Michael Gary Ehrlich MD

September 4, 1939July 21, 2018

Michael Gary Ehrlich, M.D., a pioneering and beloved Orthopedic surgeon, teacher, father and friend passed away peacefully on July 21, 2018 at his home in Providence, Rhode Island.

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, he was a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and of Dartmouth College, where he graduated at the age of 19, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, from which he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. After starting his career in New York City, he moved to Massachusetts in 1972 where he served as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School for 18 years. For the next three decades he served as the Vincent Zecchino Professor and Chairman of Orthopedics at Brown University and Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals. He also served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Lifespan Health System.

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, he was the recipient of countless honors and awards 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 recently became an Inaugural Fellow of the Orthopedic Research Society.

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 was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Band Ehrlich, who was his partner in achieving his many accomplishments. He leaves behind his two sons, Christopher and Timothy, their wives, Sara and Isabella and five grandchildren, Charlotte, August, Julian, Harrison and June. He will also be dearly missed by Suzanne Gilstein, his significant other.

A service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island. Immediately following will be a reception at the Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

The Michael G. Ehrlich, M.D. Fund for Orthopedic Research has been established to support his lifelong passion and commitment to medicine. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the fund via the Rhode Island Foundation (


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Michael Gary Ehrlich MD

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Lori Perch

January 4, 2019

I just learned of Dr. Ehrlich's death and am deeply saddened. After seeing numerous doctors as a teenager and not being accurately diagnosed, I had the fortune of seeing Dr. Ehrlich at MGH. He was able to immediately diagnose me with a neuromuscular disease. Over the next many years he performed multiple corrective surgeries. I will always be indebted to him. He had a dry sense of humor, and was very compassionate, as well as an excellent surgeon. They don't make physicians like him anymore. He will be missed by countless patients that he helped!

Debra Curry

January 2, 2019

I am just now seeing the information about Dr. Ehrlich's passing. He was my surgeon and performed scoliosis surgery and knee surgery on me in 1980 and 1982 when he was at MGH. He was a brilliant surgeon and a wonderful person. I am forever grateful for the excellent medical care he provided to me. My sincerest condolences to his family.

lynne webster

December 4, 2018

I just learned tonight of Dr. Ehrlich's passing- he was a customer of mine at Mills Tavern and I very much enjoyed getting to know him over these years. I will miss seeing him, and serving him his very important sapphire on the rocks