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Dr. Michael A. Sullivan, prominent hematologist

Sept. 23, 1929 – Dec. 18, 2014

Dr. Michael A. Sullivan, former medical director at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, died Thursday in his Williamsville home after a long illness. He was 85.

He was born in Lackawanna and lived in Buffalo and its suburbs his entire life. He graduated from Lackawanna High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo, where he was on the dean’s list, and a medical degree from UB Medical School.

Dr. Sullivan did his internship at the former E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, with residencies at Ohio State University Hospital and E.J. Meyer. He also completed a fellowship in hematology at E.J. Meyer.

Dr. Sullivan was board certified in internal medicine and hematology, and operated a private practice in Kenmore from 1972 to 2010, when he retired.

He was an attending physician at Erie County Medical Center from 1963 to 1972 and at Kenmore Mercy from 1965 to 2006. He served as director of medical education at Kenmore Mercy from 1965 to 1966, chief of the medical department at Deaconess Hospital from 1966 to 1972, chief of staff at Kenmore Mercy from 1986 to 2006, and medical director at Kenmore Mercy from 1989 to 2006.

Dr. Sullivan also served in the Navy Reserve as a medical officer from 1955 to 1957.

His memberships and positions included the Erie County Medical Society, for which he served as chairman of the medical education committee; president of the Buffalo Academy of Medicine; board member and president of the UB Medical Alumni Association; medical staff treasurer and president at Kenmore Mercy; American Medical Association; and the Medical Society of New York State.

His interests included cooking, wine, gardening, astronomy, poetry of T.S. Eliot, cats, painting and art appreciation.

He was instrumental in the initial funding to establish St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in the late 1960s, and played a role in the efforts to expand and renovate Kenmore Mercy in the 1990s.

Dr. Sullivan was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He received the Sister Mechtilde Memorial Award from Kenmore Mercy for his service there. In 1971, he was sent to Attica Correctional Facility to help treat the injured during the prison riot.

His wife of 41 years, the former Rosemarie Sullivan, died in 1994.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, the former Barbara Graham; two daughters, Jean Scime and Elizabeth Bruno; three brothers, Patrick, Robert and Nelson; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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