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OBIT: William F. Siebert, 58, U.S. Navy Commander, WHS Graduate

Siebert, 58, was a Wayland High School graduate.

William (Bill) F. Siebert, Jr. D.O., FACP, 58, beloved physician on Cape Cod, passed away on December 12, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends, as well as his beloved dogs. Bill was born on July 17, 1955, in Arlington, MA. He graduated from Wayland High School June 3, 1973, where he served as the Editor of the Junior and Senior yearbooks. He then attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME graduating in May 1978, with degrees in Biology, The Classics, and a minor in Journalism. Bill earned the Highland Lockwood Fairbanks Award in Literature in 1977. He then attended the University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO, graduating in 1981 with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. Dr. Siebert completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, followed by one year of Critical Care Medicine Training at the Naval Regional Medicine Center (NRMC) Oakland, CA.

He served several years as the Medical Director, Critical Care Medicine, at the NRMC Oakland, and during this period was very instrumental in designing and outfitting the ICUs for the new Navy Hospital ships. Dr. Siebert completed numerous fleet tours while on Active Duty, including tours with the U.S.N.S. Mercy, U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Navy Seabees. Bill was then offered and accepted a Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, which he completed in 1990.

Bill was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He remained at the Medical Center as Director of Endoscopy and Consultant to the Attending Physician, (Admiral Robert C. J. Krasner, M.D., FACP) U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., where he provided direct patient care for the members of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and other dignitaries. After attaining the rank of Commander and 11 years of U.S. Navy service, Dr. Siebert accepted the position of Chief of Digestive Diseases at the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center West Palm Beach, FL., where he later served as the Chief of Medicine, Chief of Acute Care, and Physician Director of the Nutritional Support Team.

In addition to his teaching and patient care duties, Bill was a part of the team that developed the computerized medical record that is currently utilized throughout the VA Medical Centers. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, and Nova University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 2001, Bill relocated to Cape Cod to be with his family. He worked with the Medical Affiliates of Cape Cod before opening his own very successful private practice, Cape and Islands Digestive Disease Associates, P.C., (CAIDDA). In 2006, Dr. Siebert, joined with Drs. Paul Siegel and Alex Nader, opening the Cape and Islands Endoscopy Center, LLC, (CAIEC) which became the state of the art Ambulatory Surgical Center in New England.

Dr. Siebert enjoyed a stellar career as a Gastroenterologist and was a highly skilled endoscopist. He also possessed a wonderful sense of humor. Many of his friends and co-workers at the Center fondly remember his unquenchable thirst for knowledge, current events review at 8 a.m., and weird news of the day at 11 a.m. He loved to do research and if you mentioned you were planning a trip, buying a car, or any interest, he would produce pages of information to help you in your quest. He ended every day with a thank you to his assistants and co-workers. Bill was a caring and compassionate physician and highly organized always with lists in hand. Bill possessed many interests. He loved the beaches on Cape Cod and Florida, hikes in the salt marshes, the beauty that is only Cape Cod, (even the aroma of low tide in the salt marshes), bike rides, the beauty of the music and meaning of Christmas, and assisting in placing rescue dogs in forever homes, (two Chihuahuas and a mini dachshund into his own home).

Bill also championed causes for homeless dogs and elephant rescue. He really enjoyed visiting Rosie and Opal at Hope Elephants in Hope, ME. His generosity and love for his mother and sister extended through even some of his own difficult days, while still caring for his entire family from his bed. Bill was happiest spending quiet time at home with Paul and the dogs reading and enjoying the beautiful gardens. He will also be remembered for his warm brown eyes, endearing smile, and boundless energy.

Bill is survived by his beloved husband and best friend of 35 years, S. Paul Winkel, of Yarmouth Port, brother Wesley E. Siebert (Cacina) of Oklahoma City, OK, nieces Amy Rey (Angel) of Miami, FL. and Amanda Friend of Indianapolis, IN, loving friends Lee Giroux of Yarmouth Port and Marie Boyd of Yarmouth Port, and his loving dogs, Heidi, Ricky, Kayla, and Kodiak. Bill was predeceased by his mother Pauline J. Siebert-Laier on November 22, 2013, father William F. Siebert, Sr., stepfather Carl R. Laier, and sister June H. Siebert on September 29, 2013. The family and loved ones of Bill wish to thank the wonderful and caring people at the VNA and VNA Hospice of Cape Cod, Dana Farber Medical Center, C-Lab at the Wilkens Center, the Oncology service, Radiation Oncology service, and Cardiovascular Procedure Suite at Cape Cod Hospital. We wish to personally extend our sincere gratitude to Rev. Mariah Jordan, Lisa Byrne, R.N., Mary-Ellen Taplin, M.D., Philip J. Dombrowski, M.D., Daniel Canaday, M.D., the fantastic EMTs and paramedics at Yarmouth Port Fire and Rescue, and the very caring staff at Hallett Funeral Home. 

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