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

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

Contact Information

Highland Family Medicine
777 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Appointment: (585) 279-4800

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Patient Care Bio

Dr. Michael Mendoza has been appointed as Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County, NY and Medical Director at Highland Family Medicine, and he holds a faculty appointment as 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. In 2016, Dr. Mendoza was appointed Interim Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County, and in 2017 will assume the role as full-time Commissioner.

Dr. Mendoza's interests fall generally within the advancement of public 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.

Awards & Honors (National)

Fellow | American Academy of Family Physicians | Kansas City, MO 2012
New Faculty Scholar Award | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine | Kansas City, MO 2010
Young Alumni Service Citation | University of Chicago Alumni Association | Chicago, IL 2008
National Health Service Corps Scholar | U.S. Public Health Service 1996

Awards & Honors (Local)

Inaugural Inductee - Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame | Downers Grove South High School | Downers Grove, IL 2014
Nominee, Exemplary Teaching Award | American Academy of Family Physicians | Kansas City, MO 2009
Gold Humanism Induction Keynote Speaker | University of Chicago School of Medicine, 2008
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship/HMPRG Appreciation Award | Chicago, IL 2008
Teacher of the Year | Illinois Academy of Family Physicians 2008
Alan W. Donaldson Memorial Award | UIC School of Public Health | Chicago, IL 2001
Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society | UIC School of Public Health | Chicago, IL 2001
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society | UIC | Chicago, IL 2001
Albert Schweitzer Fellow | Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program 2000
Paul Q. Peterson Public Health Scholar | University of Illinois (UIC) | Chicago, IL 2000
Founder - Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity | University of Chicago | Chicago, IL 1996
Howell Murray Award | University of Chicago Alumni Association | Chicago, IL 1996

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Family Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Nursing (SON)

Specialties

Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine

Education

Master of Science | Business Administration | University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business2012
Doctor of Medicine | The University of Chicago2001
Master of Public Health in Community Health | University of Illinois at Chicago2001
Bachelor of Arts | The University of Chicago1996

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center07/01/2002 - 06/30/2005
Internship in Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center07/01/2001 - 06/30/2002