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

Family Medicine

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 279-4800

Administrative: (585) 279-4846

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Dr. Michael Mendoza is Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County, NY and Associate 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 seven years since, Dr. Mendoza has led the practice through unprecedented growth and change. Under his oversight, Highland Family Medicine has become recognized as a local and national innovator in team-based care and interprofessional practice and education.

Dr. Mendoza is interested in enhancing population health through innovations in primary healthcare delivery and collaborative public health practice. His clinical practice emphasizes evidence-based care, chronic illness prevention and management, and the integration of behavioral health in primary care. 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 where he studied school-based educational interventions to address high risk behaviors among inner city children and adolescents, and he obtained his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester Simon Business School. 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, and photography.


Faculty Appointments


  • Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


Bachelor of Arts | The University of Chicago

Doctor of Medicine | The University of Chicago

Master of Public Health in Community Health | University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Science | University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
Business Administration

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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


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

Teacher of the Year
Sponsor: Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

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,

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

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Sponsor: UIC
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

Mirabelli MH, Devine MJ, Singh J, Mendoza M. "The Preparticipation Sports Evaluation." American family physician.. 2015 Sep 1; 92(5):371-6.

Fiscella K, Winters PC, Mendoza M, Noronha GJ, Swanger CM, Bisognano JD, Fortuna RJ. "Do clinicians recommend aspirin to patients for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?" Journal of general internal medicine.. 2015 Feb 0; 30(2):155-60.

Robinson M, Mendoza MD. "Abstracts From the Proceedings of the 2014 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Medical Student Education." Teaching and learning in medicine.. 2015 27(2):226-32.

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: Springer2016

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 International2015 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-Hill2013 in New York