Dr. Martin Gleich, a Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician, and
a good person, was killed early in the morning on April 28, 2001,
doing two of his favorite things - hiking in the mountains, and
spending time with a friend. While hiking by Stairs Gulch, Martin and
his medical school buddy were caught up in an avalanche that,
according to rescuers, was of mammoth proportions.
Many things can be said about Martin - his compassion for all, his
unquenchable thirst for the out of doors. Martin was a good friend and
a good person. Martin did not measure his life by the fact he was a
doctor. Being a doctor simply provided the means to an end.
Not that his being a doctor was something trivial. He had great
knowledge and compassion for his patients, and the other health care
providers whom worked closely with him. Max Eskelson is a member of
the ARDS Survivors website. Being associated with that website, Max
receives questions from folks around the world. When a person would
write with specific questions about drugs, therapies, etc, Max would
ask Martin for his thoughts and opinions on that particular matter.
Martin would take the time to review the question right then or would
arrange a time when the problems could be addressed. By participating
with the website, Martin not only affected those at the LDS Hospital,
but also offered hope, knowledge, and compassion for ARDS patients and
families around the world. (Following this article is e-mail from the
mother of a young girl in Canada, whom Martin consulted on log
Martin was an integral member of the Pulmonary department, and
served as the medical director for the Respiratory Special Care
Martin leaves behind his wife Gitte, and many people who, while sad
at Martin's passing, are proud to have called Martin a friend.
(It should be pointed out that it was Loren Greenway who reviewed
this case with Martin and Howard Mann, a radiologist from LDSH).
Dear Mr. Eskelson,
Sue Peterson notified me yesterday of the sudden, tragic death of
Dr.Gleich. I am the mother of Lindsey, from Ottawa, Canada, whose case
you reviewed with Dr. Gleich.
It is difficult to express how much it means to a parent to know
that world class experts will take the time to assist their child. Dr.
Gleich must have been an extremely kind and compassionate man and I'm
sure his presence will be sadly missed, both at LDS Hospital and at
the ARDS Support Center. Dr. Kovesi commented to me that it was clear
that a great deal of time and effort had been spent in reviewing
Lindsey's data at your hospital.
Lindsey had a PFT last week, which showed her FEV1 are 45%
predicted. As this is the first significant improvement we have seen
in nearly a year, I am somewhat encouraged.
I will remember Dr. Gleich and his family in my prayers, and will
always be grateful for the efforts from LDS.