Dr. Steven Gradwohl

This weekend, we lost a beloved member of our Health System family when Dr. Steven Gradwohl, a member of our Medical School faculty since 1994, was killed in an automobile crash on Interstate 94. I know too well the shock of such a tragic loss and my deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. Dr. Gradwohl’s obituary can be found here.

13 thoughts on “Dr. Steven Gradwohl

  1. Richard Cohan on said:

    He was my physician, a friend, and a colleague. My deepest condolences go to his family. He cannot be replaced. A true gentleman. A caring physician. A wonderful person. He served as an example to all of us.

  2. Rod Hayward on said:

    A truly amazing physician and human being. Smart, clever, caring and dedicated, with a great sense of humor. I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  3. Namita Sachdev on said:

    Steve and I joined ambulatory care at the same time. He was a wonderful role model as a primary care doctor and a person. He will be missed greatly!

  4. John Yarjanian on said:

    Steve was an incredibly decent man of the highest character and clinical competence. I came to know him as my personal physician, and along the way he became a friend. He was always a true advocate of his patients, and exhibited a personal demeanor that inspired confidence and respect. He was a gentleman beyond words and will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy is extended to his family friends, and colleagues.

  5. Roger Albin on said:

    I didn’t know Steve personally but had the pleasure of seeing quite a few of his patients for neurologic consultations. He was a superb physician. His patients invariably spoke of him in glowing terms. This is a huge loss.

  6. Frank Worden on said:

    I have known Steve and Lisa for years through the Burns Park Players, and we shared several patients mutually. I cannot think of a more compassionate, loving, and dedicated man than Steve Gradwohl. My heartfelt sympathy is extended to Lisa and Steve’s families at this most difficult time.

  7. Mary Jo David on said:

    My husband and I both appreciated his knowledge, care, sense of humor, and the feeling that his time was your time when you went to see him. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family right now.

  8. Dharma on said:

    SEG touched a lot of people as a physician. He’s been my doctor for about a decade and I felt safe in his care. He always squeezed me in to his booked schedule when I needed it. He always responded to my emails. And last summer, when I was going through a very difficult medical issue and living at a distance, he made sure I had everything I needed to be well. Just yesterday (before I learned of his death) I thought to myself that I should write a letter to Briarwood Medical Group praising how he went above and beyond. Then I visit annarbor.com this morning to see the headline that U-M physician died… I went to click thinking “please don’t let it be him. What are the chances??” I was heartbroken and stunned to see his picture. This guy was the picture of vitality so I’m having a really hard time wrapping my mind around him not being alive. As a doctor, he is irreplaceable. I can’t even imagine what his family and loved ones are going through. You were the best, SEG.

  9. Linda Van Guilder on said:

    I was a friend of Steve’s in junior high and high school, with a lot of memories. I have been so very happy and proud of Steve, the life he built, and who he was. The words in this chain come as no surprise whatsoever, and I am absolutely elated to see him honored by you all. Thank you. Again, thank you.

  10. Mary Miller on said:

    Dr. Gradwohl was my primary care physician. A cancer survivor, I became acquainted with him when he was recommended by a UM oncologist about ten years ago who told me that if he oversaw my health, I would be in “good hands.” I drove 65 miles one way for annual physicals and other appointments while under his care; his care afforded a deep sense of security. What doctor other than seg would call your home to inform you of your blood test results when he was responsible for so many patients? I, too, was squeezed in to his busy schedule for emergencies. I always thanked him in person each time I visited UM and recently contemplated sending him a thank you note–yet, sadly, never did. Dr. Gradwohl was one in a million–a great physician, very intelligent, and a very good person. My prayers are offered for him and his entire family.

  11. Ilona Macek on said:

    I’m having a very difficult time absorbing the fact that this extraordinary man will no longer be part of our world. He was my doctor for 13 years and I trusted him totally. His warmth, perception and humor (“listen, my friend,” he’d say . . .) permeated all our encounters. I always thought his mother must also have been extraordinary to have raised such an individual.

    My heart aches for his family, but how very lucky they were to have had him.

  12. Gerard Wordhouse on said:

    Steve was a Giant in his ability to exhibit a caring and informative discussion of the complex issues I am facing. When my anxiety reached a high level he would pull his chair up close and the famous line “listen my friend” would come into play. I considered him to be my friend first and my physician second. When he called me on a Sunday afternoon at 5:30 P.M. with my test results, it confirmed the depth of his Doctor/Patient commitment. I am 75 years of age and Steve is a model by which others can live by. My love and prayer support to his wife and children who need to know the greatness of the man they called Dad and Husband. Gone but Never Forgotten!

  13. Tod Eberle on said:

    I would like to leave a memorial message for my primary care physician, Dr. Steven Gradwohl. He was an inspiration, a mentor, and a friend. I will miss him. He changed my life and assured my long term health.

    Devastating to see the end of a life so impactful of those of others.

    Rest Well, Doctor!


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