Michael A. McGee, MD, MPH, FACEP attended Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond Indiana. Dr. McGee also has a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Illinois in Chicago, a Medical Doctorate from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and completed his Internship and Residency in the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York University (NYU)/ Bellevue Hospital Medical Center, New York, NY. Upon completion of residency in May 2004, Dr. McGee worked as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory/Grady Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia until 2006.
In January 2005, Dr. McGee was called to duty at Methodist Hospital in Gary and Merrillville, IN when he had to assume responsibility for his 93 year-old grandmother, after the passing of his mother who was a nurse at Methodist Hospitals for over 30 years. He became the Chief and Medical Director for the Emergency Medicine Departments at Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana in August 2006. He is currently the Medical Director for both EMS and the Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine Student Wellness Health Center. In addition, in March of 2010, he became the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an independent Methodist ER Group, Northwest Emergency Associates, LLC.
Dr. McGee’s passion and drive is to help establish a designated Level I/Level II Trauma Center and help develop a Teaching Hospital with Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine. He was appointed to the Governor of Indiana’s Committee on Trauma (COT) and is a member of the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) Trauma Task Force. His Emergency Medicine Department formed a 5-year partnership with Northwestern University’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program and is a mandatory clerkship rotation for Indiana University NW 4th Year Medical Students. In addition, Dr. McGee supports various youth programs focused on violence prevention within the community and has created a teenage health awareness and violence prevention program called Project Outreach and Prevent (POP) on Teenage Violence. A component of this program also includes a Health Careers and Law Enforcement Mentoring Program. Dr. McGee has also been a supervising physician for an Outreach Effort in Jamaica for medically underserved areas and at multiple Health Care Fairs in Harlem, New York. He also served as a volunteer ring-side physician for the NYPD Boxing Fundraiser. Dr. McGee has received multiple awards and honors, such as the Rush Medical College David Peck Merit Award, the Patti Labelle National Merit Scholarship Award, the Cook County Physician’s Association Award, the Gary Steel City Hall of Fame Achievement Award, National Medical Association NWI Scholarship Award, etc. He is a member of multiple organizations, such as the National Medical Association, Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Incorporated, etc. and has a Brown Belt in Shodokan Karate.
Michael’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: “My Purdue Calumet experience was a Blessing in disguise and enabled me to fulfill my aspirations of becoming a physician. After transferring from Purdue West Lafayette because of financial hardship, I became more focused and refined my study techniques thereby excelling in all of my classes. In addition, my involvement in TRIO – Ronald McNair Achievement Program provided insight into higher education as well as a pathway for me to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health and eventually a Medicine Degree.”
Michael’s advice for current Purdue Calumet students: “The sky is the limit! In these difficult economic times, smaller campuses with easily accessible professors and fewer distractions are the quickest way to achieve educational success, thereby increasing your economic opportunities upon graduation without the associated debt that accompany larger academic institutions. Utilize all the resources that are offered at Purdue Calumet (ie, tutors, research opportunities, higher education programs, job internships, etc.) in order to obtain your major goals in life.”