Patrick Dunstan Sullivan MD
July 19, 1940 – November 24, 2018
Patrick D. Sullivan, M.D. of Winter Haven, Florida passed away on November 24, 2018 at the age of 78. Dr. Sullivan was born July 19, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. Donald “Buzz” and Marie “Gracie” Sullivan. He graduated high school from Gilmour Academy in Cleveland, Ohio before going on to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduating in 1961, he went on to complete medical school and his residency at Northwestern University during which time he also completed an internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. After completing his residency, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Sheppard AFB in Texas where he ultimately reached the rank of Major. In 1972, he moved to Winter Haven to become a partner in a private practice as an Orthopedic Surgeon. Ironically, in this practice he met the dedicated office staff that still served with him to this very day. Over the next 46 years, he accomplished many things in both his career and life in the community. At Winter Haven Hospital, where he has been on staff since arriving in town, he served as Chief of Staff, Chairman of Orthopedics, Chairman of the Surgical Section, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Member of the Board of Trustees, and Vice President of Medical-Surgical Affairs. In addition, he also participated in many other medical associations including; American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Florida Orthopedic Society, Irish American Orthopedic Society, International Arthroscopy Association, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and was a Fellow with the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He also served the American Cancer Society as a Member of the Board of Trustees and the President of the East Polk County Board of Directors, and was also actively serving as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Weber University. Furthermore, he received a Humanitarian Service Award from WeCare, volunteered at the Harry-Anna Crippled Children’s Hospital as part of his Florida Elks Club affiliation, and was also a proud member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Beyond his patients and the community that loved him so dearly, his family will miss him the most. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deborah, his children, Janie and Patrick (Jennifer), and grandchildren, Kara, Laila, and Rylie as well as his siblings Jane Warren, Dr. Donald (Bretta) Sullivan, Kim (James) Ryan, and many nieces and nephews. His family was the most important thing in his life. Whether it was going on family trips or just sitting around and watching Notre Dame Football, he enjoyed spending as much time as he could with them. When he wasn’t with his family, you could find him with his friends at the golf course, on the racket ball court, or simply at the local bar having some laughs. A memorial service will be held Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Winter Haven. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to one of the following amazing organizations that provided such compassionate care to him: Good Shepard Hospice at 105 Arneson Ave, Auburndale, FL 33823 or the Cassidy Cancer Center at 200 Ave F NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Patrick Dunstan Sullivan MD
December 3, 2018
Dr. Sullivan became the Vice Chairman of the Webber International University Board of Trustees a few months after I became its President & CEO. Frankly, I was a bit apprehensive… the carefully cultivated gruff exterior could be a little daunting until you learned it was a paper-thin veneer covering a heart of gold. But as did the President before me, I found him an unwavering friend to the University. He was absolutely committed to the success of young people and had a special soft spot for the “underdogs”… those first in family to go to college students who were going to make themselves a better life if they had to crawl over broken glass to do it. Those trying to make a better life and willing to work to do it never had a better advocate than Dr. Sullivan. He was a brilliant strategist, an unwavering advocate, and had the uncanny ability to distill the most complex problem down to the salient point. And, at a couple of the toughest points in my career, he was literally by my side. If we are lucky we might make it through this life having made things a little better for a person or two. His work with Webber impacted thousands – literally thousands – of lives for the better. Titles and appellations a plenty had Dr. Sullivan – healer, patriot, friend – but for those Webber graduates for whom he helped launch into successful careers and productive lives, it was enabler. With a heartfelt thank you from the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Webber, Godspeed good and faithful friend.
December 2, 2018
Pat was a classmate at Gilmour Academy and at Notre Dame. He was smart, funny, and a very good student. I am very impressed with what he did with all those talents!!
I extend my sympathy to his family. I will always have good memories of Pat.
November 30, 2018
I first met Dr. Sullivan and Dr. McCollough in 1985 when interviewing for a job as a future partner/ orthopedist. He was the Sports guy and although I took a job elsewhere one never forgets the interview as a new doc meeting the expert accomplished doc. Pat was great. For years he called me Robby and I enjoyed sharing cases with Pat graciously giving away all his ER call to me the new guy. In those early years, my wife and I enjoyed our social get together with Pat & Debbie. We mourn for your loss and will remember Pat’s greatness and contributions to our community.
November 28, 2018
What a wonderful doctor. He was always so kind to his patients. He took care of many broken bones for my family. He and his staff worked so well together. He will be so missed.