Dr. Anita S. Lang died unexpectedly on December 8, 2020. She is survived by her husband Paul A. Lang; children Jordan S. Lang, Thomas S. Lang, Jackson S. Lang, and William S. Lang; and mother Ella Schwandt.
Anita was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 16, 1967 to Rudolph and Ella Schwandt. She went to Valley Forge High School in Parma; obtained her undergraduate degree from Miami University; and graduated from Ohio State University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her residency, Anita moved to Shaker Heights where she lived with her family until her passing.
Anita was an active member of the MetroHealth professional staff, Division of General Internal Medicine, and Assistant professor at CWRU School of Medicine. She was known for her kindness and humility. She was loved by her patients – always kind, caring, and a great listener, in addition to being an astute clinician. Anita was a life-long learner, always seizing the opportunity to learn from others regardless of their job role or title. She was an inspiration and source of comfort to many of her friends and colleagues.
Anita’s greatest passion in life, however, was Paul and the children. She and Paul were married in Wilmington, NC in 1996 after dating for several years. Their daughter Jordan was born in Columbus while she was in medical school; Thomas while she was in residency in Toledo; and Jackson and William in Cleveland while she was a practicing physician. Despite her busy professional life, Anita’s family always came first. She instilled her love for learning with all of the children, insisted on taking frequent family vacations to destinations within and outside of the United States, and always tried to discover new activities for the family to experience. Sometimes these experiences were tremendous successes, such as when the children became certified to scuba dive; other activities were one-time affairs, such as the time the boys went mutton-busting in Phoenix and quickly fell face-first into the ground. Regardless of the result, Anita always seemed to find new adventures for the family to remember and cherish.
In lieu of flowers, Paul, Jordan, Thomas, Jackson and Will ask that contributions be made in her name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.org/) 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10038. A private family memorial service will be publicly streamed online on Friday, December 18th at 11 AM on this webpage.