Dr. Ethan Ross Sellers passed away on July 4, 2019. Dr. Sellers was a 2016 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He then attended the Family Medicine Residency program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Vallejo and graduated in June 2019. Ethan was to continue his education with a Palliative Care Fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center. During both Medical School and Residency, Dr. Sellers was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Ethan loved life and lived it to its fullest. His hearts' desire was to serve others, and although his time in medicine was brief, he touched many lives, bringing his warmth, compassion and kindness to all. He had a passion for writing and participated in literary circles and had published several of his pieces. He was an avid outdoorsman and was equally thrilled by climbing a mountain or strolling on a beach. More than anything he loved people - making connections, helping anyone he could, sharing his enthusiasm for life.
"Dr. Sellers was a wonderfully humanistic person; an outstanding physician who really took the time to get to know his patients,” said Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center Family Residency Program Director Ted O’Connell. “He was a gifted physician and would have been a brilliant palliative care physician. Ethan had a infectious personality; a love for life, and he really cared about the community around him. The world lost a wonderful spirit; a gifted physician who was just beginning his career."
The Dr. Ethan R. Sellers Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor his memory. The fund will award scholarships to students who are pursuing pre-health studies or health professions graduate school, and who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or are underrepresented in healthcare professions.
Dr. Sellers enjoyed writing and was often inspried by the places he visited, people he met and experiences he encountered. A Home Within the Chest is a poem (click the link) that Ethan wrote during a medical outreach trip to Honduras. Dr. Sellers treated the patient he writes about, while practicing medicine in a rural mountainside mobile clinic. He was both moved by the openness and trust of the people and frustrated by the lack of resources avalable for the village.
Photos shown below (left to right): Ethan and partner Van in Iceland; Ethan on the NorCal Coast; Ethan's Kaiser Permanente Vallejo photo; Ethan and brother Jordan at Jordan's college graduation; Ethan and parents in Key West; Ethan's family in Philadelphia on Mother's Day 2019.