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Michael D. Mendoza, M.D., M.P.H.

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Dr. Michael Mendoza is the 9th Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County, NY and Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Mendoza joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2009 and was appointed to serve as Medical Director at Highland Family Medicine, one of the largest family medicine residency teaching practices in the country. In the following seven years, Dr. Mendoza led the practice through unprecedented growth and change. Under his oversight, Highland Family Medicine became recognized as a local and national innovator in team-based care and interprofessional practice and education.

As Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Mendoza oversees the Monroe County Health Department comprised of a diverse array of health promotion and disease preparedness efforts serving the residents of Monroe County, NY.

In this role, Dr. Mendoza aims to improve population health through collaborations between primary healthcare delivery and public health practice. His clinical practice emphasizes evidence-based care, chronic illness prevention and management, and the integration of behavioral health in primary care. As an advocate for public health, Dr. Mendoza seeks to bridge the innovation and clinical rigor of academic primary care with the strengths of long-standing community assets and partnerships.

Dr. Mendoza is a recognized educator and writer. He was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His scholarly interests include studying and implementing practice-based innovations that promote quality and patient safety in underserved clinical settings, and capacity development for the primary care and public health workforce. His prior research focused on pay-for-performance incentive programs in underserved settings and the effects of community-based faculty development on the quality of medical student education. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has held leadership roles in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of several local community-based organizations.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Dr. Mendoza received his undergraduate and medical degrees from The University of Chicago. He received his Masters Degree in Public Health from The University of Illinois - Chicago, and he obtained his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. He completed his residency training in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California - San Francisco, and served an additional year as Chief Resident. He completed a Fellowship Program in Resident Teaching at UCSF and the Certificate Program in Biomedical Informatics at the Oregon Health and Science University. In his spare time, Dr. Mendoza enjoys running, cycling, cooking, and photography.




    MPH | University Of Illinois At Chicago School Of Public Health

    MD | University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/2002 - 06/30/2005
    Residency in Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Medical Center

    07/01/2001 - 06/30/2002
    Internship in Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Medical Center


    Friend of Education Award
    Sponsor: School Administrators Association of Rochester and Finger Lakes
    Location: Rochester, NY

    Edward Mott Moore Physician of the Year Award
    Sponsor: Monroe County Medical Society
    Location: Rochester, NY

    Robert W. August Inspiring Hope Award
    Sponsor: Hope Hall School
    Location: Rochester, NY

    Outstanding Contribution to Infection Prevention Award
    Sponsor: Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC)
    Location: Rochester, NY

    New York State Senate Commendation
    Sponsor: NY Senator Jeremy Cooney
    Location: Rochester, NY

    Distinguished Service Award, Health Care Team
    Sponsor: Rochester Academy of Medicine
    Location: Rochester, NY

    George Huther Jr. Memorial Ward
    Sponsor: Huther Doyle
    Location: Rochester, NY

    The Charlotte Hegedus Award
    Sponsor: National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence – Rochester
    Location: Rochester, NY

    Alpha Omega Alpha
    Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
    Location: Rochester, NY

    Inaugural Inductee - Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame
    Sponsor: Downers Grove South High School
    Location: Downers Grove, IL

    Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians
    Location: Kansas City, MO

    New Faculty Scholar Award
    Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
    Location: Kansas City, MO

    Nominee, Exemplary Teaching Award
    Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians
    Location: Kansas City, MO

    Young Alumni Service Citation
    Sponsor: University of Chicago Alumni Association
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Albert Schweitzer Fellowship/HMPRG Appreciation Award
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Gold Humanism Induction Keynote Speaker
    Sponsor: University of Chicago School of Medicine,

    Teacher of the Year
    Sponsor: Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

    Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
    Sponsor: UIC
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
    Sponsor: UIC School of Public Health
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Alan W. Donaldson Memorial Award
    Sponsor: UIC School of Public Health
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Paul Q. Peterson Public Health Scholar
    Sponsor: University of Illinois (UIC)
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Albert Schweitzer Fellow
    Sponsor: Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program

    National Health Service Corps Scholar
    Sponsor: U.S. Public Health Service

    Howell Murray Award
    Sponsor: University of Chicago Alumni Association
    Location: Chicago, IL

    Founder - Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
    Sponsor: University of Chicago
    Location: Chicago, IL

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    Journal Articles

    Denham A, Vasu T, Avendano P, Boslett A, Mendoza M, Hill EL. "Coroner county systems are associated with a higher likelihood of unclassified drug overdoses compared to medical examiner county systems." The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse.. 2022 Jun 6; :1-12. Epub 2022 Jun 06.

    Drame F, Urban MA, Inscho RR, Mendoza MD, Hiltunen K, Owens J, Stone C, Hart-Malloy R. "Best Practices Implementation: Congenital Syphilis Prevention Efforts in Monroe County, New York 2018." Sexually transmitted diseases.. 2021 Dec 6; Epub 2021 Dec 06.

    Alzamil H, Wu TT, van Wijngaarden E, Mendoza M, Malmstrom H, Fiscella K, Kopycka-Kedzierawski DT, Billings RJ, Xiao J. "Removable Denture Wearing as a Risk Predictor for Pneumonia Incidence and Time to Event in Older Adults." JDR clinical and translational research.. 2021 Oct 23; :23800844211049406. Epub 2021 Oct 23.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Promoting Cardiovascular Health in Men
    Book Title: Men's Health in Primary Care
    Author List: Mendoza MD, Loo-Gross C
    Edited By: Heidelbaugh J
    Published By: Springer 2016

    Chapter Title: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity Issues in Healthcare
    Book Title: Family Medicine
    Author List: Mendoza, MD; Lopez M
    Edited By: Paulman, P; Taylor R
    Published By: Springer International 2015 in Switzerland

    Chapter Title: Family Practice
    Book Title: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty
    Author List: Mendoza, MD; Vargish, L
    Edited By: Brian Freeman
    Published By: McGraw-Hill 2013 in New York