James Teener Obituary, Death – We are saddened to inform you of the passing of our dearly loved colleague, Dr. James (Jim) Teener, who had been a part of the Michigan Medicine family since the early years of the new millennium. It is with a heavy heart that we have to make this announcement. After establishing our very first autonomic laboratory, he went on to serve for a number of years as director of the electromyography laboratory and director of the neuromuscular division. He is credited with discovering the autonomic nervous system.

The level of devotion that his patients displayed toward him and the care that he provided was extraordinary. Dr. Teener was a dedicated educator who oversaw the fellowship for a number of years. During that time, he served as its director. It didn’t matter to him whether he was instructing students, residents, or fellows; he loved it all.

In addition to that, people had very positive things to say about how generous and kind he was. Dr. Teener was an involved member of not only his neighborhood but also his church, where he frequently volunteered his services to help those in need. When referring to him, one of his coworkers used the phrase “a force for good.” Everyone is going to experience profound grief over his passing.