Michael Anderson

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Michael Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP


  • Division: Critical Care / Pharmacology


Michael R. Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP, is a physician in the Division of Pediatric Pharmacology and Critical Care, Chief Medical Officer and Chief of the Division of General Clinical Pediatrics at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital; Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, University Hospitals; Chief Medical Officer and Chief of the Division of General Clinical Pediatrics, UH Case Medical Center. He is Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Anderson is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. His special interests include pediatric clinical care, pediatric disaster preparedness and children’s health policy, as well as bioethics, system quality and the physician workforce. He was appointed to the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital staff in 2006.

A Cleveland-area native, Dr. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care from Kent State University. He served his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Mich., and completed his postgraduate training with a fellowship in pediatric pharmacology and critical care at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

An advocate for children’s health on the national level and a recognized expert in pediatric disaster preparedness, Dr. Anderson has been selected to assist in guiding national efforts in this area. He is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Disaster Medical System, and he was recently appointed by the Obama adminsitration to the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters at HHS.

As President George W. Bush’s appointee, Dr. Anderson served as Vice Chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, the President’s Commission on Bioethics and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has served on three national committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and chaired its Committee on Pediatric Workforce.

Dr. Anderson’s research interest is the management of critical illnesses in children, including sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, immune-suppression, and transport of unstable pediatric patients. He has received several major research grants for his work, including funding from National Institutes of Health and the Emergency Medical Systems for Children. He has published articles, reviews and abstracts on his work in leading medical journals and currently is a reviewer for several major journals, including JAMA Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Journal of Pediatrics and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Anderson speaks on the latest advances in pediatric critical care at numerous local, regional and national medical meetings and is a national speaker on pediatric disaster preparedness. He also is active in the local community, serving on the boards of several significant Cleveland institutions and organizations, including John Carrol University, Cleveland Children’s Museum and MedWorks, a volunteer medical care organization.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care and American College of Health Care Executives.

In his leisure time, Dr. Anderson is pursuing his private pilot’s license.

Research Interests
• Managing critical illnesses in children, including sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, immune-suppression, and transport of unstable pediatric patients
• Pediatric disaster preparedness

Honors and Recognitions
• Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
• Charles L. Hudson, MD, Distinguished Service Award, Cleveland Academy of Medicine, 2014
• 500 People to Know in Health Care honoree, Becker’s Hospital Review, 2014
• One of the Top 20 Health Care Leaders to Follow on Twitter (@MikeAndersonMD), Becker’s Hospital Review, 2013
• Best Doctors in America, 2013, 2014
• Cleveland Magazine Best Docs, 2009 – 2013
• Crain’s Cleveland Business Healthcare Heroes, Finalist in Physician Category, 2009, 2011
• Participant, Strategic Implementation Seminar, United States Army War College, 2010
• Who’s Who in America, America’s Top Pediatricians, 2008