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

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Appointment: (585) 279-4800

Administrative: (585) 279-4820

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Family Medicine


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