Meeting the IM Attendings


Dr. Michael Wang
IM Residency Program Director

  • Hometown:  Lafayette, LA
  • Undergraduate Education: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  •  Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
  •  Residency:  University of Illinois - Chicago
  •  Fellowship: Loyola University Medical Center
  •  Interests: C-diff infections, HIV
  •  Hobbies:  spending time with my kids, playing piano, rooting for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bulls and the LSU Tigers!!

Why Lakeland?  We provide a high level of care with a small-town feel.

Dr. Emily Dryer

Dr. Emily Dryer

IM Core Faculty

  • Hometown:  Marshall, MI
  • Undergraduate Education: Alma College, MI
  • Medical School: Michigan State University
  • Residency:  Lakeland Health, Saint Joseph, MI
  • Interests: Nephrology
  • Hobbies:  Hiking, Skiing, Baking, Traveling

Why Lakeland?  It has tight-knit down to earth Residents and Attending Physicians, small community feel in Saint Joseph.

Dr. Richard Walton Douce

IM Core Faculty

  • Hometown: Jeffersonville, OH
  • Undergraduate Education: Ohio State University
  • Medical School: College of Medicine, Ohio State University
  • Fellowship: Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, photography, genealogy, grandchildren

Why Lakeland? I became a doctor with the goal of becoming a medical missionary.  After graduation from the fellowship, my goal was to get on the mission field within 2 years.  I was interviewed by my residency to come back as an ID doc.  When asked, can I work two years and then leave to be a missionary? They responded no.  I was recruited by the Southwestern Medical Clinic, which encouraged me to become a missionary.    While working as a missionary, the SWMC offered me employment at Lakeland every four years when I would spend a year in the States “on furlough”.  I am thankful for the way I was supported through employment and encouraged to continue my career as a full time missionary through SWMC, which has subsequently merged with Lakeland.


Dr. Michael Morris

IM Core Faculty

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan
  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)
  • Residency: Lakeland
  • Hobbies/Interests: Skiing/snowboarding, lacrosse, boating and golf  

Why Lakeland?  My wife and I chose to return to Lakeland because of the wonderful sense of community.  Lakeland has a very supportive environment with some brilliant and truly caring people. We have made some great friends in St Joseph, and we love the area.  Many people talk about getting a cottage by the lake; we chose to live here.

Dr. Mark Smalley

IM Core Faculty

  • Hometown: Paulding, Ohio
  • Undergraduate Education: Miami University ( Ohio ), Bowling Green State University
  • Medical School: Des Moines University
  • Residency: Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton Michigan
  • Hobbies/Interests: Family is most important, but also enjoy reading, technology, and science fiction.

Why Lakeland? I came to the area because of our interest in the academic surroundings for myself and family. It is a wonderful place to live and work. Lakeland Healthcare has a hospital facility that is the perfect size for providing good medical care while still demonstrating a close and personal relationship with each patient. The house staff, medical students, and associates are congenial and personable making the educational and work environment enjoyable. There is no better place to exemplify this than the internal medicine residency.



Dr. Ewanah Johnson

IM Core Faculty

  • Hometown: Little Fort, British Columbia, Canada
  • Undergraduate Education: Southwestern Adventist University; BS Biology
  • Medical School: Loma Linda University
  • Residency:  Kettering Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Kettering Medical Center – Weiffenbach Fellowship in Hospital Medicine
  • Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, biking, sewing, reading and traveling

Why Lakeland?  I initially came because my husband moved here for university.  I quickly learned that Lakeland cared for the community.  I love being part of a caring group that strives for excellence.  I am excited to be part of the residency program. I find teaching gives me great satisfaction.  I believe having residents stimulate me to be a better physician.

 Thomas Ryan Birris, MD

Dr. Thomas Ryan Birris

Adjunct Faculty

  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate Education: University of Notre Dame
  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Residency, Chief Residency and Fellowship: Loyola University Chicago and Hines VA Medical Centers
  • Interests: General Gastroenterology, Teaching
  • Hobbies: Craft beer, music, golf, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame sports

    Why Lakeland?

    My wife (Jamie, Clinical Psychologist at Marie Yeager Cancer Center) is originally from St. Joseph.  When I finished training in 2012, we were ready for free parking, a short commute and a great place to raise a family.  Southwest Michigan offered all of those things as well as an outstanding practice opportunity with Great Lakes Gastroenterology.

Dr. Patrick McKillion

Dr. Patrick McKillion

Adjunct Faculty

  • Hometown: Passaic, New Jersey
  • Undergraduate Education: Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Medical School: UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
  • Residency: Internal Medicine – Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine - Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
  • Hobbies/Interests: Grandchildren, DIY, Traveling

    Why Lakeland:
    I have worked at various hospitals from University academic to community throughout the United States. Lakeland offers a similar patient profile as an academic center in a community hospital atmosphere. Teaching medical students, residents, and fellows has always been an important part of my career. Southwest Michigan is a hidden gem with so much to offer to any type of family.
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