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“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...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Joseph Jones - Taylor Ridge, IL

“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...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Gayle Markese - Chicago, IL

“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...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Georgia and Randy Henry - IA

“This man has extended my life after 10 hours of surgery by him and his team. I owe & thank the man for my very existence who I pray for every day. It...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Darrell Beranek & Family - IA

“I was a patient in 2013. I was so fortunate that my tumor turned out to be benign but still required 8 hours in surgery. I know that my good health...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol - Acquaintance

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol - Bettendorf, IA

“As a currently surviving patient of Dr. Mezhir's' skill as a surgeon (gastric cancer,,,total gastrectomy 2013) I will continue to fight for my life...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: William Desmond - Aledo, IL

“I. Was a patient in 2011. There are no words to fully describe what a wonderful man Dr Mezhir was, professionally and personally.. His skill,...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Glenn ann hide and Norm uhde - IL

“May you have a forever smile on your face in Heaven, James! You were a wonderful and super fun friend to me while you were residing in Chicago. I'm...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Kimberly F Alexopoulos - IL

“You will be missed forever dr Mezhir!! I can not believe you are not here anymore. Thank you for always taking such good care of me. ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Hoda H.

“Jim, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You must have been very proud of him and his accomplishments. Praying that God will ease your...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul E. Macy - Gainesville, GA

“Dearest Priya, I cannot express the sorrow I felt at hearing the news of the loss of your husband. I want you to know how deeply sorry we are for...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Jaya Mukherjee - Tokyo, IL

“James was an inspiring, passionate and dedicated surgeon and teacher. I am honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him and learn...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Eanas Yassa - MI

“My hope and prayer is that James' family will somehow, someway find peace and comfort during this very difficult time. RIP my cousin and dear...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Jean Clabeaux - Grand Island, NY

“To the Mezhir, Calvano, and Nanula families, My deepest and sincerest condolences of your loss in the passing of...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Joseph Orsini - Niagara Falls, NY

“Dearest Priya: May God hold you and your daughters close by during this time. I pray that all can hold tight to the memories of James as husband,...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Larry Westfall - EDWARDSBURG, MI

“Dear Priya and family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you. While I only met Dr. Mezhir a couple of times, I want you to know how...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa - Waterloo, IA

“To: Jim Mezhir- From Sam Leone. Jim, I am so sorry read about loss of your son. I share in your grief and pain. I see he has a brilliant young man...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Sam Leone - Buffalo, NY

“My condolences to the Mezhir family. I remember Jim as a young man on Carlton 3 in the late 1980's. I worked with him when he was a resident at...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy

“Dear Priya and family of Dr. Mezhir, I was a patient of James for more than 3-1/2 years. The first appointment I had with him I came to know how...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael and Carol Alber - IA

“I send my sincere condolences during this very difficult time. May you all find comfort from the words found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14. ”
22 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“James was my surgery resident when I was a medical student, and he is one of only two residents I remember from my training. He always took time to...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephanie Leeds - Old Greenwich, CT

“I send my sincere condolences during this very difficult time. May you all find comfort from the words found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14. ”
24 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Sending my deepest sympathy. Dr. Mezhir was an amazing surgeon. He did surgery on my husband and we were able to have another three years of...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Trudy - Friend

“My deepest respexts ”
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Heather Miller - NY

“My deepest condolences to his wife and girls. Dr. Mezhir was my dads doctor about five years ago. I will never forget his smile, kindness and the...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Casey

“Thinking of you all at this heartbreaking time. Forever in our thoughts and prayers ”
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Lavinia, Mark, Graziella and Benedicto

“I remember James as a resident at the University of Chicago. He was a delight to work with. What a wonderful career. Sorry that it ended so soon. ”
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer - Bloomington, IN

“Dr. Mezhir was such a wonderful person and surgeon! One day he came into the operating room and asked how everyone was doing. I just shook my head...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynn Fitzpatrick - Coralville, IA

“My family and I came to know Dr. Mehzir during some of the hardest days of our lives after my mother became very ill from a surgical complication. ...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Carissa Spain - DeWitt, IA

“My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Dr. Mezhir. He performed surgery on me over three years ago to treat a tumor in my liver. It was an...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Rohweder - Grundy Center, IA

“We are truly sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache for you and your family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this most difficult...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Kevin, Charlene, Chad & Casey Kelly - NY

“To the family of James we would like to extend our condolences. What an accomplished young man with a beautiful family who was taken away much too...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol and Terry Henschel - NY

“I worked as a secretary in the University of Iowa Department of Surgery at the time Dr. Mezhir was hired, and we had occasion to work together from...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Judy Pope - Iowa City, IA

“I was deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Mezhir's passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. My dad had pancreatic cancer and Dr....Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Shawna Viktor - Davenport, IA

“My deepest condolences to everyone. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Kelly Clark - Grand Island, NY

“There are no words to describe how much Dr. Mezhir meant to myself and my family, he took care of my father several years ago and gave my dad another...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“To Priya, Malinee and Anjali, you have our deepest sympathy and will be in our prayers at this difficult time. ”
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Colleen Sedlacek - Tiffin, IA

“So sorry to hear of Jamie's passing it seems like just yesterday I would see him and his brothers over my fence in deveaux,swimming in their pool. My...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Mrs frank paynter - NY - Neighbor

“May you enjoy your eternal reward with God in Heaven for your service to Him and all his children during your too short journey here on Earth. Rest...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: - IA

“We are sorry for the loss of Dr. Mezhir. We send our sympathies to his family and to his community. He was the good doctor for our nephew who was...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Bonnie Baker - Greentop, MO

“Anjali, Malinee and Priya, you are all in my prayers and have my deepest sympathy. Girls, your dad was so very proud of both of you! ”
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie Lacina - Iowa City, IA

“He was dedicated to making a difference for his patients and the residents he helped train. ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Andrew Philip

“Dear Priya, Malinee, and Anjali:James' was a great colleague and friend of the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program at the University of Iowa....Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Douglas Spitz - Iowa City, IA

The Man of the Year “I am a better person for knowing James, and sadness isn't a strong enough word to describe how I feel. James devoted his life to helping people, he...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Terry Gromacki - Iowa City, IA

“Virginia, we are so heartbroken over the passing of your son James,what a fabulous legacy he left. He is definitely an angel looking over his wife...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: June and James Bruno - FL

“With all our love, and deepest sympathy. The Wardynskis ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa and Skip Wardynski - Buffalo, NY

“Virginia. No words can make your hurt disappear. My deepest condolences to uou and your family. ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Marianna Pisano - Friend

“Nicholas and I send our loving thoughts and prayers to every one in the Mezhir Family. We have know Jamie since he was a young man and watched and...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Catherine and Nicholas LoCascio - FL

“Godmother Savino Johhnny please accept my sincerest and deepest sympathy for your loss. I hope it comforts everyone that you are not alone and I...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Peter DeMarti - Henderson, NV

“I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Mehzir's passing. I only met him one time and that was after her performed the Whipple surgery on my father four years...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Kaye Rollins-Siders

“I am so sorry to hear this. James was not only a childhood friend to me he was a great friend to so many. I have such great memories of him. My...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa Paynter - Niagara Falls, NY

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Mezhir's passing. He was a dedicated and gifted surgeon and I enjoyed working with him. His concern for his...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary O'Brien, CRNA - Swisher, IA

“I am so sorry and shocked to hear about the loss of Jim. My family and I knew him very well during his late high school and early college years. He...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Erin Meyer Bongiovanni - NY

“Dr. Mezhir walked into our lives on a day we didn't know how much we would come to cherish him, his skill as a doctor, and his attitude as a person....Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Gene Richter - Solon, IA - Friend

“I will remember Jim as an extremely kind and compassionate physician and colleague. Clark J. Obr, M.D. ”
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Clark J. Obr M.D. - Coralvlle, IA

“To the Mezhir Family I am sorry for your loss. Please except my deepest condolences. May God Bless him and may he rest in peace with our Lord and...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Bax - Niagara Falls, NY

“My deepest sympathy for your loss! In a way, I feel I am the first of Jaimie's "patients". At 17, I had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Trish (Barthel) Pileggi - NY

“Priya and family,I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your husband, father, friend and companion. He impacted so many residents with his eagerness...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Hagen - Boulder,, CO

“Our hearts are heavy today to learn of Jim's passing, he was one of my sons closest childhood friends and will always be remembered as one of the...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Monica Swain and Family - NY

“My deepest condolences Dr.Mezhir was not only a great physician but also a wonderful human being. I am sure he will be missed by everyone he touched...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Gary Ricketts - Molibe, IL

“My sincere sympathy and condolences to your whole family at this very sad time. Love hugs and prayers. ”
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Tricia Harpster - Tonawanda, NY

“I'll miss you forever Jim. Words do no justice as to how much you meant to me. ”
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Bruce S Swain - Grand Island, NY

“My thoughts and prayers with Dr. Mezhir. I worked with him at university of chicago ”
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Pamela merriman rn - Chicago, IL

“My deepest condolences go out to Jim's friends and family. I went to school with Jim. He had a kind and gentle soul. He was always smiling. It's...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Megan Hug - Friend

“I have tears in my eyes as I read through all of the memory book entries. James touched the lives of so many people through performing difficult...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Lois Bird - Iowa City, IA

“Priya, Our lives crossed in what seems like a blink in time. It, however, has made a lasting impression on our family. James' kindness and...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa Dyer - Memphis, TN

“To the family of Dr. Mezhir: As I sit and read the wonderful tributes to Dr. Mezhir, I find that he must have treated everyone the same as he...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Bob and Suzi Webb - West Liberty, IA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to Jim's family. I grew up with James, and he was extraordinarily nice as a child. I am so proud of him now as I read...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Wegfehrt

“My deepest sympathies. Dr. Mezhir performed surgery on my father in 2013. We have never had a surgeon and team so caring as they were. Unfortunately,...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen LaGrange - Swisher, IA

“So sorry for your loss. James was a great guy. I knew him when he lived in Niagara Falls, NY ”
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Kory Kochan - Niagara Falls, NY

“To a man who dedicated so much of his life to his patients and research, who was always pleasant to work with and had a great sense of humor. May his...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Laurence McFerren - Iowa City, IA

“Four years ago last month I hugged the Dr., I had to, he had just performed the miracle of removing a 15 pound tumor from my wife. I can still hear...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Dulaney - Cedar Rapids, IA

“Dr Mezhir performed the Whipple 2years ago on my husband and did a superb job. His bedside manner was awesome! My husband was a retired US Marshal...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Blome - Cedar Rapids, IA

“My condolences to the Mezhir family. I am lost for words. Jim was a great man and physician. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Kim Hemm - Washington, IA

“I met James through little league baseball in Niagara Falls. He became one of my best friends and was the most genuine person I have ever met. I...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: John Rizzo - Rochester, NY

“I met James when I was faculty at UIHC. Very good surgeon, great guy outside the OR. I was inspired by his courage when he continued to work and be...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Avi Kumar - Nashville, TN

“Dr. Mehzir diagnosed my husband with pancreatic cancer almost 2 years ago. He sat in the office with us, took my husband by the shoulders, looked him...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynne Rothrock - Cedar Rapids, IA

“Dr. Mezhir was my surgeon in 2013. I have such vivid memories of his taking my hands and telling me that he will take good care of me. His...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Joann Chizek - Tipton, IA

“There are no words to be spoken to express our heartfelt sympathy. We now have an extra angel watching over all of us. Know that we are here for all...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Phil, Cheryl, Philip & Kara - NY

“We are deeply saddened and at a loss for words. Please know that your family is in our prayers and hearts and we stand beside you in sorrow. James ...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: George & Kamila Mejias - IA

“Our whole family was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the most amazing doctor we experienced during our journey with my mother-in-law Jan...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Lindsay Niebes - Blairstown, IA

“Priya our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Darrel and I will be forever grateful to James for the gift of life he gave...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Darrel and Cynthia Courtney - IA

“He was a great Doctor, well liked by all his patients. He genuinely cared for his patients and prayed for them. He will be greatly missed. ”
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Samuel K. Wood - Cedar Rapids, IA

“I am so sad to hear of the loss of Dr Mezhir. When my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer he was given just a couple months to live. Dr. Mezhir...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Amy Friedel

“Because of Dr. Mezhir, we were able to have over 2 good years with my dad before he passed away from pancreatic cancer. He got to walk me down the...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Carrie Campbell - Palo, IA

“Dear Virginia, My deepest sympathy to you, Savino and John with the passing of James. I met him almost 34 years ago as a sweet and kind boy and in a...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Ferenc - Grand Island, NY

“I am sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Mezhir. I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. He performed Whipple surgery on me 3 years ago. I am doing good...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Terri Moenck - Cedar Rapids

“I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Mezhir's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him as a staff nurse on 4JPW. My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Mezhir...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Becky Latta - Lone Tree, IA

“James was an amazing person. His energy and enthusiasm for his research was one of a kind. He will be greatly missed. ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Alicia Olivier - Starkville, MS

“I was so sad to hear of James' passing. I have had the pleasure of working with him at the Journal of Surgical Research for several years now. He was...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Newcombe - Plymouth, MA

“Dear Priya, Malinee, and Anjali,My prayers are with you.Your dear husband and father is now in God's gentle hands. Please know others are praying for...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Celeste Vincent - Iowa City, IA

“To the family and friends of James: I am heartbroken to hear this news. Please accept my deepest condolences. James was such a unique and amazing...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Lyse Norian - Birmingham, AL

“I am so sad to hear of dr. Mezhir passing. He was a wonderful surgeon and save my life in 2012 removing a mass from my pancreas. He really cared...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Peggy Hangartner - postville

“Dear Priya and girls, We are so sorry for your loss. I still remember those wonderful times we shared as friends and neighbors. We remember James as...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Fang Lin - Iowa city, IA

“My most sincere condolences to the Mezhir family. Doctor Mezhir and his team took care of me with tremendous compassion ,skill and faith during my...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Sally Robbins & Family - IA

“Dr. Mezhir, a compassionate surgeon who cared for his patients as if they were his family. We lost a caring person who's skills were matched only by...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Kamath Family - Iowa City, IA

“So Sorry to hear of Dr. Mezhir passing. He was an amazing person. After finding out my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013. He sat...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Marlus K. LaKose & Family - IA

“Dr. Mezhir was a man of rare and remarkable courage, empathy, and faith. I walked away from every personal and professional interaction I ever had...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Clifford Cho - Madison, WI


Dr. James J. Mezhir, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, passed away February 3, 2016 after a nearly two year battle with gastric cancer.

James Mezhir was born June 28, 1973 in Niagara Falls, New York. He and his wife, Priya George Mezhir, have two young daughters, Malinee and Anjali. Dr. Mezhir's journey to becoming a physician is a unique experience in that he was a 25 year survivor of cancer. When he was a teenager, James was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after undergoing a Whipple procedure for bile duct obstruction. He underwent 12-months of chemotherapy and had been cancer free since that time. Being cured of cancer is what drove Dr. Mezhir toward caring for cancer patients and into the research field. He wanted to show children diagnosed with this disease that there is a future and life after cancer.

Dr. Mezhir attended medical school at the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York and he completed his residency at the University of Chicago under the training of Drs. Mitchell Posner and Jeffrey Matthews, at which time he completed two years of dedicated basic science research in the laboratory of Dr. Ralph Weischselbaum. Dr. Mezhir continued his training as a fellow in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he worked closely with Dr. Ron DeMatteo and Dr. Murray Brennan. Dr. Mezhir was recruited to the University of Iowa in 2010, where he became a valued member of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

As a Surgical Oncologist, his primary clinical practice was in the treatment of pancreatic cancer and other GI cancers. He collaborated with many basic scientists and clinicians in multiple disciplines in an effort to advance the field of pancreatic cancer research. Through his laboratory efforts, which focused on elucidating the complex biology of pancreatic and gastric cancer, Dr. Mezhir made novel discoveries in the biology of pancreatic and gastric cancer that will continue to have important translational implications that will eventually lead to novel therapies for these GI malignancies. Dr. Mezhir had over 50 peer reviewed publications and was on the editorial board of 6 surgical and scientific journals. Through these activities and his publications, he made a substantive impact on the medical literature. His laboratory was supported by an American Surgical Association Foundation fellowship, the Department of Surgery, and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Grateful patients and their families also generously supported Dr. Mezhir's research endeavors.

Dr. Mezhir was named as one of Castle Connelly's America's Top Doctors in 2015; he was a nominee for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2014; he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the General Surgery Residents at the University of Iowa as well as the Teacher of the Year Award from the General Surgery Medical Students at the University of Iowa in 2012. Prior to his years at the University of Iowa he received awards for Most Outstanding Clinical Research at the Charles Huggins Research Competition in Chicago, IL in 2004 and Most Outstanding Surgical Research at the Chicago Surgical Society in 2005. He will be deeply missed by his peers, trainees and patients.

Memorial services will be held at 3pm Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the River Community Church in Iowa City with the Reverend Tommy Roberts Officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the "James Mezhir Memorial Fund" c/o Elizabeth Mezhir (mail to the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service @ 2720 Muscatine Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240) which has been established for his daughters, Malinee and Anjali's education.