Shores officials honor top docs as hallowed healers

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 5, 2017

 Grosse Pointe Shores Mayor Ted Kedzierski, right, presents cardiologist Thomas LaLonde with a proclamation from the city recognizing his accomplishments in medicine during a March 21 City Council meeting.

Grosse Pointe Shores Mayor Ted Kedzierski, right, presents cardiologist Thomas LaLonde with a proclamation from the city recognizing his accomplishments in medicine during a March 21 City Council meeting.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores has a large number of leading medical professionals living in its boundaries, but officials deemed two in particular as especially worthy of singling out for recognition.

Dr. Thomas LaLonde and Dr. Edward W. Schervish, both of whom are on the staff of St. John Hospital and Medical Center, were saluted for their accomplishments with proclamations from the mayor and City Council during a March 21 council meeting.

LaLonde, who has lived in the Shores since 1994, was honored by the St. John Guild as 2016’s Physician of the Year. A cardiologist who specializes in invasive, clinical and interventional cardiology, LaLonde was appointed the hospital’s chief of the division of cardiology in 2008. He’s also an associate clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, which is his alma mater.

“Thank you so much,” LaLonde told Shores officials after being presented with the proclamation. “I’m extremely proud and (grateful) to receive this distinguished honor.”

Schervish, who has lived in the Shores for the last 17 years, was named the St. John Guild’s 2017 Physician of the Year. A partner with the Michigan Institute of Urology P.C., Schervish specializes in urologic oncology and minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery. He’s chair of the Cancer Committee at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and he served a two-year urologic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Like LaLonde, Schervish has educated fellow physicians, training them in the use of a robot for prostate removal.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this,” Schervish told Shores officials. “I’m proud to be a member of the Shores community also.”

Shores resident Dr. Raymond Rahi said he’s been a member of the medical staff at St. John Hospital for more than 20 years, and he was proud to be on the same staff as both of these honorees,

“There are no two people more worthy of being honored by the council here,” Rahi said. “I’m very proud that we have two very outstanding physicians in our community.”

Mayor Ted Kedzierski, who presented both doctors with their proclamations, said he and other city leaders feel the same way.

“We echo those words,” he said. “We’re also very proud of … our distinguished residents.”

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