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RUMC, Sri Lankan Community Dedicates Unit in Honor of Late Dr. Anantham Harim

Posted Date: 6/22/2015
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RUMC Officials, Sri Lankan Community Honor Dr. Anantham Harin with Dedication of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dedication Honors Late Director of Unit Who Was a Leader in Island’s Sri Lankan Community

STATEN ISLAND, NY &; Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) officials, today, along with family members and leaders of Staten Island’s large Sri Lankan community, dedicated the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in honor of the late Dr. Anantham Harin, who directed the unit at the time of his death in 2010 at age 65. 

“This is a simple honor for a man who earned the recognition and admiration not just of his colleagues here at Richmond University Medical Center, but served as a leader and role model in the Sri Lankan community on Staten Island.” stated President and CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., LNHA, FACHE, who delivered remarks during the dedication. “It is truly fitting that his memory be honored in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, among the vulnerable babies he dedicated his life to.”

Reflections on Dr. Harin’s long career were also offered by Allan Weissglass, former Chairman of the St. Vincent’s Hospital Board of Trustees and current member of RUMC’s Board of Trustees and Dr. Brian McMahon, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at RUMC. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Harin was regularly featured in the media for his work with premature babies and was repeatedly listed among New York magazine’s list of Best Doctors. While a resident of Staten Island, Dr. Harin emerged as a leading figure in the borough’s Sri Lankan community, which at over 5,000 estimated residents is one of the largest outside of Sri Lanka itself.

A native of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, Dr. Harin graduated from the University of Colombo Medical School in 1970 and immigrated to the United States in 1973 to begin a residency at what is now SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, and an internship in pediatrics at Kings County Hospital Center.  After completing a fellowship in neonatology at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, Dr. Harin worked as an attending physician in neonatology at Bellevue Hospital Center and NYU Medical Center in Manhattan.  Having relocated to Staten Island in 1979, Dr. Harin began working at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital (now RUMC) in the early 1980s where he worked until his passing.

1) From left to right: Dr. Santosh Parab, RUMC President & CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., Dr. Teresa Lemma, Dr. Brian McMahon, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Nirupa Harin, widow of Dr. Harin, RUMC Board Trustee Robin Lefkowitz, Dr. Pankaj Patel, Dr. Anthony Barone and RUMC Board Trustee Allan Weissglass.

2) Plaque to be placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.