We’re thrilled to announce that Patient, A Surgeon’s Journey is now available on DVD and Video on Demand. Order your copy today.

About the film

Patient, A Surgeon’s Journey tells the story of Jeffrey Piehler, a driven, self-described work obsessed surgeon. When an incurable cancer diagnosis changes his perception of medicine and healing, Jeff reevaluates his priorities and moves his life in directions he never expected. He travels, expands his horizons, initiates important talks with his family and loved ones, and lectures to medical students.

Inspired by Jeff’s journey and his message of embracing mortality, Jeff’s peers banded together to bring his message to the world. In Jeff’s own words, “No one wants to talk about dying, but everyone wants to talk about dying.”

Marking points of profound inspiration for Jeff, Patient, A Surgeon’s Journey premiered at the Carmel International Film Festival, and in Dr. Piehler’s home town at the Kansas City Film Fest, and is currently booking screening events at some of the nation's most prestigious medical institutions.

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Ashes to Ashes, but First a Nice Pine Box

by Jeff Piehler

About Jeff

Jeffrey Piehler graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1973, completed his general surgery training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and completed his thoracic and cardiovascular surgery training at the Mayo Clinic. After joining the staff at Mayo in 1980, Jeff committed to a grueling work schedule, often running three operating rooms at a time. He performed thousands of surgeries, mentored residents, and published over 100 academic papers.

In 1986, Jeff moved to Kansas City, married his wife, Jean, and continued his pursuit of perfection in his field. But in 2005, Jeff retired from surgery. Treatments for an aggressive form of terminal prostate cancer had made his fingers numb.

Thrown into a new phase of his life and faced with his own mortality, Jeff’s life took a dramatic turn. His experience, his honesty, and his ultimate enlightenment are chronicled in Jeff’s own words in Patient, A Surgeon’s Journey.

Cast and Crew

The film features interviews with

Jeffrey Piehler

Jean Piehler

Peter Warren

Peter Van Veldhuizen

 

Content Supporters

Linda and Peter VanVeldhuizen

Joaquina Baranda

Suman & Mythili Kambhampati

Gary Doolittle

Theresa Otto

Jennifer Heins

Kathey Huey

Reginald & Jill Dusing

The Jones Family

Production Team

Director, Producer

Aimee Larrabee

 

Executive Producers

Tom Rooker

Bob Wiley

 

Associate Producer

Rebecca Boeshaar

 

Editor

Jordon Rioux

 

Original Score

John Mistler

 

Art Direction

Christopher Valladolid Gonzalez

 

Original Still Photography

Jeffrey Piehler

Shari Hartbauer

 

Cinematographers

Jordon Rioux

Tim Ahlin

Tony Bennet

Rebecca Boeshaar

Christopher Knitter

Animator

Kyle Hamrick

 

Location Manager

Benjamin Piehler

 

Post Production Sound

Chapman Recording and Mastering

 

Location Sound Recording

Mike Savage

 

Additional Animations

Jordon Rioux

Christopher Valladolid Gonzalez

 

Assistant Editor

Rebecca Boeshaar

 

Special Thanks

The Medical News Network at University of Kansas Hospital

The University of Kansas Hospital doctors and staff

The University of Kansas School of Medicine

Sherri Photography

Dan Green, OMG Group

 

Press

Audience Reviews

“What an important, soul-searching and challenging film…to bring to the medical community and the world.”

“It will change the discussion of compassionate care.”

“What a gift the Piehler family has given to all by allowing such an intimate documentary to be made and shown so that we may all reflect on the impact our daily interactions have on others, how we spend our time, and the larger purposes of our lives.”

“I thought right afterwards – I want to see that again and again.”

“As a medical student, it was an amazing and brave discussion starter."

“My husband, who usually (well actually never) will talk about death, dying or feelings talked nonstop about the film all the way home last night. I was shocked and amazed.”

“A very important legacy.”

“I found myself so enlightened and thinking deeply about my own life’s journey and purpose.”

“Amazing moments and revelations leading to a deeper understanding of the meaning of life.”

“It will help many people; the doctors, the patients and the patients’ families. Well, just anyone who would watch it would benefit from its message.”

Contact Us

Phone:  (816) 892-0917

 

Email:  info@inlandseaproductions.com

 

Mail: Post Office Box 352, Overland Park, KS 66202