Michael Christopher Reed

August 15, 1958April 28, 2021

With profound respect for his extraordinary life, the family of Dr. Michael Christopher Reed, age 62, of Nashville, Tennessee, shares that he passed peacefully in his sleep on April 28th, 2021. He was known as Dr. Reed to many, Mike to friends, Uncle Michael to extended family, and Dad to his children. Those privileged to know him remember his wild imagination, deeply compassionate heart, brilliant mind, quick humor, love of nature, incomparable work ethic, and heartfelt dedication to his patients.

Michael was born on August 15th, 1958 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Dr. Warren Gilmer Reed and Joan Meighan Reed, the fifth of six children in a large Catholic family. He married his high school sweetheart, Elaine Miles, on June 7th, 1980, and together they raised three children, which he considered to be the greatest joy and accomplishment of his life.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a degree in zoology and received his medical degree from the James Quillen College of Medicine, where he was a charter member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was humbled to become a recipient of the prestigious Marc Hollander Award. He has since dedicated over 30 years to caring for his patients in private practice in Nashville.

He will be forever cherished by his wife of forty years, Elaine Miles Reed, and their children, Hannah Elaine Reed, Emily Elizabeth Reed, and Matthew Michael Reed (Grace Murray Reed). He is also survived by his sisters, Joann Reed Koch (godmother to his children) and Eleanor Gilmer Reed, and his brother, Joseph Whitmel Reed. He is preceded in death by both parents as well as his brother, Warren Gilmore Reed II, and his sister, Rebecca Marie Reed. Michael is also celebrated by the Miles family who loved him as much as he loved them. On behalf of Michael, the family extends his mantra of strength and honor.

A memorial service will be held at West End United Methodist Church on May 8th, 2021 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aphasia Group of Middle Tennessee, the American Cancer Society, or Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Audie Shields

May 6, 2021

What a loss. Dr. Reed was one of a very few who really wanted to help those he treated. He certainly went the extra mile to help my wife. I will always remember him.

Mark Oldham

May 4, 2021

We got to know Michael and Elaine through the youth soccer years with their son Matt who played with our son Houston. We always looked forward to road trips when we knew they would be traveling with the team. Michael’s laid back style and witty personality drew me to him. The lovely Elaine was always my ( second) favorite soccer Mom and the perfect companion for Michael. But it wasn’t until much later that we got to really know Michael. We moved to Townsend TN in 2014 and bought Dancing Bear Lodge. It was only then that we realized how important the mountains and the great outdoors, particularly the GSMNP were to each of them, but particularly to Michael. Through frequent visits to our Lodge and through frequent dinners and late night conversations after (probably) consuming too much wine, we heard many stories from Michael, often very longgggg stories from Michael, about his hiking adventures and/ or his often humorous anecdotes about not only himself but others in his story. Always self deprecating and never a braggart, Michael would and could wax eloquent about almost any subject imaginable. Of particular note was his brush with hypothermia inside the GSMNP on a hike on which he embarked — unprepared for the elements. Told with grace, he obviously had some clumsy moments in his life that often left him slightly injured or incapacitated to some degree that would always leave me rolling in laughter. My last enduring image of Michael was when he and Elaine walked through the door of our Lodge, unsuspecting, and we immediately asked them both to join in a square dance that had been on break, but was about to start up again. Without a moment’s hesitation, Michael grasped Elaine’s hand, smiling as wide as possible, joined the circle, and proceeded to hoe down with the rest of the rowdy crowd! That’s the way I choose to remember this super cool and highly intelligent man— taken way too soon. Dance on Michael!

Margaret Hirst

May 3, 2021

I was a patient of Dr. Reed's for several years. He was very helpful to me. I wish I could have stayed with him a little longer. A very sweet man and a terrific doctor. I know he will be missed.

Freda Morgan

May 3, 2021

Dr. Reed was incredible. Peace be with his family and his work family. I miss him.

Susanna Quasem

May 2, 2021

Mike was so always so kind to me as a new member of the group of psychiatrists he co-founded. I know many people really appreciated his kindness, and I also really enjoyed his sense of humor! I will miss him a lot.

Alec R

May 1, 2021

Made such an impact on so many lives including mine. I will certainly miss him. Prayers, thoughts, and love for the family.. Love you guys! Alec

Pam Williams

May 1, 2021

Praying for all of you.

Barbara Roland

May 1, 2021

You will be missed. Thank you for all you did for me all these years. Fly high now and know you left this world a better place.