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Arthur P. Wheeler

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Arthur P. Wheeler, MD, age 58 passed away December 17, 2015. Dr. Wheeler, son of Arthur Preston and Patricia Cecelia Kelly was born in Baltimore, MD. He attended undergraduate school (UMBC) and medical school (UMAB) at The University of Maryland. He moved to Nashville, TN in 1982 for residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and remained there for his entire professional career. He was Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit for 22 years. He had a prolific research career, primarily in the development of new treatments for adult respiratory distress syndrome through the ARDSnet Team, leading to improved survival for many patients. His greatest professional passion was teaching medical students, residents and particularly his team of advanced practice nurses. Dr. Wheeler had an uncanny ability to communicate and connect with patients and family members from all walks of life, setting them at ease in a very stressful situation. Outside of medicine, Art was devoted to his family, love of his life, wife Lisa and light of his life, sons Aaron and Eric. He became a private pilot with a true passion for flying always learning and improving his skills. He also enjoyed music, spending many happy nights in the excellent music venues of Nashville, particularly the Nashville Symphony's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Lisa Wheeler; sons, Aaron and Eric Wheeler all of Chapel Hill, TN; brother and sister in-law, Kerry & Cheryl Wheeler; nephews, Chad & Devin (Karleigh) Wheeler all of New Windsor, MD; family of the heart and second mom, Ella Nora Hoerl and her children and grandchildren all of Catonsville, MD; numerous colleagues, friends and his "150 daughters". A gathering of family and friends will take place 4-8PM Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra or the Art and Lisa Critical Care Research Fund, contact lisa.wheeler@vanderbilt.edu for details. WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 615-794-2289.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Dec. 19, 2015
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