Andrew Jay Padgug, beloved husband, protector, and best friend of Sheilah Winn Padgug, Assistant Professor of Radiology at Vanderbilt University, and Chief of Interventional Radiology at the VA Hospital Nashville passed away on February 10, 2023 at Vanderbilt Hospital at the age of 70.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents Murray and Ruth Padgug, daughter Summer Leigh Winn, and brother Ralph Padgug.
He is survived by his loving wife Sheilah, sister in law Rosanna Pierce (Gary), daughter-of-his-heart Angela Pickney Deal, sister Elise Johnston, niece Meredith Blount Miller (Russ), great niece Grace Miller, and his VA family.
Andy was born on February 16, 1952 in New York, New York and lived on Long Island until college. Andy graduated from SUNY at Buffalo. He obtained his MD at Marquette (Medical College of Wisconsin) Interned at Vanderbilt University in the Radiology Department, completing his residency and fellowship. When finishing his fellowship Andy met Sheilah, a nurse at Vanderbilt. In 1983 he began a long career at the VA hospital Nashville. Andy was Chief of Interventional Radiology and taught the Vanderbilt Residents. Andy enjoyed being physically fit and exercising. He was an avid golfer and sports fan. He loved his Commodores and Titans. He earned a 6th degree black belt Hapkido and was also certified in Korean swordsmanship. His daughter Summer, gave him the nickname “Cub” because of his immense love of animals. All her friends growing up only called him “Cub”. He never missed an opportunity to support those in need. He loved dogs and cats and had many rescue animals.
A private family service was conducted.
A Time of Remembrance and Service will be held by his VA family in the VA Hospital Chapel. In the words of his VA family
“Dr. Padgug served in the Interventional Radiology Section of Medical Imaging for over 36 years. He led with a compassionate heart and loved serving out Veterans. He taught countless residents who loved rotating throughout the VA because of his great patience and the knowledge that he shared. He was an expert Interventionalist and was revered among his colleagues throughout the hospital. Dr. Padgug will be greatly missed by his VA family. Interventional will continue onward in giving out best care to our Veterans because it’s what he would have wanted. “
A Celebration of Life is planned for April 16th at Edwin Warner Park. Please bring a chair and a side dish or dessert you wish to share.
In lieu of flowers, contributions appreciated to charities close to Andy’s heart, an animal charity of your choice, The Vanderbilt Residents Training Program, Nashville Rescue Mission, or Habitat for Humanity.
Andy was our “Rock”. We will forever miss our “Cub” and cannot imagine a future without him.