Stephen T. Michaels, MD, is the chief operating and medical officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with direct responsibility for and oversight of the hospital’s day-to-day operations, as well as providing a comprehensive clinical vision and medical direction to ensure delivery of the highest quality healthcare services. Starting at MedStar in 2011, Dr. Michaels previously served as vice president of Medical Affairs for MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. In 2014, he took on an additional role in tandem with his MedStar St. Mary’s position and became vice president of Medical Affairs for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center until 2015.
Dr. Michaels has spent the last three years in the management of medical affairs, physician recruitment and retention and the expansion and delivery of innovative healthcare services to the community. Systemwide, he has engaged in resource utilization management improvements, telemedicine implementation and ICD-10 initiatives. He also contributes as a leader to quality, patient safety and risk management.
Prior to joining MedStar Health, Dr. Michaels practiced orthopedic surgery in suburban Maryland and built a reputation for successful interdisciplinary collaboration, initiating and facilitating improvements in hospital core measures, performance improvement, safety initiatives and revising credentialing criteria. He has held many leadership roles on medical staffs, administrative, regulatory and peer review committees, as well as community advisory panels on health care.
Dr. Michaels holds a medical degree from Georgetown University, and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at SUNY-Stony Brook University Hospital in New York and a spine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a published researcher, board certified in Orthopaedic surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, among numerous other professional organizations.