Dr. Joel Eisenberg, MD, Class of 1971

img_2545-copyAs a child growing up in Ste. Genevieve, Joel Eisenberg was forced to grow up quickly when at the age of 10, his father, Paul, passed away. Joel became the rock of his family for his mother, Marcia, and his siblings, Stanley and Susie. Joel credits many teachers from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District for inspiring and motivating him. His 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Ernst, for taking him aside and telling him he was goofing off too much and not working up to his potential, and he took her advice to heart. His 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Underwood, encouraged an early interest in medicine. Of special note of influence growing up was a high school teacher, Mr. Eugene Coffman, father of his best friend, Joe Coffman, who became a 2nd father figure after the passing of his own father. Joel excelled academically at SGHS, becoming the valedictorian of the Class of 1971, as well as in extracurricular activities including band, basketball, and the lead role in the school musical.

Mr. Eisenberg completed his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri, receiving his bachelor degree in biology in 1975, while at the same time meeting his future wife, Gail. He was accepted into the St. Louis University School of Medicine and graduated Cum Laude in 1979, forever owing his gratitude to his mother, Marcia, for the sacrifices she made to pay for his schooling. Joel and Gail were married after his first year of medical school. Dr. Eisenberg continued work at St. Louis University as a resident in Internal Medicine, becoming co-chief resident in 1981. In 1982, he accepted a teaching position in the prestigious cardiology program at Washington University/Barnes Hospital for the next three years. Dr. Eisenberg passed all of his medical board exams in the 90th percentile. Longing to practice cardiovascular medicine, in 1985, Dr. Eisenberg joined the staff at Cardiology Associates of LaPorte County in Indiana performing catheterizations, while later serving as the Chair of the Department of Medicine. In 1989, Dr. Eisenberg joined Lansing Cardiovascular Consultants in Lansing, Michigan, which included being on staff at Michigan State University teaching medical students and residents. In 1990, he was granted a sabbatical to learn percutaneous coronary angioplasty under the tutelage of one of its great pioneers, Dr. William O’Neill, in Detroit, and became the first cardiologist to perform a stent procedure and emergency angioplasty in Lansing, Michigan.

After many years of 100-hour work weeks and being on call at night and on weekends for emergencies, Dr. Eisenberg missed having quality family time with his wife and three children. In 1996, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University in the Department of Internal Medicine as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Invasive Cardiology teaching full time to medical students, while continuing call limited to emergency cardiac catheterization and angioplasty. As Chair of the M.I. Practice Team at Sparrow Hospital, he led a group of medical professionals whose advances led to making Emergency Angioplasty the standard of care at Sparrow Hospital, saving the lives of countless patients. Also, at this time, he volunteered to serve on the Admissions Committee at Michigan State University.

But, once again, Dr. Eisenberg found himself working more and more hours with additional responsibilities at Michigan State. In 2003, he decided that for once in his life he wanted to practice medicine on his own terms, and opened his own private practice in Lansing, Michigan, with his wife, Gail, working as his office manager and receptionist, along with one nurse and a technologist. But, as his business grew, he soon realized so were the time demands on both him and Gail, and, in 2006, he made the decision to joined Mid Michigan Physicians P.C. to help start a cardiology division. He was made a partner in his second year with Mid Michigan Physicians. He continued working for MMP until retiring as a partner in 2015.

Dr. Eisenberg has had numerous papers published in medical journals and contributed to multiple medical textbooks and abstracts, as well as making presentations at many professional medical and cardiology conferences. From 2011 thru 2013, he was included in the list of “Best Doctors” in America. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and a Fellowship in the American College of Cardiology. He served as Chairperson for the Department of Medicine and the Cardiology Committee Chairperson at LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte, Indiana, from 1988-89, the Vice-Chairperson of the Critical Care Committee, Associate Medical Director of Cardiology Services, and the Chairperson of the M.I. Practice Team at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan in 1995-96, and on the Michigan State University Medical School Admissions Committee from 2000-2003.

Joel Eisenberg is the son of Marcia Eisenberg of Ste. Genevieve and the late Paul Eisenberg. Dr. Eisenberg was known as a compassionate and caring doctor in his medical community, and his passion for caring for others carried forward to his community life and religious life. He especially loved mentoring and teaching the medical students at Michigan State University. Dr. Eisenberg is well-respected in the medical community and always put himself second when it came to the cardiology needs of those in the communities where he has lived, and remains involved in his religious community. Together, Joel and Gail have raised three children: Paul, a physician in Cleveland, Ohio, Elisha, a school teacher in Florida, and Michael, an aeronautical engineer with Boeing in Seattle. Joel has been a lifelong baseball fan and remains a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan.