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Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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I'm so sorry to hear about this tragic loss, for his family and the medical field
I was unaware Dr. Mezhir passed away...
while going through paperwork in my files, I came across an envelope from 2003 with the return address of "James Mezhir, MD.". He had sent me a release form regarding a peer reviewed study involving jaundice appearing after common bile duct surgery.
Dr. Mezhir was imperative during my healing process while recovering after a major surgery

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Posted by: Vanessa (Bartlett) Willison - Acquaintance   Sep 11, 2020
Doc speaking as the MAN OF THE YEAR

I cannot believe has been over 4 years, I miss my Doc!


Posted by: Terry Gromacki - Iowa City, IA - Friend   Feb 10, 2020

Just hearing of this tragic news as I was going to reach out and share with James about finally presenting my story involving cancer and surgery to other providers! Something I know that he would have loved to hear!

James was a surgeon on my team when I was a patient and I can honestly say that I wouldnt be here today if it werent for the care he coordinated and provided! I know he is truly missed by

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Posted by: Jennette Bookston - Rochester, NY - acquaintance   Jun 12, 2019

I still think of you often, particularly when I meet new residents. You were friendly, humble, funny, smart, and caring. A pleasure to have worked with you.


Posted by: Jennifer Massow - Chicago, IL - Coworker   Feb 02, 2019

We still miss him.


Posted by: Joseph Jones - Taylor Ridge, IL - Friend   Feb 02, 2019
Man of the Year

I can't believe it's been 2 years. James was the first good friend I made when our family moved to Iowa City in 2012. We quickly bonded as we shared common interests, and daughters in the same daycare center. I was always astounded at his incredible professionalism in the workplace, but relaxed and fun personality outside of work. I miss him every day...

Love my Doc, RIP buddy! I'm going to hit a hole-in-one for you tomorrow on the 2-year anniversary of your passing and I know you'll be watching from above...
Terry Gromacki


Posted by: Terry Gromacki - Iowa City, IA - Friend   Feb 02, 2018

After Doctor Mezhir performed my whipple surgery we became very good friends. He came into my room every day while I was at the hospital and ask me how I was doing and what he could do for me and all I would ask him is could I have a popsicle. Finally after a week without food he ask me what I would like and I told him a popsicle and he ask me what flavor I told him cherry

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Posted by: Joseph Jones - Taylor Ridge, IL - Friend   Feb 02, 2017

Firstly, I cannot express enough condolences to you Priya and your children. My daughter Denise Prager was Dr. Mezhir's very first case in Memorial Sloan Kettering while he was a fellow under Dr. Jose Guillem. Denise had many complications at a very young age of 20 years old . Dr. Mezhir became an amazing inspiration to her and my family. He had her as a patient for over a month and was an amazing doctor and friend. We are truly heartbroken and will miss him terribly. Cathy Prager


Posted by: A friend   Jun 10, 2016

Priya, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. For some reason you came to my mind tonite. I am sorry I haven't kept in touch with you to see how you and your family were doing. You and your family will be in my prayers from this day on.


Posted by: Gayle Markese - Chicago, IL   May 12, 2016

I just now learned of Dr. Mezhir's passing. He was a wonderful doctor, but even better, a great person. He operated on Randy for pancreatic cancer in April 2014. Randy and I felt so at ease with him, and he showed so much compassion and care for us both. Randy is doing fine, but he will be devastated to learn that his friend is gone.
Please let the compassion that he showed all his patients flow from us back to you, his family. He will be greatly missed.


Posted by: Georgia and Randy Henry - Cedar Falls, IA   Apr 28, 2016