Michael P. Ryan M.D.
1949 - 2020
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Michael P. Ryan MD

Indianapolis - Michael Patrick Ryan MD

71, of Indianapolis passed away October 13, 2020. He was born March 2, 1949 the son of the late Charles Treece and Rose Marie Ryan. Doctor Ryan was a 1971 graduate of Indiana University and a 1975 graduate of the Indiana University Medical School. He was a professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and was a doctor of internal medicine at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center where he impacted many future physicians through the teaching clinics and ward rotations. Teaching and interacting with his patients was his true calling. He cared deeply about each individual person and selflessly dedicated his time and knowledge to both patients and students. Dr. Ryan loved bicycle riding, RV camping with friends, I.U. basketball and soccer and was a life long dog lover and owner. He had a special place in his heart for his lap dog Harley who will be awaiting the possibility of infinite snuggles at the end of the rainbow bridge. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Candice Ryan; daughter, Tristyn Ryan; brother, Timothy Ryan and his wife Frances Hollowell-Ryan. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday October 16, 2020 at Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Humane Society or the Indiana University Foundation in honor of Dr. Michael P. Ryan.






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Published in The Indianapolis Star from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
HE was my inspiration to go into endocrinology. He will be missed
R Dwivedi
Student
October 19, 2020
Dr. Ryan was very sincere and dedicated to his patients and those he taught. He was amazingly knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge. I enjoyed working with him at the VA medical center, and always anticipated with delight when he would be on service for an in patient team. He was a firm and wonderful man. I'll never forget the day when in a meeting with the entire medical team I'd said something that didn't set well with him. He looked up and asked me, "Are we confused about who's in charge here?"
I count it a privilege to have known him and remember fondly the many conversations we had about personal philosophies and values as well as the medical issues we were attending. I had always hoped I'd have the opportunity to see and converse with him again.
To the family, I send my deepest condolences and have been praying for you all.
Deb Phelps
Coworker
October 18, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Jessica Achenbach Snow
October 17, 2020
I am very sorry to hear of Dr. Ryan's passing. He is perhaps the most memorable attending I worked with during my Internal Medicine rotations at IUSM over 10 years ago - I remember clearly how he was at once so impressive and yet equally likeable and warm. His extensive knowledge and effective teaching style were an inspiration, making me want to always keep learning and improving as a physician. I can only imagine the scope of his impact on generations of students, residents, colleagues and the patients he cared about so much. My heartfelt sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.
Kristen Bendinger
Student
October 17, 2020
Dr. Michael P. Ryan was an outstanding physician practicing and teaching the art and science of Medicine/Endocrinology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was an important participant in the administration of the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis serving as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education. He was well liked by his colleagues, students, hospital staff. Dr. Ryan helped this VAMC attain the high regard for its programs and patient care within the national system of VA hospitals. He will be missed and remembered often.
James V. Faris, MD (VAMC Chief of Staff 1983 to 1996)
James V. Faris, MD
Coworker
October 17, 2020
Seems impossible. Such a genuine and compassionate person. One of my favorites.
Mark Bickers
Student
October 16, 2020
I will truly miss Dr.Ryan both as a patient and co worker
merigail anderson
Coworker
October 16, 2020
As a patient of Dr. Ryan's, with an appointment scheduled with him for next week, it is beyond belief that he will not be there. I cherish his memory as one of the kindest and attentive doctors I have ever had, and can still remember him telling me the story of his little dog getting loose (a couple of years ago?) and how Dr. Ryan took a tumble in the process of chasing Harley. We sat there and just talked about how wonderful and special of a dog the Shih Tsu was, and how easily the little fur baby could just take your heart away. Still sore from the fall, he said maybe he should see a doctor and we laughed. Thank you, Sir, for the exceptional care. I always told people how lucky I thought I was because he was my doctor, and I always would add that I believed him to be the best of the best at our V.A. medical center.
Rev. Pamela S. Forney
Acquaintance
October 16, 2020
Mike was a true friend, colleague, and one of my favorite teachers. His dry wit and honestly felt interest in my well-being were so deeply appreciated. I will miss him always.
Samir Gupta
Friend
October 16, 2020
I knew Mike as a trusted and respected colleague at the VA for roughly 30 years, with whom I enjoyed interacting, and was very sad to hear that he will not enjoy a well-earned retirement. I send condolences to his family in this difficult time.
Ian Dowdeswell
Coworker
October 16, 2020
As the clinic pharmacist, I worked with Dr. Ryan for over 10 years. During that time I knew Dr. Ryan to be a Physician of impeccable integrity, compassion, and principle. He unselfishly shared his incredible knowledge with patients and staff alike. I feel that I am a better person in having the opportunity of working with him. My deepest sympathies to the family, he will be missed.
David Henderson
Coworker
October 16, 2020
I knew Dr. Ryan as a student, as a trainee, and then as a physician colleague. It feels to me that it was just yesterday that I last saw him working at the VA. He was a paragon of what an academic physician should be. He will be missed.
AJ
Coworker
October 16, 2020
When I was Chief Resident many years ago, a recurring issue for me was arbitrating between residents fighting to be scheduled with Dr Ryan on his VA inpatient rotations. It is not difficult to understand why he was universally beloved and admired. A one-of-a-kind person, superbly gifted doctor and educator, selfless advocate for patients and his learners, who treated everyone with respect and compassion, and helped you find your way. I will miss our free-wheeling conversations, invariably imbued with his sharp wit and insight. Thank you Mike for everything, but above all, for being you.
Charles J Kahi
Coworker
October 16, 2020
His bedside manner, leadership skills and clinical pearls will continue to live on in us as his past trainees.
Samuel Urrutia
Student
October 15, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Ryan family. Michael’s loss is a tremendous loss for all of us at the VA and the Department of Medicine- we have lost a true role model. And it’s a much deeper and tougher loss for the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May he Rest In Peace.
Nabil F Fayad
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Dr. Ryan was a phenomenal educator, physician and human being. He will be greatly missed.
Daniel Hugenberg
Student
October 15, 2020
I will always fondly remember my trips to Dr. Ryan's clinic at the VA. He was a tremendous role model and a joy to work with. He always stood out to me as an exemplar for outpatient care and I was never surprised to see him getting recognition for his terrific teaching. Sad to hear of his passing, but so happy to have gotten to work with him.
Burke Mamlin
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Dr. Ryan was a trusted and encouraging mentor to my wife and I during our residency years and as young attendings. I was able to get to know Dr. Ryan very well during my year as ambulatory chief resident. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Kevin Tolliver
October 15, 2020
Dr Ryan was a compassionate physician, a patient teacher, an effective leader, and an inspiring role model. It was an honor to work with him and learn from his wisdom. He will be greatly missed.
Bozorgmehr Ouranos
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Dr. Ryan left a remarkable legacy of clinical care of our nation's heroes, and training of a great many doctors! We are very grateful for the impact he had had.
David Matthews
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Dr. Ryan was a tremendous physician, educator, and leader. I echo Jimmy in honoring him as the foundation of our Green Team practice and lineage of docs and teachers, supportive and wonderful to all the chiefs and residents. He has left a legacy to be proud of. Deepest sympathies to the family and all who loved him
Cassidy Overpeck
Coworker
October 15, 2020
It was a pleasure working with Dr. Ryan in the resident clinic at the VA hospital. He was a wonderful mentor and helped greatly shape the physician I am today. His legacy of excellent patient care and compassion will surely live on. I was so sorry to hear of his passing today, but I’m thankful that his furry doggy companion is waiting for him!
Nicole Randall
Student
October 15, 2020
Best Doctor ever. Thank you, I will always remember Dr. Ryan.
William Lucid
Friend
October 14, 2020
Mike was my mentor and friend for much of the past 10 years of my career. I was so lucky to have served under him as a chief resident 7 years ago and later a partner as we shared inpatient and outpatient responsibilities together as partners at the VA. My uncle was a fellow resident (Jim Bingle) and spoke of Mike very highly from the time he and Mike worked together in the mid 70s. I called my mom when Mike passed and expressed to her one of life’s great lesson that she started teaching me years ago and I learned more fully under his direction...how to be a selfless leader. Mike was so influential to every single graduate of the IU IM residency program and thousands more students however he was the master at staying behind the scenes and helping you discover your own inner strength. I was sitting with Mike last week at work and jokingly but very seriously called him The Godfather of the Indy VA. It was through him that we have all of our teaching initiatives and amazing jobs! I could tell endless stories about the incredible influence he was in my life and every day we worked together what a thrill it was talking about cycling, Bball, or the fact that he knew exactly where the patient was from because he rode his bike past their house and then went geocaching... My heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, daughter, brother, and sister-in-law. Mike was pure gold! I messaged one of his former residents today and let him know that we were from the Mike Ryan coaching/teaching tree and it was our responsibility to keep his legacy alive through how we help teach the future generation. Mike your legacy is safe. In my mind you are cycling again and able to tackle those hills of southern Indiana again with your Four legged friend back at your side! Much love from all the IU/VA family! Jimmy Hotz
Jimmy Hotz
Coworker
October 14, 2020
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Shannon Wheeler
October 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss ! We know you loved him fiercely Tristyn
Stacy Gillen
Friend
October 14, 2020
Candy -I’m so sorry. Many thoughts and prayers. Dave Nagel
Dave Nagel
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