We the Edenfield family are so sorry and so shocked at the loss of this wonderful man and doctor we call our hero. Big daddy O is what my husband Darren Edenfield called him and the reason for that is because He saved my husbands life in 2009.Dr ochsner preformed 3 major surgeries on my husband and they formed a friendship not just a dr patient relationship. we found out that my husband will be needing surgery again and we were so happy to be going to see Dr o this past week on Jan.6 2014 and found out the sad tragic news of his loss and we are in total disbelief not only for his patients but for his family and co workers. You just don't find people like Dr o anymore much less doctors. My husband and Dr o shared stories about their kids we have one daughter and he had one daughter and his 2 boys and it was my daughters 1st prom and Dr o let us go early and trusted that Darren would be well enough at home so we could make that important date in our daughters life and we wanted to see him so bad just to let my husband say Thank You for giving me 5 more years of wonderful life with my daughter and we didn't get the chance. So we as a family hopes this reaches his family t let you knowhow much we loved him and what he meant to us and we hope that you find comfort in knowing their will be no other in our eyes.So now we will trust in his teachings he has gifted his surgeons with to face our new challenges and know that Dr o will be there every step of the way through their hands. Thank you and God bless each and everyone of his loved ones. I remember when he had to rush home to sew up the dog that's how I want to remember him...Love always Darren Becky and Nikki Edenfield
I just read of Dr. Ochsner's passing. I had the privledge of first meeting Dr. Ochsner at the Southern surgical meeting where he served as invited discussant on my research. He was approachable and considerate particularly as I was a resident at the time. From that point forward I saw him at several additional conferences and he greeted me with enthusiasm whenever I ran into him. I did not know him well, but the brief interactions I had with him made a lasting impression. The surgical community has lost a valued and good man. I am very sorry for your loss.
Dear Mrs. Ochsner,
I was a classmate of Gage at Tulane and have seen him at surgical meetings. I was sorry to read of his death in the American College of Surgeons bulletin this month.
He accomplished a lot and is 59 years and was an outstanding representative of Tulane Medical School.
Thomas Hendrick, MD, FACS
I am so sorry for your loss to the family of such a wonderful man. Dr. Ochsner saved my son's life on July 28th of 2008. We just found out today of Dr. Ochsner's passing from a another wonderful Dr. name Dr. Miles whom he taught at Memorial and is a physician at Piedmont hospital in Atlanta GA, what a small world. I wasn't surprised that she spoke kindly of him because that was who I had the pleasure of meeting on that awful day in July, when my sons were fitting for there lives and Deon was only 18 at that time. He always had feeling of concern to me and he also should this to my son who admired him immensely. The world is going to be a sad place without him in it, he will be missed and our thoughts are with you all.
I know he is up there smiling on everyone he knew and crossed paths with, so long beautiful soul so long.
i lived in new orleans, so i well know the name ochsner. how delighted i was to see dr. ochsner's face on television when his hospital was selected for a discovery health program. i vicariously followed him afterwards and have just discovered his passing. i am so sorry for his beautiful wife and boys who were also shown on the program. he was so handsome and good.
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Gage. I typed many papers for Gage during his fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center. Gage was a wonderful person to work with and a remarkable surgeon. God blessed him with a special talent. I also shared in some fun times with him and others at the annual EAST meetings. After I left the trauma world in 2002, I would call Gage yearly just to say hi. Rest in Peace my friend. My prayers and blessings to Judy and his family.
I am sad to hear about the loss of a fine physician. As a Lab Assistant, I had the pleasure of watching Dr. Ocshner and the rest of the trauma team do what they do best. God Bless his family during this difficult time.
Dear Judy and Family:
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a great physician and boss. I worked with Dr. Ochsner for 6 years in Surgical Education and remember when he first came to Savannah. Elaine Frantz, Lynn (his secretary at the time) and I met him at 8000 Waters Avenue where he first stayed with a "welcome" gift basket. Everyone was so happy that Memorial had hired such a fine physician and trauma surgeon.
He was quite the dancer too. I remember at one of the Surgical Education parties, he and Judy danced to YMCA and my husband was mesmorized that a physician was such a good dancer and so down to earth. He still talks about it to this day.
My heart is sad but my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know the angels were rejoicining when he arrived!
Love to you all,
In 1999 Dr. Oshner and I appeared on Trauma in th ER. For many it was a television show, but for me it was reality. He did not let the cameras distract him.( He stayed Dr. Oshner through it all).With the help of God and Dr. Oshner I made it. He was a great encouragement. I am saddened to hear of his passing. May God bless his family.Thank you Dr.Oshner!
I am just reading of the passing of a great physician Dr. Gage Ochsner. I had the pleasure of working with him while at Medstar/Lifestar Ambulance service. He always had a calmness to his voice, and made you feel comfortable in a stressful situation/job. My prayers go out to Judy; who I've had the pleasure of meeting in a local OB/GYN office, as well as the rest of the family.
Dr. Ochsner was the most dedicated and caring physician I ever had the privilege to meet. At our first meeting I had been a RN for 26 years and he stood out among the hundreds of doctors I had worked with over the years.
He cared for my niece, Charlee, when she was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He showed great poise and intellect and kindness. My family has spoken of him so highly over the years and we were saddened to learn of his passing.
We were blessed to know him~
The Heavenly Angels must have flown too fast over the clouds and broke a wing, and asked God to please send the very best Doctor to fix us up..... and God granted their wish.... Rest in peace and help the angels fly straight... as you soar with them.............. Mildred Yarborough
He was larger than life in more ways than one. Judy and the kids must be so proud of the legacy he left. We will all miss him.
May God continue to bless and keep the family in this difficult time.
*From the Switchboard operators at Memorial Health University Medical Center
I met Dr Ochsner on the worst day of our lives.(My wife and I) Our son was in a horrible motorcycle accident on July 18,2005. We were called by his staff to come to the ER. When we got there we were met by a head nurse and the Chaplin. When my wife and I saw the Chaplin we knew our son was gone. They took us to see our son and put us into a room with him and Dr Ochsner's staff stayed with us as family arrived. Dr Ochsner came in to speak to us, and even though we were in a haze I still remember how sincere and humble he was. He did every thing he could to save our son and was unable to do so. About a month later I called him, to thank him for trying so hard and having his staff do what ever we asked that horrible night. His first thought was I was a angry parent that wanted to blame the Dr. that wasn't the case.... South side EMS picked him up that night and did every thing they could and so did Dr.Ochsner. I had called to thank him for his efforts. I will never forget him and his family is in our prayers. This man truly cared for people. The world has lost a very dedicated Dr.
Our heartfelt condolences. He will be missed
Dr. Ochsner you will be missed by all who's life you touched.
Savannah and the state of Georgia will miss an excellent trauma surgeon. The surgeons of this state will miss the fellowship of a distinguished colleague.
Passing him in the hallways always gave me a sense of pride that he and I both work together.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
We have but faith: we cannot know;
For knowledge is of things we see;
And yet we trust it comes from thee,
A beam in darkness: let it grow. Tennyson
He was my faithful friend and brother for 30 years. The gift of life, he made it count. His death is precious in the sight of the Lord, his future… “a beam in the darkness: let it grow”. Jefferson, Rosanne, Nate, Gabe, & Hannah McKenney
Dr. O was a brilliant physician. I had the pleasure of caring for many of his patients as a nurse at Memorial. He was always teaching...never missed an opportunity to do so. He is a man that will be greatly missed--by all who knew him. God bless his family. May they find peace knowing he touched so many.
I was very privileged to have worked in trauma settings with Dr O. He taught me so much just from observation & listening. What a kind, loving physician & mentor. He truly cared for his patients & Memorial staff. He will be sorely missed.
A giant among men with a heart to match. He is dearly missed and the impact of this loss to our region, and Memorial family, has yet to be realized. Blessings upon his family and all of us. I'm thankful he was a part our our lives.
this loss to this region has yet to be
Godspeed Dr.Ochsner..our community is missing a brillant physician.
"May the Lord comfort the hearts of the Ochsner family during the time of this great loss. I am truly grateful for Dr. Ochsner, he was a part of the Trauma team that saved my son's life" ~. Vanessa G. AbDullah
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ochsner at Memorial and yes he was a wonderful surgeon and man. I pray that GOD gives his family strength.
Wow! What an obituary, you lived life to the fullest Dr. O! Most of us only dream of all your accomplishments! I only worked with you for five short years, but you were so inspiring and optimistic, never giving up on your patients, always wanting the best for them! I guess God called you home early, just couldn't stand to wait any longer. You will be greatly missed by all, prayers for your family going up, I know,it was way too soon!
I worked in the O.R. with Dr. Ochsner for seven years. Almost everyday and alot of nights. He always had patience with his residents and med. students. He will be missed greatly.
Praying for the Ochsner family to find comfort.
To the family of Dr. Ochsner he will truly be missed! With my deepest sympathy!
I had the great pleasure of working with Dr Oschner in the Operating Room at Memorial. I will always remember when the TV show trauma in the ER filmed us. He was so great and funny! My prayers go out to his wife and family. I will miss his voice of reason and how compassionate he was to his patients. I will miss him.
Dr. Ochsner, it was a pleasure, honor and a privilege working with you at MMC. You were an EXCELLENT surgeon and a great man. Kind, considerate and a great sense of humor. You are missed. My deepest sympathy to your family and to the MMC family. May the love of friends, family and the community that Dr. Ochsner has touched, carry you and your family through this difficult time.
Thoughts and prayers going out to the family.
I had the the pleasure and pride to work with Dr. Ochsner for close to 13 years in Memorial's ICUs. His presence is already sorely missed. He was truly an impressive human being.
I admired and remember him most for the deep level of concern and compassion he demonstrated for his patients and their families. Far above the average physician. Memorial and the Savannah community indeed have lost a great
physician and friend. Will miss his smiling face. Praying for peace and comfort for all family and friends.
l miss his smiling face
Praying for comfort and peace for all family and friends.
Prayers to the family as they go throught this difficult time. He will be missed by many but especially by his family. May God give you comfort and peace.
He will not go silent in the night but will be rembered with much love by those who knew him and worked with him.
Dr.Ocshner , I know you went to be with the Lord. This man save my son life. I thank you. My the Lord be with your family. He is a real caring person, There's no other doctor like him, He may not be replace. You will be missed. And not for gotten. My son is here today because of God and Dr. Ochsner . I wish i can meet his family face to face.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank You. My God rest his soul.
I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Ochsner, especially to Trey and Matthew in this difficult time of grief. You are both part of your remarkable father's legacy, and I know you will continue to follow his lead in all you do. May God bless you and your beautiful mother, granting you comfort in the knowledge that your father touched so many in so many meaningful ways. He truly made this world a better place for having been here. May he always be remembered with love and respect. I will keep you all in my prayers.
I met Dr. Ochsner 10 years ago while under his and the trauma teams care at Memorial. It was during this time that he, too, became one of my heros. He always had such a sweet, caring spirit. I am so sorry for your loss. It is my prayer that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time knowing he is not suffering any longer. This great man and doctor will truly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
I am grateful I had the privilege of learning from him while doing a residency with the Trauma and General Surgery Service with the Nurse Practitioners. He was an incredible educator and clinician. Prayers for peace to his family and colleagues.
I so enjoyed working with Dr.Ocshner at Memorial for 10 years...He was one of the greats! Always a pleasure to work with and great teacher. He will be missed. So cool to see his son starting medical school at Mercer and being able to observe and scrub right along with his Dad.
I first met Dr Ochsner when I came to USA almost 17 years ago. He impressed me then, and continued to do so. His very high standards of care, and compassion, serve as a much loved memory. Seeing him in action, at all hours, was always the same - VERY remarkable. What a blessing to Memorial and its patients in particular, and USA/the world as whole he was/is. Semper Fi. May the angels of the Lord wrap your family in their wings,as they travel the road of loss and grief. I thank them for allowing us to have you as such an inspiration. God Bless
Dr. Ochsner one of the first Dr's that treated me back on September 24, several years ago.I have yet to have the honor of meeting him face to face. My family has told me he was very compassionate and he went out of his way to keep them informed of my ups and downs.Please accept my sincere condolences, in your time of loss. He will be missed .May he rest in peace
Dr. Ochsner took care of me in the ER he was such a smart educated man. He would come in the room with a smile on his face and treated you like a person. You could always tell he really loved what he did and cared about each person he treated. God bless his family during this difficult time.
Throughout my time working at Memorial it was a pleasure and privilege to work with Dr Ochsner. The caring and compassion he showed to patients, families, and fellow team members was truly extraordinary. He pushed us all to do more, learn more, and be more, and for that I am truly grateful. I am a better therapist and person having known him....thank you Dr Ochsner! His legacy will live on through all the many lives he has touched. May God bless his family. Thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you during this most difficult time.
It was my pleasure and privilege to be one of Gage's running mates in residency and his friend for over thirty years. It was one of those strange things in life to find out that my wife Kathleen's first trip as a Navy medical programs recruiter was to participate in putting Judy into the Navy. There are very few people I know who lived life like Gage did--their speedometer buried on the peg, living life to the max while having time to thank all of his help after every case in the OR, spend an extra minute with his patients and spend time with his family. He left this side of life way too soon as some do and will be missed by me and many others. Kathleen and I send Gage's family and many friends and patients our thoughts and prayers.
I cannot express how much I loved working with Gage and knowing him as a leader and clinician. I am so sorry to lose him, but his memory lives on in our hearts daily. My sympathy to Judy and the family. Prayers on the wings of angels coming your way.
Dr. Ochsner taught me so much & challenged me as a nurse to provide the best care to our patients! Enjoyed working with Dr. Ochsner & will miss him! Praying for strength, peace & comfort for his family & all who will miss him greatly! Thankful for his life!
Thoughts and prayers to the family. He will be missed by many.
A pleasure to have known you, may you rest in peace. Prayers to your family.
A great man and icon for trauma surgery and Memorial is gone. My thoughts and prayers are with Judy and her sons.
Dr.Ochsner treated my husband upon arrival at Memorial after a bad motorcycle accident in '05. He was a very caring and excellent physician. Please know many people are saddened by his death.
Praying for his family,
Dr. Ochsner Has treated Me and many members of My Family over the years at Memorial Hospital E.R. and always showed how caring he was for his patients. Prayers & Thoughts for His Family.
God be with each of you in this time of sorrow; his legacy and legand will certainly live on, likely beyond all of us. He is, and will be missed. I hear his voice often, and attached a picture of his namesake here. Love to you all.
Touching obituary for an accomplished and admired surgeon. It's so nice to hear about his love for his family and his passions other than saving lives. Terribly sad loss for the Trauma community and his family - He will be truly missed.
He was an amazing and caring doctor. I've worked with him for 5 years. He also helped me with college papers. He will be missed and remembered. Praying for his family.
To the family of Dr Ochsner, I was able to work with this wonderful surgeon for 18 years at memorial hospital emergency dept, his dedication to patient care was unequaled and expected the same from his team. He will be greatly missed by myself and countless others that have learned from and worked with him
I met Dr. Ochsner 10 years ago while under his and the trauma teams care at Memorial. During this time he, too, became one of my heros. I will never forget his sweet, caring spirit. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you find peace during this difficult time knowing he is no longer suffering. This wonderful man and doctor will truly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
I was sorry to hear about Dr.Ochsner. I have worked at Memorial for many years and admired him greatly. My best wishes for his wife and family. My prayers are with you.
My prayers are with the Ochsner family,that God will comfort their hearts during this time of sorrow. Memorial has lost one of the finest .We will truly miss Dr Gage Ochsner.
Thank you for your service to this city and country and the countless lives you saved.
Dr. Ochsner will always be a hero and deeply appreciated and loved by our family. In January 2006 he treated our 17 year old daughter, Charlee, in the trauma unit. Her injuries were extensive. She spent 38 days at Memorial with him by her side. Today she is a 24 year old graduate of UGA living her dream in Dallas. Dr. Ochsner and his staff @ Memorial gave me my daughter back. We extend our sympathy to his family and friends....
Dr. Ochsner entered my life 18 years ago this month. He was my hero then, but in time became my friend. I am so blessed to have known him. What a gentle soul. I am simply heart broken.
Dear Judy and family,
My heart goes out to all of you. I was one of many who was part of the Memorial Health family for years. Whenever I would see you and Gage together you could feel the love you shared. My prayers and thoughts are with you. He left a wonderful legacy behind not only with all of you, but for Memorial Health.
In 2001, my son was critically injured in a car accident in SC. He was flown to Memorial by Lifestar, and Dr. Ochsner was one of the first doctors that we met. He was very compassionate, and went out of his way to keep us informed in all of Jason's ups and downs. Please accept my sincere condolences in your time of loss.....I know he will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers to the family. Dr. Ochsner and the surgical team 2 MMC took excellent care of my mom before she passed last year. I will never forget how Awesome he was in addition to be comppassionate and caring. Im deeply saddened to hear of his passing and I pray God's comfort, peace and understanding to the family... May God Rest His Soul in Perfect Peace
May God send you peace and understanding in your time of need. Dr Ochsner will be greatly missed at Savannah Surgical Group and Memorial Health. It was an honor to work with him.
I was fortunate to have Dr Ochsner on call when I was involved in a serious head-on collision with
numerous internal injuries. I will always be grateful to
him and the trauma staff at
Memorial Medical Center that
day. I was so blessed to have
those brilliant doctors available
to care for me. I will
be forever grateful for their
skills in caring for me. I am so sorry that the miracle was not
afforded to Dr. Ochsner in
return. Savannah has lost a brilliant surgeon.