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Gregory Max

Engel, M.D.

Gregory Max Engel, M.D., was born on April 20, 1948, in Seattle, Washington to parents Virginia and August Engel. He was joined eight years later by his little sister, Debbie. Greg's love of baseball flourished at Rainier Beach High School, where he was the star pitcher. He continued his studies at the University of Washington, majoring in Zoology and Oceanography, and his ambidexterity helped him become collegiate handball champion. After college, Greg attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. Greg welcomed his first child, Gregory "Max" in 1977. Two years later, Greg started his private practice, Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians, where he developed his passion for healing patients while making them his friends. In 1980, Greg's second child, Madeline, was born. Greg continued practicing in Bellevue for 35 years, and served as Chief of Staff at Overlake Hospital from 2009-2010. In 2012, he went on medical leave to undergo a bilateral lung transplant while battling idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Greg lived many lifetimes in the course of 64 years. He loved to ski on water and snow, he hiked throughout the Cascades, summitted every volcanic peak in the Pacific Northwest, and rode his bike around Mt. Rainier and from Seattle to Portland. Greg adventured all over the world, including fly-fishing in remote Alaska, going on safari in Africa, skiing every resort in the western United States, and SCUBA diving in Fiji, Belize, and the Great Barrier Reef. He also loved his hometown and avidly attended Seattle sporting events with his friends and son, Max. Greg's greatest love, however, was his family, which included his relatives, friends, and patients. He was never happier than when he was helping someone he loved.

Greg passed away on December 6, 2012, due to complications from a bilateral lung transplant. He is survived by his children Gregory "Max" Engel, Jr. (Elisa) and Madeline Engel (Ryan Rourke). Greg's family is so grateful to his care providers at the University of Washington Medical Center, especially his transplant team, physical therapists, and the nursing staff in the cardio-thoracic ICU, all of whom fought alongside Greg for nearly four months.

A service will be held on December 16, 2012 at 3pm at First Presbyterian in Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, condolences can be made to the Gregory Max Engel Memorial Fund at Overlake Hospital.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15, 2012.
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December 5, 2019
Funny how some people just leave a huge on you & Greg Engel, Dr Greg Engel, you were one of those people. So many times I think of you during the month that have gone by, when I think of you usually my husband is too. We miss you deeply still
Erin Kearney
November 28, 2015
Almost 3 years since he left us. Hardly a day goes by that I don't smile with some hilarious memory. 19 years of taking X-rays and removing casts and stitches in the office, I compare every job to this one, it was by far the most challenging and the most rewarding I'll ever have. Our patients were our family. How fortunate I was! I loved every one of them.
Greg, not only did you patiently teach me tons about Orthopedics, which is now my true passion, but you allowed me much independence. I'm forever grateful.
You challenged me often and made me laugh always. Your quick wit is so missed.
I know you smile as you watch over those adorable grand babies. And that you're very proud of Max and Madeline.
Til we meet again
Susan Jankord
Susan Jankord
October 17, 2015
Doctor Engel was such a kind man and skillful doctor. I broke my foot in 2007 and he fixed it, no surgery needed. I feel lucky to have met him and forever grateful to be up and running. I remember I was so scared and he had such a upbeat personality that soon I was laughing. I am forever thankful for that. now, Doctor"s big smile is with G-d. RIP -Vlada
January 17, 2014
I just heard about Dr. Engel's passing from a friend. Its been six years since I left OHMC, . I worked in ICU, & I would see Dr Engel often when he came to see his patients. He fixed my sprained ankle telling me to just come up to the surgery suite. No office call. Just because he was that way. One of nicest Dr's. I had the pleasure to know. I was so sadden to hear of his passing. You will truly be missed. ??
Sylvia Meier
January 16, 2014
Dr. Engel performed my second knee surgery at Overlake. After I told him of the horror story I had at Steven's, (back then), he surprised me with a private room. This is just one of my pleasant memories of Dr. Engel. I will miss you, Greg!
Sharon/Sherry Lehr
June 13, 2013
I just learned of Dr. Engels death. He performed 3 surgeries for me and I never met a more enjoyable doctor. A great man has been lost.
John MacPherson
June 11, 2013
I really enjoyed his motivation and inspiration he gave me when my left knee was rebuilt from him from a soccer play. I am quite sad to learn of his passing and he will be missed. - Luke 206-310-9800
Luke Thometz
June 10, 2013
As the wife of a former patient of Dr. Engel's I am saddened to hear of his passing and am sorry that we were not able to attend his service. He was a caregiver in every sense of the word. Very admirable in his skillset, and very comforting in his kind words to set the patient's mind at ease. He will truly be missed I hope that his family receives comfort knowing how many lives he helped!
June 7, 2013
Both Linda and I were deeply saddened to hear of Doc Engel's death. Both of us have had multiple surgeries by Greg and have had the best of care each time. My knee replacement is 10 years old as of this August and my recovery was exceptional. Linda had both shoulder and knee surgery, both which were totally outstanding.
Doc had a great, sometimes wry, way about him that made him human and gave patients a great deal of confidence in his expertise. He impacted our lives tremendously and we'll miss him greatly.
Jim and Linda Gough
April 6, 2013
We just learned of Greg's passing and felt an instant sadness. He was one of the few doctors we actually looked forward to an having an appointment with. We were most appreciative of his integrity and desire to try the least invasive treatments first. And most importantly, he made us laugh and laugh! His laughter was medicine in itself. We considered him our physician and our friend.

Our deepest sympathy to his children, who of course bear the biggest void.
Susan & Carey Curelop
March 10, 2013
Dr. Engel, was a great doctor, and a great man. All who knew him will so miss him.WE ALL LOVE YOU.Debbie Bernier
Debbie Bernier
January 9, 2013
My sympathy to family and colleagues.
Louise Dunn
January 9, 2013
My sympathy to the family.
Louise Dunn
January 9, 2013
Memories of Greg go back to the 70's playing softball on the Overlake Hospital team. I recall that he could hit the ball a mile!! Later on Greg was my surgeon for several knee procedures I had. My condolences to his family.
Dave Powers
January 7, 2013
I was stunned into choking tears when logging on the BB&J website today, to see Dr. Engel's photo flashing with the news that he had passed on. My heart breaks for his two children and their families, that are left without their father, who appears to have had a positive influence on many lives. In 1989 Dr. Engel repaired my ACL blowout and when I returned two years after that to have a meniscus repair, he was very pleased with his work! He was such a cool doctor and I am so very thankful to have known him and that I found him to repair my knee. During my recovery I loved his sense of (dry) humor and to this day can remember his sideways glance with that slight grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye. When I returned recently, to BB&J office, I was shocked to find out he wasn't there and had been in critical care at UW for months. I regret that I didn't post on his blog so that he could read my words of thanks for all that he did for me. And now that I am facing a double knee replacement, not due to anything that doctor did, of course :), I'm beside myself at who to find to do that for me. It never occurred to me that Dr. Engel wouldn't be there, in that nice little office in Bellevue.... but poof, a dear soul is gone. He will be missed and my heartfelt condolences go out to his family... With Love, Peggy Sue (a former patient and a person that lost a father a year ago)
Peggy Babunovic
January 3, 2013
Thank you for working with the University of Washington building our newborn daughter a styroform diaper forcing her to make her own hip sockets over 33 years ago and allowing her to be able to cheerlead,be on the swim team,and dance team. Over the past 33 years you have helped and done surgery on all our family members. You will be greatly missed.
Bonnie Scott
December 29, 2012
Thank you, Greg, for your smile, laughter, expertise and honesty during the 20 yrs you helped me and my family keep moving w/o pain. I hope your love surrounds your family and keeps them strong as well.
Blessings to you all.
Cindy Pursel
December 28, 2012
So very sad to hear of Dr. Engel's passing. My husband and I have been so very fortunate to have been in his care for both of our bi-lateral surgeries and my husband's hip replacement. You will always be in our hearts as the one who really cared about his patients; called after we returned home to see how we were doing and would take that extra few minutes to answer my questions. Our condolences to your family and loved ones. You will be missed.
Jeff & Diane Salter
December 27, 2012
Dear, dear Greg - You cut on me 4 times and were always my favorite doc. You will be GREATLY missed. After my last Engel surgery only 2 short years ago, I can barely believe you are gone. May God rest your soul. Tearfully and with love . . .
Arthel Burkland
December 26, 2012
Greg (aka Dr. Engel) was one of my favorite people. He was always so encouraging and positive, and he always made it clear that he believed in me. He always encouraged me to improve my life, to help my family improve their lives and he made me want to just be better, and I will always appreciate that. I am forever grateful for his kind words and I am quite proud to have known him. He did a lot of good for a lot of people and he will be missed by many, I'm sure - I know I will. My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family. All my best to a good man.

Most sincerely,
Troy Nelson
on behalf of The Nelson Family (Greg, Cathy and Leia)
Troy Nelson
December 20, 2012
It saddens my heart to hear of Dr. Engel's passing. My heart is heavy for your great loss. He was a very special individual with a passion for life and people. I count it a privilege to have known him and to have been treated by him for many years. May the peace of God that passes understanding be your comfort at this time.
Barbara Johnson
December 20, 2012
On behalf of the staff at the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation we offer our deepest condolences to the Engel family. While this is a difficult time, please know that as a foundation we can offer support and information to your family as you move forward. We sincerely hope you will join the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in the fight to permanently eliminate this disease.
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
December 19, 2012
We were devastated to hear of Greg's passing. We first became acquainted when our boys played summer ball together and remained friends from then on. Later, Greg worked on our son Danny's knee, as well as a knee replacement for my husband Jim. Max and Madeline, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Linda and Jim Johnson
December 19, 2012
We are very saddened by this news. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family. We pray to God to keep Dr. Engel in the care and comfort of His Divine Providence
Samia and Suzette Madson
December 19, 2012
I first met Greg when our sons played baseball for the Curtis team many years ago. When my poor old knee could handle no more surgeries I turned to Greg for replacement surgery. He changed my life. I was golfing 5 weeks post-op and the envy of every one of my friends who have had replacements since I've had not one day of pain since. He was a genius and with a great sense of humor. We've lost a treasure. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Jim Johnson
December 19, 2012
Oh my heart breaks for this news! He was the nicest man and the greatest doctor I have ever had! He truly cared about helping people and that was evident fromt he first time I met him. He made me feel like i was the most important person to him and i know every patient that came into his life most certainly was made to feel that way as well. My sympthies to the family and to his work family. Dr. Engel will truly be missed.
Julie Schenck
December 18, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to Greg's loved ones. I've known Greg since we started seventh grade together at Rainier Beach Jr/Sr High School. He was my doctor as well as my son's and husband's. He will be greatly missed.
Patty Conrard
December 17, 2012
My deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Engel. His passion for life, and his craft, came through in every visit in his office and he will be missed.
Charlie McCarthy
December 17, 2012
Galloping senility helped me to put the wrong funeral date in my calendar, so I'm sorry to have missed Greg's funeral.
I remember his eager face as he began his residency at UW, and the pleasant task of teaching him (and the process was often reversed) arthroscopy and pediatric orthopedics. After years of collegial association, our last contact was skiing through the trees at Steamboat Springs a few years ago.

From start to finish: a happy, talented guy.
JB Smith
December 17, 2012
Greg, thanks for all the laughs and everything you ever taught me. You are the best! You will be missed.
Chris Sehrt
December 17, 2012
I am deeply saddened by the passing of your Father. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jerry Cummings
December 17, 2012
you will br greatly missed and thanks for all the great care you give Brenda my sister that passes last year
judy brown
December 17, 2012
There was never a more creative physician or gifted diagnostician than Greg Engel. He practiced with humor and skill, one always felt special under his care. I will miss him - we have all lost a friend. God speed Dr. Engel.
Jackie Lange
December 16, 2012
We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Dr. Engel's passing. We knew he was having his surgery but thought he was doing ok. We loved his honest, straight to the point, great personality. After years of going to many doctors for my shoulder Dr. Engel was the only one to do surgery to help me. He truely made us feel as though we were friends over the years of seeing him for various pains and surgeries. Dr. Engel did surgery on my daughter after she broke her arm. She went to WSU and rebroke her wrist. He joked with her that someday she needed to come back and confess how it really happened. Loved his funny, caring personality. We will miss him very much. He was a great doctor! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Eric, Deby and Jenny Parthemer
December 16, 2012
We were deeply saddened to read DR. Engle had passed away. He was an amazing doctor as well as a caring man about our family. He would tell other patients when they mentioned how much business their family had given to him he would say well, "there is this other family the Browns" His sense of humor was wonderful. He will be greatly missed by many.
Les & Arlene Brown family
December 15, 2012
We were truly blessed to have been introduced to Greg who performed surgery on both my husband and myself. Greg was a gifted Dr. and surgeon. The compassion and relationship he developed with each of his patients was second to none. Dr. Engel made this world a better place by being in it. Thank you for everything. Our prayers are with your family.
John and Cynthia MacKenzie
John and Cynthia MacKenzie
December 15, 2012
I had the privilege of calling on Dr Engel's clinic as a sales rep from 1999-2004. He was a very respected surgeon, while at the same time displaying a down-to-earth, hilarious personality. I have missed calling on him, and have always considered him a friend. He leaves a very large legacy both personally and professionally, and will be sincerely missed.
Steve McFarland
December 15, 2012
I had the priviledge of knowing him briefly to design his Mercer Island Residence, and he in term performed his Doctor skills on my broken hand.
Th World has truely lost a wonderful human being.

Cindy Mennella
December 15, 2012
We will miss you Greg. I remember your big smile while dancing with the nurses in the Dominican Republic. You had just finished surgery, bilateral club foot repair, on a small child. You were so happy.
Cece Williams
December 14, 2012
My heart is heavy. Greg left his mark (literally!) on every member of my family. We all move better because of Greg. He always told it straight, no sugar coating. We love you, Greg. We will miss you.
Judy Huggett
December 14, 2012
I have so many great memories of working for Greg. His wit was legend and he planned some of the best parties I've ever attended. He was also thoughtful and kind. I haven't seen him often in the past years but always felt glad he was in the world.
I will miss him. My condolences to Max
and Madeleine and everyone who cared
about him.
Arlene LaTurner
December 13, 2012
You hear the news that Greg Engel died and you just can't wrap your mind around that!!! He was BIGGER than life. He took care of our children from 1979, then it was our turn to be his patients...toes, knees, hips...oh the joys of growing old..Seeing Greg always made these challenges easier. What a great guy - we will truly miss him. Sonja & Jeff Hallstrom
December 13, 2012
Dr. Engel's operating room was always one of the more entertaining OR's I had the pleasure of working in as a rep. I enjoyed the challenges he threw at me as a rep & his infectious personality. You will surely be missed by all Dr. Engel!
Christie Malchow
December 12, 2012
I was shocked to learn of Dr. Engel's passing. Like the many people he restored to an active life (he repaired my ACL in 1994) I knew him as a confident and gifted surgeon. I am so sorry we lost him but I am sure he fought the good fight to the end. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Ray Kalinski
December 12, 2012
I will miss GE so much. All the poking, prodding and mocking in the many years I worked for him made me a better medical assistant, and a better stronger person. A wonderful teacher even if sometimes I wanted to smack him :) The world will be missing a wonderful person and doctor. Thank you Greg for blessing and helping so many people.
Kirsten Burns
December 12, 2012
I had the honor and pleasure of working with Dr. Engel through the medical staff at Overlake Hospital. He is sorely missed in so many ways by so many people. He was an exceptional individual who brought so much to those who knew him. Thank you Dr. Engel and your memory will live on.
Diane Pollari
December 12, 2012
I am one of the legions of folks who Greg helped to return to active sports and life after injuries. I first met him in 1980 when he had a new practice in Bellevue and I had recently started to work at Overlake Hospital. Greg did a great job repairing my torn ACL. When I needed surgery to repair a torn ACL on my other knee in 1995, no other doc would do. He was a great doctor - caring, funny and kind. Gone way too soon! Condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
Kate Holland Gormley
December 12, 2012
Dr. Engel will always be beloved in my family because he treated my baby when she was born with hip dysplasia. He's the one who ensured she would grow up able to dance. She became a marathon runner. And she is the same age as his daughter MJ. Condolences to the whole family.
kathleen fitzgerald
December 12, 2012
We Love Him So....E
Erin & Gene Kearney
December 12, 2012
We will miss you so much! You were a wonderful friend and Mike and I will always have you in our hearts. Your humor and strength helped me through my own health issues and made my journey so much easier.

The legacy you leave the medical community will stand the test of time. You were such a great surgeon and doctor.

There were so many facets to your amazing life. I don't think we ever knew anyone that loved living fully more than you.

Madeline, Max and family,

Our love, thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all of you. You were so wonderful with your dad and he loved you so much. You're so lucky to have had Greg for a father. He was always talking of how proud he was of you. Cherish your memories and he'll always be there for you.

Go with peace Greg,


Mike and Barbara Larson
December 12, 2012
4 great knee surgerys from him ending with an amazing replacement!!!! I walk so great now because of him!!!! Unfortunately he got sick and was unable to do my left, I always looked forward to seeing him he was an awesome dr. With a very quick wit and willing to give me advice on my daughters college choices for soccer he will be missed but not forgotten!!! Every time I step and hear the click of plastic in my knee I will think of him!!!!!
Keith Flewelling
December 12, 2012
Our deepest condolences to the Engel family.
Robert And Svetlana Haskell
Palm Coast, FL
December 12, 2012
He led a very "full" & good life, & helped many along the way as evidenced by all that he did. What better life is that?
Michele Bouvet
December 12, 2012
There is so much that can be said of this wonderful man, physician, friend. Generous, funny, encouraging, challenging, and so very smart and quick are just a few. Dr. Engel, you are missed beyond belief in Room 4 by each and every one of us at Overlake Surgery Center. We are so grateful to Max and Madeline for sharing their stories and keeping us updated during Greg's 4 month battle following transplant. May you two find peace in having such an incredible father and the gift of love and adventure he shared with you.
Wendy Taylor
December 12, 2012
Dear Max and Elisa, I am very sorry for your loss.My warmest condolences to you and your family.
Christopher Michalski
December 12, 2012
Great doctor and friend. Took care of me and my accident prone joints for close to 30 years. He will be missed.
Melinda Leach
December 12, 2012
We learned a lot from this kind man....he will be missed very very much.
December 12, 2012
I was the office administrator for Greg at BBJP for 8 years. He was a wonderful doctor to work for. He is missed.
Melinda Kresek
December 12, 2012
We will truly miss him. He was a very dedicated doctor, and I always felt very comfortable with his medical services he provided. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Sincerely, Raj & Nina Johal
December 12, 2012
I was one of Dr. Engels last patients- My wife Pam worked with Dr. Engel in the OR for over 15 years- He always greeted Pam with a friendly smile and recognized her dedication--- always helping him when he needed a phone number or contact information. We especially remember the fun we had at the OR Christmas parties with Dr. Engel. We will always remember his kind caring, fun loving ways. He will be missed!!
Steve & Pam Sawyer
December 12, 2012
My condolenses to the family. Dr. Engel did my mom's hip surgery and it was/is wonderful. She also sends her thought and prayers to his family. He was a wonderful Dr.
Patty & Betty Kelly
December 12, 2012
So sad to hear of your passing. You were the BEST and will never be forgotten. Condolences to your Family Friends Patients and Staff.
December 12, 2012
I am saddened to lose my friend, colleague, medical school classmate, and skiing partner, Greg. He always lived life large and pushed himself and those around him to excel to be their best. I will especially miss his wit and humor that few can match. There will be many of us friends, colleagues, and patients around the Northwest privately hoisting a glass of wine to toast Greg Engel and a life that ended much too soon.
Jim Mhyre, MD
Jim Mhyre
December 11, 2012
I will miss providing anesthesia for him as well as playing tennis, skiing, diving, and hanging out with him. He was a wonderful friend and great fun to be around.
John Costello
December 11, 2012
From my caller ID on my phone
We first met Dr. Engel about 25 years ago when I needed help with a knee which had been injured long ago. He did everything humanly possible to keep me from having to undergo a replacement, but eventually it came to that. Along this path we became good friends, sharing our love of family, and of fly fishing. He continued to care for my wife and I over the years, treating more knees, shoulders, aches, and pains, and we came to look forward to doctor visits if they were with him. What a great legacy he leaves. How he loved his kids, and how proud he was of them. We count ourselves lucky to have known him, and with the certain knowledge that this life is not the end, look forward to the day when we can renew our friendship with him. The world has lost one of the good guys, and there are mighty few of them out there.
Roger and Kathy Chatterton
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