Dr. Michel N. Sultan, January 21, 1937 - April 11, 2019

Dr. Michel N. Sultan
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 A devoted husband for fifty-four years, he was a partner in a lifetime of adventures with his wife Cathy. Loving and generous, he was the best of fathers to his children Naim and Nayla; to his daughter-in-law Maria-Teresa, and grandchildren Caterina, Ceiba and Mishka. A dedicated physician, he was beloved by his patients. He enjoyed long walks in nature, star gazing, listening to classical music and reading French poetry. He was a longtime member of Le Salon Français.

Dr. Michel Sultan died peacefully at home after a valiant struggle with ALS.

He is also survived by his sister Andrée, his brothers Jacques and Raymond, and all his nieces and nephews.

A 1964 graduate of the Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth’s Faculté de Médecine, Dr. Sultan completed his medical training in Washington, D.C., Boston and Madison, WI. In 1969, he moved his family to Beirut where he practiced gastroenterology for fifteen years. In 1984, he escaped the Lebanese civil war to re-settle his family in Eau Claire. For the next twenty-five years, he worked as a gastroenterologist at both Sacred Heart Hospital and Oakleaf Surgical Hospital. With his then-partner, the late Dr. Jahn Hansen, he founded Eau Claire GI Associates.

Dr. Sultan served on the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors representing District 10. He was a founding member of the Eau Claire Community Foundation and through it endowed a fund for the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic. He was also a member of the Blue Gold Society at UW-Eau Claire, a Century Club contributor and Director’s Circle member at the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

His work is done. May he rest in peace.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to his caregivers Elaine, Janice, Kairo and Kathy, to St. Joseph’s Hospice and in particular to Staci, Faye, John and Roxanne for their loving care, and to his friends in the community for their kind and generous support.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 5 pm on Monday, April 29, 2019 in the Clearwater Room on the 3rd floor of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham, Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with the Rev. Dr. Mark X. Pirazzini officiating.  Memorial visitation will take place on Monday afternoon at the Pablo Center from 3:30 pm until the time of service.  Visitation will continue at the conclusion of the service while refreshments are served.  A private family funeral will be held in Beirut, Lebanon in May. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be directed to the Eau Claire Community Foundation.  

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Sandy Ender April 25, 2019

    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. A wonderful physician to work with at Sacred Heart Hospital. He treated everyone with respect and kindness.

  2. Marian O'Brien April 24, 2019

    Dear Cathy, Naim and Nayla, my sorrow for your loss... with much love.

  3. Amy Dwyer April 23, 2019

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of Dr. Sultan. I had the privilege of working with him for many years at Sacred Heart; he was an excellent physician. His quiet, competent, respectful care of all patients was always evident, and as nurses, we enjoyed working with him. May you find comfort in knowing how respected he was. Blessings to all of you.

  4. Ted and Wilhelmina Fischer April 23, 2019

    Dear Kathy and family
    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Michel, he was such a gentle man, we will miss him.
    So many fond memories of dinners and concerts with him, may he rest in peace.
    Our hearts are with you and your family.
    Ted and Wilhelmina Fischer

  5. Renée and Denis Codsi April 22, 2019

    With our deepest condolence and our prayers for your loss. May Michel Rest In Peace. He was a good friend and a great doctor. He will be missed!

  6. Mahmoud and Maria Ahme April 22, 2019

    Dear Kathy,
    Maria and I send you our most sincere condolences for your great loss .
    Dr Sultan was the model of being a kind compassionate human being and a doctor. He cared about people.
    He will be greatly missed!

  7. Barbara Gosch April 22, 2019

    Dear Cathy & family,
    I just read about Michel in Sunday's paper, and want to tell you how much he will be missed for all he contibuted in serving both the medical and Eau Claire community. I will remember meeting him with you at parties and his warm & friendly personality, intelligence and sharpt wit. My condolensces go out to you.
    Barbara Tzetzo Gosch

  8. Marilyn Bowe April 21, 2019

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family. I had the honor of being one of his patients for over a decade before his retirement. I’ll always remember his kind and compassionate manner.

  9. Pat LuCore April 21, 2019

    Dr. Sultan was kind and caring to all the patients he served. He was also collaborative with nurses. I had the privilege to work with him at Sacred Heart Hospital. He brought so much to the Eau Claire area. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

  10. Kristin and Brent Wogahn April 19, 2019

    Sincere condolences for your loss. Michel was one of the first fellow physicians we met when we moved to Eau Claire, and he was always helpful and encouraging. He was a true example of what we strive to be as physicians. He had the best smile that could brighten your day. He will be sorely missed.

  11. Alice Hansen and Family April 16, 2019

    Dearest Cathy and Family,
    I was saddened to hear of Michel’s illness and death.
    I am thinking that, just as you and Michel welcomed Jahn and I to Eau Claire, where Jahn started practicing Gastroenterology with Michel, Jahn’s spirit will welcome Michel’s spirit, into the heavens.
    With love and kindest regards, Alice Hansen, Espen and Kate.♥️

  12. Barbara and Jack Pladziewicz April 16, 2019

    We will miss Michel's captivating smile, quick wit and gentle spirit. Truly a wonderful man.

  13. Kris Reesman April 16, 2019

    My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you, Cathy, and your family. Dr Sultan was always kind and positive whenever I saw him. As a physician just starting my practice 15 years ago he never missed an opportunity to help me feel comfortable and welcome. He was always willing to help with patients and with any opportunities afforded him to help me learn from his expertise. He is missed by many. God bless him.

  14. joseph w rucker April 16, 2019

    It is with such sadness that I heard of Michel's passing. He was a wonderful man and a great physician. I will miss him as a friend and as a colleague. My sincere wishes go out to his family.

  15. Jan and Christine Stauss April 15, 2019

    Dear Cathy,
    We are so sorry to hear this. We will very much miss Michel and are grateful that we got to know him. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
    Jan and Christine

  16. Heidi M. Sanders April 13, 2019

    Cathy and family, my deepest condolences on Michel's passing. Michel was such a fun character when he would come into the store, he will truly be misses.
    May you all find comfort within you memories of Michel and as you celebrate his life.

    Sending love,
    Heidi Sanders

  17. Lorraine Henning April 13, 2019

    I am saddened by the passing of Dr. Michel Sultan. He was a gentle, generous man. My condolences to Cathy and family.

  18. Brady & Jeanne Foust April 13, 2019

    We will miss Miche very, very much. He was a wonderful man and we are honored to have known him. All our best to the family.

  19. Cleo young April 12, 2019

    Please excuse that I spelled your name wrong in my previous message. Realized as soon as I sent!

  20. Cleo young April 12, 2019

    Erika called to let us know of Michel’s passing after reading the paper this morning. She said he was under hospice care so apparently he had an illness.
    We were so saddened to hear this! Please know that we have your family in our thoughts and pray for peace for all of you.
    Jack & Cleo