corwin Harper, Director of Hospital Operations and Medical Group Administrator at the Fresno facility. “He’s caring, compassionate, and committed. He drives for success and excellence–for the greater good of all, not just for himself.”

Dr. Altebarmakian volunteers tirelessly in the community. His strong spiritual beliefs have led the Armenian Apostolic Church to name him Chairman of the Western Diocese–the highest honor it bestows. “When you do something for your community or church, you understand yourself as well as others better.” Dr. Altebarmakian elaborates, “Those who give their time and resources are happiest in life.”