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EHRLICH--Michael Gary,

M.D. (September 4, 1939-July 21, 2018) Michael Gary Ehrlich, M.D., a pioneering Orthopedic surgeon and beloved teacher, father and friend passed away on July 21, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Born and raised in the Bronx, he was a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Dartmouth College, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. From 1972-1990 he was the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. For almost the next three decades he served as the Chairman of Orthopedics at both Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals. He was the recipient of countless honors and awards over the course of his career, including the Milton W. Hamolsky, M.D. Outstanding Physician of the Year and the President's Pursuit of Excellence Lifetime Champion Award in 2015. He was known for his tireless work ethic, signature bow ties, wry sense of humor and love of sailing. His legacy will live on through the countless students he mentored, the numerous medical teaching and research facilities that bear his name and the Michael G. Ehrlich, M.D. Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Research. He will also be remembered by the literally thousands of patients whose lives he touched as their physician. He leaves behind his two sons, Christopher and Timothy, their wives, Sara and Isabella and five grandchildren. The Michael G. Ehrlich, M.D. Fund for Orthopedic Research has been established to support his lifelong passion and commitment to medicine. Please consider a contribution to the fund via the Rhode Island Foundation www.rifoundation.org

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Published in New York Times on Jul. 23, 2018.
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February 19, 2019
So sad to hear i had just learned he passed he was a wonderful Dr he did and amazing job on my daugther 6 hr hip surgery shes 11 now and u couldnt tell she had anything done! Rest in peace! for the family! Thank you Dr Ehrlich foreverything you have done!
December 4, 2018
I just found out this evening that Dr Ehrlich had passed away. He was one of my customers at Mills Tavern. I very much enjoyed getting to know him over these years, I will miss seeing him
November 25, 2018
I found out recently you had passed. I've been trying to compose a note that conveys the love respect and the many thank yous for your hands on my daughter Christy That enabled her to walk. Christy was born with 11 birth defects and a beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes. 2 doctors performed surgery on her legs but she still couldn't walk. You were in the hallway as I spoke to the second doctor. You said you could help her. You did surgery and she took her first steps when she was 8. She is now 33. We all appeared on the Children's Miracle Network. You said on the telethon sitting next to Christy that sometimes doctors give up on kids like Christy because they have so many defects and retardation. You gave Christy a quality of life she never would have had. She played tball, swims, walks, rides an adapted bike, goes to church, went to the prom and graduated from the same high school I did. She is happy. A contributing member of a small group home with 4 other young ladies. She learned to sign enough to have her needs met. And because she can walk she can use the ladies room on her own. You gave us so much life in our home along with her brother and sister. We will never forget you!! You performed miracles. Bless you and thank you oh so much.
Barbara Rich
August 21, 2018
I am so sorry to see this. Micheal was not only my teacher at MGH, he was my friend. I am sad to see him go. Hope he finds a squash court wherever he is.
Sean O'Connor
July 31, 2018
I was speechless when I heard about the great loss of my former boss, Michael Ehrlich. We recently reconnected. I remember many of his patients, Bobby Bent, Yvonne Ponte and many more. He had an amazing sense of humor and a tremendous compassion for the sick and suffering. God bless you, Dr. E.
anne nichols
July 29, 2018
Throughout the years Dr. Ehrlich crossed my mind. I always hoped to see him in passing and thank him for being my doctor all those years ago. I was one of his pediatric patients & I never forgot who he was & what he had done for me beginning in 1991. This morning I woke up thinking of him hoping to send an email & ask him for guidance & hopefully some answers on any new technology that may help me live a more productive life. When my google search led me here I was crushed. I never got to say thank you. He was a big part of my childhood & I missed the opportunity to simply say thank you. To his wife if she ever reads this Mrs. Ehrlich, thank you for sharing your husband with the world. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years. I believe every great man has an even greater woman by his side. My condolences to you & your family. Sending love and prayers. Thank you. Thank you from the 7 year old little girl Dr. Ehrlich helped walk & live better. The world was a better place with him in it.
Elizabeth DaRosa
July 27, 2018
Rest in peace, Doctor. Sending my condolences to all who knew him. I am able to walk due to his care at MGH, and I am forever grateful!!
July 26, 2018
God bless Dr. Ehrlich. We brought our two year old daughter to the good doctor. His diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy was devastating but, he added that all my kids walk. And she did with his good counsel and my wife's heroic following of his detailed PT directions. My daughter, now in her 30s, is a business professional who travels the world and carries herself with confidence. Thank you, Dr. Ehrlich.
Bill Proposki
July 26, 2018
Dr. Ehrlich was my orthopedic surgeon for 13 years throughout that time every time I had to see him for a visit he always would make me laugh. I always just remember him talking into that tape recorder. And the bow ties!! He was always so thoughtful on time I went for a check up around Christmas time and I wanted to get him a gift so my mom took me to pick out a bow tie, he was so happy when he opened it. I also wrote a paper on him in high school about how he was my hero. Also, he is part of the reason I am going to school to become a nurse! No doctor will ever compare to Dr. Ehrlich I look up to him, he will inspire me still everyday, and will always be my hero!!
Katlyn Perez
July 25, 2018
Dr Ehrlich changed my life forever when he rebuilt my legs as a child to address my condition of severe anti-version of the hips. Many doctors told my parents that my condition would be lifelong. Without his genius and determination, I likely would not have walked. He was a gift from God to all who had the fortune to be treated by him. I have never forgotten his kind manner and his devotion to me as a patient and I will continue to send blessings to his family and to heaven above where he is without a doubt, in comfort and peace.
Crissy Dailey (Flanagan)
July 25, 2018
Dr. Ehrlich fixed my son's Perthes. My son adored him- started with him at age 3. Nate is now 16, 6'3, a swimmer and tennis player. We owe it to this wonderful man . Condolences to his family.
Candie Machata
July 25, 2018
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Ehrlich while working as a Financial Advocate at the MOC at RIH back in 2007. Every morning Dr. Ehrlich would walk through the office and say good morning with a smile on his face. I remember when we would joke, his laughter or his chuckles. He was always such a kind man. I have missed working with a Dr. like him, he showed compassion for his patients and his staff and that showed. Thoughts and prayers to his family. I am thankful for having had the pleasure of having met Dr. Michael G. Ehrlich.
Miriam Taveira
July 24, 2018
I was a resident of Mike's at the MGH in the late 70's and practiced pediatric orthopaedics with him until he left for Brown. I had the utmost respect and admiration for Michael and always looked forward to my visits to Providence and seeing him and Nancy at meetings. He was a great friend and colleague and will be dearly missed! Mark
Mark Gebhardt
July 24, 2018
Started working with Dr Erlich in 1998, he always treated me with respect and was always genuinely concerned for his patients. He was a great man, a great surgeon and a great friend.
I will miss him
James Bolton
James Bolton
July 24, 2018
One of my best friends in medical school, always showed promise and intellect and was brutally honest when it came to knowledge and self-awareness
Peter Muehlbauer
July 24, 2018
Dr. Ehrlich was tireless, compassionate and relentless in his care of my granddaughter who has club feet and was/is accident prone.

He always laughed as he examined my granddaughter's latest "boo-boo" and said in his clear New York accent, "What were you thinking?" I'll miss him. He was one of the last real life "Marcus Welbys".

The angels are in your waiting room, Dr. Ehrlich.
Garry Armstrong
July 24, 2018
My Condolences to Dr. Enrlich and his family. Michel Consiglio
Michael Consiglio
July 24, 2018
As a glassmate at P&S Michael was always impressive, caring, brilliant.We both worked on the 63 yearbook. He was a friend and. Colleague. We also shared a great interest in politics and history and I remember our political arguments at nite in the Bard Hall dorm. He was a great friend in those important years. My deepest condolences to his family. Robert Burd 63 P&S.
July 24, 2018
May you celebrate a life well lived and cherish the memories created over the years you spend together. Please find comfort and peace and accept God's loyal love because he cares for you. Psalms 103:8
July 24, 2018
I am so sorry for the passing of this great man and doctor. My daughter had three surgeries performed by him for her club feet and he never ceased to amaze me. One time, he was on crutches when I brought her into the operating room. I thought he was doing it for her benefit to show her how easy crutches were to use. He laughed and said that he had torn his meniscus while bike riding over the weekend and he truly needed them! When he was getting the Chair at Brown, we were part of the video and we have a copy as a remembrance of our time with him. Rest in peace, Dr. Ehrlich, and know that you helped so many do so much more than they ever thought possible.
Patricia Crenca
July 24, 2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. E, as I called him. He was a brilliant funny man. My heart goes out to his family he will truly be missed. Much love to you all.
Lori , his cleaning lady
July 24, 2018
May you fly high with the angels, sir. You were loved and will be missed.
Sandra Kraus
July 24, 2018
May the God of comfort and peace continue to be with family and friends to see you through this difficult time. Hosea 13:14
July 24, 2018
I am so sorry to see that Dr. Ehrlich has passed away. He performed many orthopedic surgeries on my 35 year old son, Brendan, when he was growing up. He, through the grace of God, is responsible for Brendan being able to walk. He insisted on seeing Brendan into his young adult years because he did not trust any other doctor to work on Brendan's feet and was concerned that if anyone did that amputation of his foot might be necessary. He was a kind, caring doctor who listened to his patients and was world-renowned in the work he did, God bless Dr. Ehrlich and his family, his patients, and all the doctors and researchers he mentored! Jeanne Behie
July 23, 2018
So sorry to hear this news. I was his Administrative Assistant for many years and knew first hand all the children he helped from all over the world. He was a passionate man and will be truly missed by all. My condolences to the entire family.
Brenda Castiglioni
July 23, 2018
I was an employee of University Orthopedics for many years and had the opportunity to get to know this wonderful man. May he rest in peace. My condolences to the Ehrlich family.
Sue Nelson
July 23, 2018
Dr. Ehrlich, your penultimate lecture during the 1993 Sports Medicine Symposium at RIH was some of the funniest material I've ever heard. You absolutely stole the show. Even the keynote speaker Joe Theismann was impressed!
Mary E. Palmer, MD
July 23, 2018
To The Family and Friends of Dr. Ehrlich,

My deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful man. Dr. Ehrlich was and will always be someone I owe so much to and will forever treasure. I have a very rare disability and he was the only doctor that was willing to do surgeries on me. Without his hands, his intelligence, and his passion to help others I do not know where I would be without him. May he always know how much others cherished and respected him. Thank you Dr. Ehrlich for enhancing my life and giving me the gift of being able to walk.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Christina Battista
Christina Battista
July 23, 2018
Dear Ehrlich Family,

Your Dad's passing is a loss for all who knew him. My interactions with him were limited to a few Brown Medical School meetings. Even in these settings, he was thoughtful, kind and funny. An impressive man, he always put me at ease in dealings with him.

After reading all the tributes, it is clear that he lived fully and generously.

May your memories and his example of how to use the gift of life bring you peace in your grief,
Christine Biron
July 23, 2018
Forever grateful for the surgeries he did on my son Justin Shaw over the years... one lasted more than 10 hours. He operated on him three times and gave him every opportunity to tray to learn to walk despite Justin's severe disabilities he never treated him as a lesser patient because of his disability. A true physician from the heart. Thank you Dr. Ehrlich for your years of dedication to my son who passed away last year at 37..

Sherrie Collins
July 23, 2018
Dr. Ehrlich was my mentor from 1993 to 1995 when I was a fellow with him, first at Rhode Island Hospital, then at Hasbro when it opened during my tenure there. I imagine he would see me as a member of the empire that he built, consisting of fellows who graduated, then went on to practice Pediatric Orthopedics in the New England area to carry on his name and his legacy. It was truly an honor to be associated with him. More than teaching me how to perform surgery, he taught me how to think critically, and look for the hidden signs that might make a child's condition or diagnosis more apparent. That constant effort to teach his students how to think was almost despite himself. His favorite saying was "If I wanted a resident who could think, I would have hired someone from Internal Medicine". But he knew the truth. He created generations of Orthopedic Thinkers, not just Orthopedic Surgeons. His legacy will live on for many years. And we are all grateful for that.
Errol Mortimer
July 23, 2018
Dear Christopher, Tim and families,
I have been incredibly fortunate to work along side Your dad and I am truly saddened by his passing. Your father was a exceptional physician, intense researcher, great leader and incredibly funny friend. It has been my pleasure to work with him and I will miss his guidance, wisdom and quick wit. May you find comfort knowing he was greeted at heaven's gate by your lovely Mom and an infinite amount of angels. May you embrace the love of family and friends and know how deeply your loss is felt by all. With love, sympathy and friendsip, Sandy DeAngelis and family.
Sandy Deangelis
July 23, 2018
Errol Mortimer
July 23, 2018
Dear Chris and Sara,
On Behalf of everyone at The Rivers School we want to express our condolences on the loss of your dad. What a long and distinguished career and life he had. We hope the memories of those days when he was active and vibrant give you comfort and peace going forward. Peace to you all.

The Rivers School
July 23, 2018
So sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Ehrlich. He was not only an amazing doctor/surgeon but a wonderful, caring, funny and compassionate person. He did a full bone reconstruction of one of my daughters clubbed feet and actually saved her from losing the foot. I am forever greatful to him and will miss him dearly. I'll never forget his in office recordings of the visit which were humorous and sometimes hysterical. R.I.P. Dr. Ehrlich we will miss you.
Sandy Kraus
July 23, 2018
My condolences to the family. The doctor helped many and for his kind care will be remembered. I'm sorry for your loss. A neighbor
July 23, 2018
Dr Ehrlich was an amazing man. He cared for our daughter, Kelsey, for many years. He not only cared for Kelsey's orthopedic issues but cared about her as a whole person. We loved and respected Dr Ehrlich so much! Kelsey would never have walked if it wasn't for him! Thank you Dr Ehrlich! You will be missed.
Chyleene and Jack O'Connor
July 23, 2018
To the loving sons and their wives of Michael Ehrlich as they mourn the death of their father. The God of all comfort will give you the strength and courage you need to endure this period oif mourning Matthew 5:4
July 22, 2018
My deepest sympathies to your family. Dr.Ehrlich was always the same wonderful person- knowing him from childhood at NBYC and then getting to see him at our patient's bedsides as a Hasbro nurse. I am a better nurse for having known him.
Karen (Melo) Perry
July 22, 2018
As a patient, Dr. Ehrlich was one of the toughest doctors I ever had. He pushed me to do my best, and even on the days I disappointed him, he still stood by my side. Hearing of his passing brought tears to my eyes. Had it not been for this man, I wouldn't be walking today. Rest In Peace, Dr. Ehrlich.
Steph R
July 22, 2018
Dear Christopher, Tim, Isabella & Sarah,
Though we have never met, I worked with your Mom for several years at RIH PHP. She shared so many stories of love and affection- I feel like I know you all.
I'm am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. We had the pleasure of not only getting to know your Dad through your Mom, but also when our son unfortunately broke his arm. He was compassionate, kind and had a great sense of humor.
Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.
May their love and legacy live on in each of you.
The Winsor Family
July 22, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Dr. Ehrlich's passing he was truly an amazing man and a wonderful physician and loved so much by his patients. I worked for University Orthopedics for 16 years. When I say he was loved by his patients is an understatement. Dr. Ehrlich will be truly missed.
Wanda Collins
July 22, 2018
Deepest condolences to Dr. Ehrlich's family, friends and colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the medical community and humanity, but he will live on through his contributions and research fund.
Katherine Edwards
July 22, 2018
So sorry to hear about Dr. Ehrlich's passing. I was a patient of his in the late 1980's and I'm forever grateful for all that he did to save my back at such a young age. His personality and humor is something I'll never forget. My condolences are sent to your family. You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend. ❤
Kristen Flower
July 22, 2018
So sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Ehrlich. He was an amazing man and physician. I have worked for University Orthopedics for 22 years and he was the heart and soul of our company. He will be greatly missed!
Jill Goldstein
July 22, 2018
I sure will miss you Dr. Ehrlich. I had the pleasure of working with you, but most importantly becoming your friend. I will always remember the time I picked you up for an important Orthopedic meeting and it was pouring raining. Only umbrella I had in my car was my son's Thomas the Train one!! Yes! We walked and chuckled under the kid umbrella! Thanks for touching my life and all of the people around you. Also, I will always recall you teaching me all about Providence, the short cuts, which building was for what and the history behind it.
Rest in peace with the lovely Nancy.
Brandi Laporte
July 22, 2018
it is with great sorrow to learn of the doctor's passing. i will always be thankful of all he did for my daughter, Nicole. Thoughts and prayers. Kathy Lawson
July 22, 2018
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Him at UOI for many years. He was a great Doctor! He will be missed.
Nancy Boudreau
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