Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (January 27, 2010)---Botsford Hospital lost a long-time leader this week with the death of one of its founding physicians.
Ellis Siefer, D.O., of Farmington Hills, died on January 25 at age 92. He was the Chairman of the Department of Surgery for Botsford’s predecessor organization, Zieger Hospital in Detroit from 1951 until Botsford opened in 1965 when he became Chairman of the Department of Surgery for the new hospital. He served in that capacity for 18 years. In 1983, Dr. Siefer became Vice-President of Medical Affairs.
“Dr. Siefer’s love of the osteopathic profession and dedication to physician training contributed significantly to Botsford’s reputation as a premiere program for graduate medical education. His early leadership at Zieger Hospital and subsequently Botsford set the stage for the high quality and clinical excellence that we enjoy today,” said Paul LaCasse, D.O., President and CEO, Botsford Health Care.
A graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Siefer influenced thousands of medical students, interns and residents over decades at Botsford. He was Clinical Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a recipient of MSUCOM’s prestigious Walter F. Patenge Medal for Public Service. He was named a Great Pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine by the American Osteopathic Association for his efforts to make continuing medical education mandatory for osteopathic physicians.
Nationally recognized for his support of osteopathic medicine, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons awarded Dr. Siefer its Orel F. Martin Medal for outstanding contributions to osteopathic medicine and Purdue-Frederick Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Siefer also served on Botsford Hospital’s Board of Directors from 1960 until his death. The Ellis Siefer, D.O., Surgical Services Pavilion at Botsford is named in his honor.
Dr. Siefer is survived by his wife Mary, sons Daniel and James, daughter Miriam and grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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