Medina doctor influential in bringing modern medicine to the community

Posted 15 April 2021 at 3:46 pm


We were greatly saddened by the news of Dr. Sterling’s passing. We were contemporaries practicing medicine in Medina. Actually, when I was looking for a place to establish my practice as a General Surgeon, Jim was a big factor in the decision to come to Medina. Dr. Sterling was the first in Medina to provide modern anesthesia. (As opposed to open drop ether method.) He was a pioneer in that sense in Medina.

Jim was a gentleman and a great friend and fun to be with. His wit and sense of humor is still legendary in our household and circle of friends (almost in a Yogi Berra-esque way).

As it turned out, Jim Sterling, with his huge family practice, was the biggest supporter of new doctors coming to the community and the community should be grateful to him for bringing modern medicine to Medina.

We will miss Jim! RIP! Our sympathies to Ilya and the family.

Sal & Kris Abbasey