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Published on July 17, 2018

Internal Medicine Physician Utibe Effiong, M.D., M.P.H., Joins MidMichigan Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant

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Utibe Effiong, M.D., M.P.H

Internal Medicine Physician Utibe Effiong, M.D., M.P.H., has joined the primary care team at MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant. Dr. Effiong currently is welcoming adult patients with Medicare or traditional Blue Cross insurance. He is in the process of enrolling in additional insurance plans and expects to participate in most major insurance plans in the near future.

Dr. Effiong earned his medical degree at the University of Calabar, Nigeria and a master’s degree in public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Mich.

“By the age of 10, I was certain that I would become a doctor, because I wanted to positively impact lives, even though I thought it was the most challenging career one could pursue,” said Dr. Effiong. “Shortly after I got into medical school, I fell ill with meningitis. I was unconscious for two weeks. That experience solidified my interest in the prevention of illness, early diagnoses, efficient treatments and public health policy.”

“I would like to be a friend, a mentor and a confidant – to earn and build the trust that is needed to keep my patients healthy. It gives me joy to see my patients in good health, living productive lives and staying out of the hospital.”

“I provide excellent care to the satisfaction of my patients in order to improve the health of our community. Active patient involvement in their own care reduces their overall healthcare costs and improves their quality of life.”

After medical school in Nigeria, Dr. Effiong worked as a physician in several parts of the country. He also trained medical students and resident doctors there.

“My desire to impact lives globally prompted me to obtain a master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan,” he explained. “I work with people to improve our society and protect our planet.”

“To me, the development of vaccines is by far the most impactful development in medicine because when used properly, vaccines enable us to prevent infectious diseases, not just in individuals but also in populations.”

Dr. Effiong plays soccer and tennis, writes magazine articles and is passionate about teaching global health policy.

“I am married to a beautiful medical doctor, and we have three lovely kids.”

Dr. Effiong sees patients in the South Medical office at MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant, 4851 E. Pickard Street, Suite 1760. Those who would like to inquire about becoming a patient may call (989) 775-1610.

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