Richard Haines Demir, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
March 13, 1958 - July 31, 2022
Scottsdale - Richard Haines Demir passed away on the evening of July 31st, 2022. Richard was born on March 13,1958 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was the only child of Vivian Alice May Haines Demir and Richard N Demir. Richard grew up in Oak Park, Illinois where he attended Oak Park River Forest High School class of 1976. Richard was awarded the MENSA award in 1976.
He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1980 at Tulane University New Orleans, LA. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine in 1984 at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He was a Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1988, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. He was recognized by numerous honor societies.
Dr. Demir continued on to start his own private practice in 1998. He was the Medical Director and President of Demir Medical Group until 2005. He built a thriving practice in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. Richard dedicated his career and time to serving the underprivileged women and children of the surrounding communities. Demir Medical Group delivered over 24,000 births during these three decades. DMG was the largest private OB/GYN practice in Illinois for several consecutive years. He has been a leader in the field of Minimally Invasive surgery since 1990.
When working with general surgeons, performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Elgin. He performed the first laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy in the Elgin area in 1991. He helped found the Society of Elite Laparoscopic Surgeons with the goal that every woman requiring Gynecologic Surgery should have access to Minimally Invasive treatment options.
From 1993-1995 he partnered with Norbert Gleicher, M.D., founder of Center for Human Reproduction. Together they started the first city-wide network of Infertility offices in the Chicago metropolitan area in response to Illinois becoming the seventh Infertility "entitlement" State. In 1994 Richard helped create The Demir Foundation to help finance the administration of needed immunizations to children of the working poor in the greater Elgin area. Notable accomplishments of the foundation include the $2,100,000 donation by Demir Medical Group. In addition, The Demir Foundation also dedicated in 1998 the "Seven at the Gates of Dawn" civic sculpture in Elgin and then In 1999 the foundation dedicated the "Raise the Flag" civic sculpture as well.
In 2007, Richard relocated to Arizona. In 2008 he was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Record for "Largest uterus ever removed laparoscopically without resorting to laparotomy", before starting his Pelvic Pain Program in Desert Women's Care, he was one of a few surgeons in the United States that was recognized for performing successful, high risk surgeries such as laparoscopic cerclage which he is a national referral center.
Richard was a kind, and loving husband to his wife Kelly A Demir of 27 years. They shared a love of music, art, food, travel, golf and unique adventures as they built their life together. Richards love for golf is immeasurable. In 2002, Richard earned the title of Dad. He was a natural, and he thrived in this role. He was his daughter's Morgan Erin and Jordan Taylor's biggest supporter, their loudest cheerleader and their idol, as they were his. They will forever cherish their time together and the unique lessons he taught them, in ways that only he could.
The Funeral service will be held Wednesday August 10, viewing at 5:00PM, and service at 6:00PM at Hansen's Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery, 6500 E Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Visit www.hansenmortuary.com for online condolences.