Dicran Goulian Jr., M.D., D.D.S.
1927 - 2016
Dicran Goulian, Jr., M.D., D.D.S., passed away on August 3, 2016 in Gilbert, Arizona at the age of 89. Born in Weehawken, New Jersey in 1927, he received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College, his dental degree from the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery and his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine. He pursued his General Surgery training at Grace New Haven Community Hospital. He completed a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Surgical Research at Yale University and a United States Public Health Service Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Surgical Research at Cornell University. He completed his Plastic Surgery training at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center (now named the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center) where he became Professor and served as Attending Surgeon-In-Charge of the Division of Plastic Surgery and Residency Program Director from 1969-1987.
Dr. Goulian trained over 80 plastic surgery residents during his long and illustrious career at The New York Hospital and contributed to 65 publications. Among his notable accomplishments were his 1971 publication in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dermal Mastopexy, originally presented at the 1970 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in Colorado Springs, a technique that is still performed by plastic surgeons today, almost 50 years after his presentation.
Another revolutionary innovation of Dr. Goulianís was the Goulian knife which continues to be utilized by plastic surgeons and burn surgeons worldwide for de-epithelialization and for harvesting skin grafts. In his search for an eficient knife to perform burn surgery, he was walking down Park Avenue in Manhattan one day and spotted a barberís knife in a storefront window. He realized how to tweak the design and created an ideal surgical instrument with 8, 10 and 12 mm guards to perform skin grafts and tangential excision of burn wounds. The knife, manufactured by the Weck company, is available at a very a?ordable cost, partially due to its simple design, and partially because Dr. Goulian chose not to receive any compensation from its sale so that it would be available to surgeons world-wide, even in those countries where higher costs might have rendered it unavailable for patients who could bene?t from it.
Dr. Goulian was a member of twenty medial societies and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Treasurer of the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons, President of the Section of Plastic Surgery of the Medical Society of the State of New York and Secretary of the Section of Plastic Surgery of the New York Academy of Medicine.
In recognition of his contributions to the specialty and his passionate devotion and mentoring of his residents, the Dicran Goulian M.D. Award for Academic Excellence has been given to a resident in the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for almost twenty years.
He was awarded the ASPS Presidentís award in 2012.
He was survived by a brother, Dr. Mehran Goulian of LaJolla, California, four children, Linda Goulian DeStefano of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dicran Goulian III of Gilbert, Arizona, Beverly Goulian Johnson of Castle Rock, Colorado and Elizabeth Goulian Kahle of Rye, New York, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean Marie Aldreany Goulian and his second wife, Nancy Knauer Goulian.
Malcolm Z. Roth, M.D.