Dr. Matthew Jared Strouch

July 24, 1977June 28, 2018

Dr. Matthew Jared Strouch of Raleigh, NC died on June 28, 2018. Matt was born in Hartford, CT and raised in Avon, CT. Matt was the most kind and gentle person and he had so many friends and associates that loved him dearly. Matt was very much a Renaissance person, enjoying a great variety of activities, especially his love for music. Growing up, Matt spent many enjoyable summers at his grandparents’ home at Crescent Beach.

Matt attended Loomis Chaffee and received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He attended Tufts University medical school and did his residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago where he also devoted two years to cancer research. He completed his fellowship at Washington University Hospital in St. Louis and then moved to Raleigh with his family where he worked as a colorectal surgeon at Rex Hospital for the past six years.

Matt dearly loved his family and enjoyed as much time as he could with his children. He was a very loving son and husband, as well as a very involved father. Matt had an energy for life, a vibrant and funny personality, and was very sweet, loving, empathetic and kind to all.

Matt is survived by his wife, Dr. Zaneta Strouch and his children, Emmett and Avery; his parents, Susan and Dr. Martin Strouch; his sister, Julie MacDonald; his mother-in-law, Seong Sook Chung; and brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Richard and Gina Chung; and a large extended family. Matt was preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents, Ida and Charles Strouch; his maternal grandparents, Beatrice and David Shapiro; and father-in-law, Dr. James Chung. Matthew will be forever missed and loved by all.

Our bright light has gone out.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 6 at 6:00pm at Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Matt's name to the Colon Cancer Coalition. (


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 6, 2018

Dr. Matthew Jared Strouch

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Francis Tuitt

January 1, 2019

I came all the way from the commonwealth of Dominica to meet Dr.Strouch so that he could perform surgery on me for rectal cancer in 2014. He was a kind and a compassionate doctor. I am saddened by his passing. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Renee N

August 27, 2018

Dr. Strouch was my Doctor for too brief of a time. He performed my surgery in June of this year and successfully removed my colon cancer. My family and I truly appreciated how patient, kind, calm and knowledgeable he was. He had a wonderful bedside manner both during patient care sessions and during surgery. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. As a patient I am saddened because I truly, dare I say, looked "forward" to working with him for the next 5 years. Not everyday people rave about their Dr but Dr. Strouch was really something special. He will be remembered by many without doubt.

Tara McKenzie

July 11, 2018

Last year I wasn’t feeling well. I could barely stand up so I went to the urgent care. At that point they ran tests and called the ambulance , rushed me to the ICU because I needed a blood transfusion. I was so sick and no one could figure out why I couldn’t stop bleeding from my rectum. I was in the hospital, had to get several blood transfusions and everyone was at a loss of what was going on. They called in Dr. Strouch and he literally saved my life. I was bleeding internally and he did surgery and performed a hemorrhoidecetomy and got the bleeding to stop. I will be forever grateful to him .Although I was just a patient, I’m heartbroken and so very sorry. He was a great surgeon and I am so blessed to have had him as a doctor.
I’m praying for the family at this very difficult time.
Tara McKenzie

Ben Johnson

July 10, 2018

I haven’t seen Matt since our college days almost 20 years ago, but I remember him and his personality very well. He was a good, funny man, and I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.

Meg Morgan

July 9, 2018

UNC Rex 7 West nightshift...they couldn’t make the beautiful ceremony on Friday night but shared prayers and celebrated his life from the unit where he performed life saving surgeries and pioneered post op recovery protocols.
He is missed.

Sarah Peters

July 9, 2018

Dr. Strouch saved my mother’s life! After a cancer diagnosis, my mother was advised and treated by him. He was the right surgeon for her, and we are all extremely grateful for his care. He was always kind, personal and encouraging. He had a warm smile and called my mother with her good news. He will be missed. Thank you.

Christopher Gange

July 8, 2018

I got to know Matt during our years together at Loomis Chaffee. We quickly became friends and always had a great time together. I fondly remember the concerts we saw together, fishing with him during the summer and going to Vermont in the winter. Matt was always caring and brought such joy and happiness to everyone's lives. He made us all laugh and had an incredible sense of humor. Even though I had not seen him in years, I still felt like he was a brother of mine. His passing is heart breaking and he will be incredibly missed by everyone that knew him. My sincere sympathy goes out to his family.

Liz Cumpian

July 8, 2018

I had the privilege of working with Matt at Northwestern during his residency. As a PACU nurse, you get to know the surgical residents very well. Matt was special, always attentive to the needs of his patients, responsive to the nurses, kind, caring, and nice... so very nice. He was an excellent resident who you knew was going to be a great attending. One that you’re hoping will come back after they complete their fellowship and also who you will really miss after they are done with residency. So many of us at NM remember Matt and are so saddened by this terrible loss! My condolences to his whole family and friends. I am remembering Matt and you in my prayers.

Juan Rojas

July 7, 2018

I will never forget Dr. Strouch he was the instrument God used to save my life, me and my family will always be grateful for all the care and attentions I received from him during my cancer treatment.

I remember he did a good job trying to explain to me my medical condition and procedure he will follow up.

Que en paz descance mi amigo!

Connie Taylor

July 6, 2018

I will never forget taking my dad to see Dr. Strouch ,my dad thought he was having digestive issues because of his demenia. Dr. Strouch was a very understanding doctor and was very patient with my father. I will never forget it. He will be missed dearly. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Strouch and his children. May the Love of Christ be with all of you and the whole family! There will never be another doctor like Dr. Strouch!