Michael was born and raised on New York’s Upper Westside and spent his youth playing on the local sidewalks and in Central Park. His path to medicine was a circuitous one that included work as a security guard, bike messenger, assistant handyman in a psychiatric hospital and vendor at Madison Square Garden. Following graduation from Hobart College in 1985 with a degree in Anthropology-Sociology and a minor in Psychology he toiled for the National Hockey League front office as a “jack of all trades.” He had always dreamed of being a Paramedic and loved the show Emergency as a child which led him to his first taste of medicine in 1987. After training as an EMT he was hired by the NYC Emergency Medical Service where he became a Paramedic and spent 9 exciting years racing around Harlem and Times Square while dealing with thousands of medical emergencies. Michael returned to school at Columbia/Fordham Universities to complete his pre-medical requirements. He ultimately was accepted at Albany Medical College where he developed a love for internal medicine and met his future wife. Michael completed residency and chief residency at Baystate Medical Center in internal medicine.
Michael was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006. In 2006 he spent the year as a Hartford Faculty Scholar in the Boston University Center of Excellence for Geriatrics. He has presented abstracts and workshops at numerous regional, national and international conferences. Michael was the Co-Chair for Innovations in Medical Education for the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) National Conference in 2013 and is a founding member of the SGIM TEACH certificate program. He was recently named Chair for the SGIM Education Committee and is the Secretary/Treasurer for the New England Region.
Michael is currently the Director of Internal Medicine Programs at Baystate/Tufts and is responsible for the education and training of the physician workforce of the future. He is also the Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Baystate Health as well as a member of the Education Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Michael’s interests include development and implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), radical office redesign, and innovations in graduate and undergraduate medical education aligned with quality and patient safety. He sees his patients at Baystate High Street Health Center-Adult Medicine and precepts residents there as well. He would be happy to discuss these interests with whoever is interested.