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Meeting the IM Attendings

 

Dr. Michael Wang, MD

Program Director

Clinical Associate Professor


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, DO

IM Core Faculty

Assistant Program Director

Hometown:  Marshall, MI
Undergraduate Education: Alma College, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency:  Lakeland Health, Saint Joseph, MI
Hobbies:  Hiking, Skiing, Baking, Traveling, Interior Design
Why Lakeland?  I sought a place in which I knew I would grow as a person and a physician. Lakeland Health and Saint Joseph, Michigan offer the small community I had hoped to find while still maintaining diverse and profound medical exposure.


Dr. Richard Douce, MD

IM Core Faculty

Clinical Associate Professor

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.


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Dr. Michael Morris, DO, FACOI

IM Core Faculty

Clinical Instructor


Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)
Residency: Lakeland Health
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, DO

IM Core Faculty

Lead Clinic 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, MD

IM Core Faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor

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, MD

Associate Faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor


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, MD

Associate Faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor

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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