AAP Member Spotlight

 Cohen Michael R Anderson, MD, FAAP

Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Michael Anderson is Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as interim Senior Vice President and CMO for the UH system from November 2008 to December 2009. He is also a pediatric critical care specialist at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

In his role as Associate Chief Medical Officer , Dr Anderson is charged with assisting in the oversight of quality, research and technology, GME, CME, risk management, credentialing and medical staff issues for the nine-hospital UH academic medical system.

As a pediatric specialist, Dr. Anderson has been active at the local, state and national level in pediatric disaster readiness and response. Through key partnerships at the state and federal levels, including the Ohio Children's Hospital Association, the Ohio Hospital Association, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Anderson is working to ensure that children's needs are at the forefront of disaster readiness and response for the nation.

In 2008, Dr Anderson was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Commission on Children and Disasters. This 10 member commission is analyzing the United State's readiness to care for children in disasters and will issue recommendations to the President and Congress as to how to improve same. Dr. Anderson serves as the Vice Chair of the Commission. In addition, Dr. Anderson serves as a consultant on pediatric disaster issues to the CDC and National Disaster Medical System in the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC.

In addition to disaster preparedness and response, Dr. Anderson's research and clinical interests include system quality, national physician workforce, pediatric critical care transport and national health policy issues for children. He has been awarded grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Emergency Medical Systems for Children (EMS-C). He has published on a variety of pediatric critical care topics including sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), care of the immune-suppressed patient, and transport of the unstable pediatric patient. Dr Anderson has brought his expertise to three national committees for the AAP and served as the chair of the Committee on Pediatric Workforce from 2004 to 2006. In 2003, Dr. Anderson was appointed by the AAP to the United States Department of Health and Human Services/Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) expert panel on pediatric subspecialty workforce.

As an educator, Dr Anderson has served as the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship director, the director of CME and has earned several teaching awards at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MetroHealth. He has spoken on a wide variety of pediatric topics to national organizations and serves as voice for children on Capitol Hill through his child advocacy work with the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (NACH) and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

In 2008, Dr Anderson was named one of the Nation's Top Pediatricians by Who's Who in America and in 2009, he was awarded a "Medical Hero" award by Crain's Cleveland Business.

In Cleveland, Dr. Anderson serves on the board of directors for the Fresh Air Camp for ventilator dependent children, the Physicians Advisory Board for the City of Cleveland, and the FBI Citizens Academy Board.

Dr. Anderson is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care by the American Board of Pediatrics. He earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in 1986, where he was awarded the Beaudry Outstanding Senior Award, and earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1990. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1993 and received the Sanford Cohen Outstanding Senior Award. Dr. Anderson completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in 1997, and currently is in his 14th year as a member of the faculty.

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