J. Stephen Ebrom, MD, Retiring After Long, Rewarding Career

J. Stephen Ebrom, MD, is retiring from the Mercy Health Department of Pathology, after a long, rewarding career.

Dr. Ebrom was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His high school was Notre Dame school for Boys; he would take a bus for most of the journey, and then hitchhike the last mile to school! He remained a Chicagoan for both College and Medical school, attending Loyola University.

He learned a love for music from his father, and Dr. Ebrom learned to play the saxophone, playing in the Loyola Jazz band and even in some polka bands!

In 1979, he had an internal medicine residency in Grand Rapids, working at both Saint Mary’s and Blodgett Hospitals. After his residency was completed, he realized that his real interest was Anatomic Pathology, so he went to Boston to get his training. He then studied at the University of Connecticut under F. William Sunderman, Jr, who was nationally recognized as a major influencer in the field of Laboratory Medicine.

After completing his studies at U Conn, he worked for one year in New Jersey, and then in 1982 he moved back to Grand Rapids, a city that he had grown to love. He has served the patients and physicians of Saint Mary’s for 35 years. Dr. Ebrom says that he always remembers that he is “A physician first and a pathologist second, and people recognize that.”

Now that he is leaving the pathology department, he will look for ways to stay involved in teaching, both with younger students considering medical careers and with new physicians.

Steve and his wife Rosalind have been major supporters and very involved with the Saint Mary’s Foundation, and plan to continue that relationship. They have one son, Pierson, who has followed his father’s footsteps into a career in medicine.

Mercy Health thanks Dr. Ebrom for his many years of service and wishes him the best during his retirement.