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Ball & Dodd Funeral Home

5100 West Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA

OBITUARY

Dr. David Sandler

March 14, 1953November 12, 2014

Dr. David Sandler (Age 61)

Dr. David Sandler, who was so loved and respected by all who knew him, passed away on November 12, 2014. He was born in Stalingrad, Russia on March 14, 1953 to Emmanuel David Sandler and Cecilia Yakov Vidomsky. His mother was a doctor, and from a very early age she took David with her to the hospital where she worked. As a result, David knew that becoming a doctor was his life’s ambition. He completed his undergraduate work in Leningrad, Russia, and received his medical degree from the University of Leningrad in 1976. He completed his post-graduate work in Canada and Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1985, Dr. Sandler began focusing his medical training on cardiothoracic surgery. From 1985 to 1987, he was the Training Resident/Chief Resident in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where he received training in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. His reputation continued to precede him. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Sandler served as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Transplant Surgery at the University of Western Ontario Affiliated Teaching Hospitals in London, Ontario where he selected and managed transplant patients and gained experience with orthotopic heart transplant, single lung, heart/ lung transplant surgery and organ procurement.

With Dr. Sandler’s distinguished background and technical surgical skills, he led the way in cardiothoracic surgery techniques and research. He presented new procedures in cardiac surgery and had demonstrated their uses to other physicians at international professional conferences. Dr. Sandler was highly recognized within the United Network of Organ Sharing, established by the U.S. Congress in 1984, which administers the only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network in the United States. Dr. Sandler was also an accomplished and recognized author.

Dr. Tim Icenogle met Dr. David Sandler in 1992 at which time Dr. Icenogle worked very diligently to convince Dr. Sandler to join his team as a partner at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Outside of the hospital, David’s focus was his family. He was successful in bringing his only sister, Leonora, and her husband, Yuri, to Canada from Russia, where they all lived before Dr. Sandler joined Dr. Icenogle’s team. David enjoyed art, photography, and travelling with his beloved wife of twelve years, Mischelle. Their love story was so special. As soon as they met, their lives were never the same. There was one thing that he definitely said he didn’t like, and that was birds. Mischelle owned an exotic bird store; he fell in love with the birds too. David was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother-in-law, Yuri Chernyak. He is survived by his “My Beautiful Wife” Mischelle; his sister, Leonora “Lena” Chernyak; his nephew Mikhail “Michael” Chernyak (Melanie) and niece Maryanna “Marina” Chernyak (Robin Olsen), whom he helped raise; his great nieces and nephews, Oliver and Scarlet, and Natasha, Katrina and Niklas.

In loving memory of Dr. David Sandler, a new patient care room in the expanded CICU (large, with city view) will be named in his honor. The cost of this naming opportunity is $15,000. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Providence Health Care Foundation, CICU Campaign in memory of Dr. David Sandler.

There will be a memorial service, a Celebration of Dr. Sandler’s Life, at the Providence Auditorium, 20 West 9th Ave., Spokane, WA on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 22, 2014

Memories

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Mark Shpak

November 13, 2015

RIP my freand we grow up together

sheryl moore

March 6, 2015

THE DATE IS MARCH 3 2015 AND I AM JUST NOW HEARING ABOUT DR SANDLERS DEATH. I AM OVERWHELMED WITH GRIEF. HE SAVED MY LIFE AND THE LAST APPOINTMENT THAT I HAD WITH DR SANDLER HE TOLD ME THAT HE I WAS LIKE A BUTTERFLY THAT HE HAD TO SET ME FREE AND LET ME FLY. BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IF YOU NEED ME THAT AN APPOINTMENT WOULD ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE TO ME. WE WILL MISS HIM. HE WAS THE MOST AMAZING HUMAN BEING. OPEN HEART IS SCARY AND ALWAYS A CRISIS BUT YOU I WAS IN THE BEST OF HANDS. GOD AND DR SANDLER. SHERYL COREY MOORE soldbycorey@yahoo.com

February 14, 2015

So heartbroken to hear this. I just learned of Dr. Sandler's passing; so much love and so much respect and many prayers to his family; he was a great man and a great Dr. We loved him very much.
Brian and Trevor Atcheson

Teresa Gully

January 13, 2015

Dr Sandler will always be in my memory. May he never be forgotten

Cari Rodgers

December 22, 2014

Dr. Sandler will forever live on in my memories. He was a joy to work with in the OR, always smiling and looking at the bright side of things. My life was blessed to have known him and worked along side him.

Taylor Salmi

December 17, 2014

Dr. Sandler helped to save our dad's life less than 2 years ago. He was a wonderful man and doctor who my dad always felt extremely comfortable with. I will never forget the first time he hugged my dad following his heart transplant. Dr. Sandler saved and touched many lives and it is a tragedy that he is gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends! Taylor Salmi, Whitney Wood, MacKenzie Wood, and Bob Wood

December 15, 2014

Dr Sandler saved my Son's life, he called my son family he would tell us "I do this for him cause he's family" we love this man. I am truly sorry for his family and friends lose. We will always remember him.

terry peterson

December 11, 2014

wow, I was at dr wysham's when she told me about doctor sandler, wow, couldn't even talk, so wonderful of a human being and so close to us all, whose lives he saved, no way to say thank you doctor, but for sure, he was one of a kind and he went to where his heaven is not doubt in my mind for sure, will be so missed.

Bonita Olson

December 3, 2014

It is so hard to believe Dr. Sandler (David) is gone. Thank you for all you did for your patients and for being so kind to those of us in the OR that had the privilege to work with you. My heart goes out to your family, your patients Dr. Icenogle, and all of the staff at SHMC that worked with you. May God welcome you into his loving arms. Bonnie Olson, CST

Stan Moskalenko

November 27, 2014

Dr. Sandler was a great doctor with a loving heart. He has helped my grandpa a lot with his heart problems. Truly a rare person to meet in this world.

FROM THE FAMILY