Patrick Ebenhoeh, M.D.


By: Alexander Golbin, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Ebenhoeh created the Department of Psychiatry at Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie, Illinois and became its first Chairman. Anyone who has ever had the occasion to meet Dr. Ebenhoeh has sensed his kindness and compassion. Colleagues in the department, as well as the entire hospital, admire him as a person and a leader.

He sees his mission as providing the best care for the patients, supporting new programs and encouraging young physicians to grow. He strongly supported the Sleep Disorder Program at Rush North Shore and helped it to grow from the beginning to the nationally recognized and fully accredited Sleep and Behavior Medicine Institute. Dr. Ebenhoeh is involved in sleep education, including consulting for Sleep & Health, our educational newspaper.

His life story is as interesting as his way of working with people. Half German and half Swiss origin, he inherited the best American Spirit of accepting other nationalities, cultures, different concepts and approaches, gently balancing opposite views with practical and useful solutions. He has seen all schools of psychiatry from early Freudian era to the modern Neuro-Chemical approach, and because of his wisdom, there were never dramatic or extreme swings in his department during all of his years.

Throughout his distinguished career, he was a student of psychiatry and mentor to many.

Dr. Ebenhoeh is an unusual blend of an advisory style of educator, wise administrator and excellent clinician-uniting all schools of thought to benefit his patients.

After dedicated service to the patients of Rush North Shore Medical Center for the past 16 years, Dr. Patrick Ebenhoeh will be retiring at the end of this month to devote his time to his family. He has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He plans to continue educational activities through his church, the Unitarian Church of Evanston, which emphasizes peaceful coexistence among different people and different ideas. We are fortunate to have known such a dedicated doctor and compassionate person as Dr. Patrick Ebenhoeh and wish him many healthy, active years ahead.