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Dr. Jean-Michel Roland, pediatric cardiologist; Dec. 1, 1942 -- March 26, 2011

Dr. Jean-Michel Alain Roland, a pediatric cardiologist on the staff at Women's & Children's Hospital since 1980, died of colon cancer Saturday in his Snyder home. He was 68.

Born in Montpelier, France, Dr. Roland grew up in Rumford, R.I., and was a graduate of Providence College and L'Ecole de Medicine at Universite de Bordeaux, France.

He began his medical career with an internship through Brown University at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital in Rhode Island, followed by a fellowship and faculty position in pediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

In 1980, Dr. Roland moved to Buffalo to join the staff at Women & Children's Hospital, where he cared for thousands of children as a pediatric cardiologist, first on the staff of the hospital and later in private practice with Pediatric Cardiology Associates of Western New York.

Dr. Roland also was a faculty member at the University at Buffalo and the University of Rochester.

In addition to being a devoted physician, Dr. Roland also was an avid chef, tennis player, skier and gardener.

He also volunteered with Second Chance Sheltering Network, and his lifelong love of animals led him to do a lot of animal rescue work with cats and dogs.

Family members said Dr. Roland's greatest pleasure was traveling the world with his wife and children. Together, they spent many vacations in his homeland of France.

Although Dr. Roland was diagnosed with colon cancer almost six years ago, he continued to love life, enjoy his many passions and take care of his patients.

Survivors include his wife, M.K. Gaedeke Roland, and four sons, Joshua, Matthew, Jeffery Norris and Adam Norris.

A memorial service will be scheduled.


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