The Success Story of Dr. Steven Sauerberg '75
"My MacMurray College experience gave me the confidence that I needed to move forward and be successful. With the help of the MacMurray faculty, I became a strong and confident student. That foundation of confidence has helped me to be successful in all areas of my life -- as a physician, husband, parent, friend, and now as a political candidate."
Dr. Steven K. Sauerberg came from LaGrange, Illinois to MacMurray College without ever visiting it before. He played soccer, intramural sports, was on the golf team, won the Della Blackburn Osvald Memorial Award and the Gerald B. Stone Award, and was admitted to medical school through Rush Medical College after three years at Mac. He combined his senior year with his first year of medical school at Knox College, but returned to MacMurray for graduation, to obtain a degree from Mac in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.
Sauerberg graduated from medical school at age 24 in December 1977 and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, having been voted in by his peers. He proceeded to his Family Medicine Residency at La Grange Memorial Hospital and was appointed chief resident in his final year. He then taught family medicine for four years as an assistant and later, associate residency director. In 1985, he left teaching to go into private practice. Over time, he created the Family Medicine Center of La Grange, which now consists of five physicians and one physicians' assistant, serving over 10,000 patients. Since 1985 he has also been involved in leadership positions as associate medical director of HealthChicago and President of La Grange Health Systems leading over 400 physicians in contracting with managed care organizations.
Sauerberg has been consulted as a medical expert on over 200 medical malpractice cases and has been one of the most highly sought after family medicine experts in our state. He implemented a computerized medical system that he credits as being a key part of the success of The Family Medical Center of La Grange. He spent over six months broadcasting on CLTV in Chicago, providing the "Health Tip of the Day". He also formed the Sauerberg Family Foundation approximately 10 years ago, which has supported Habitat for Humanity, Disabled American Vets, Campus Crusade for Christ, MacMurray College, and other charitable causes. He has been a continually generous donor to the LaGrange Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
After 9/11 he became interested in politics and by May 2007, he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. Sauerberg captured the Republican nomination in February 2008 and is currently engaged in a campaign to unseat incumbent Dick Durbin.
Sauerberg has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 26 years. They have two children, Neal, a University of Iowa journalism graduate who is currently working on his father's campaign, and Laura, an Indiana University telecommunications graduate, working for a media production company in Chicago. Sauerberg has enjoyed his time as a father, as a Cub Scout leader and coaching Little League, Pony League, soccer, and basketball for Neal and girls' softball with Laura. He and his family are members of Christ Church of Oak Brook.