Agreement bolsters CMU College of Medicine's Department of Surgery

Midwestern Surgical Associates aligns with medical school
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An agreement that aligns the veteran physicians of Midwestern Surgical Associates P.C. with the Central Michigan University College of Medicine will enhance patient care in the Great Lakes Bay Region, said Sam Shaheen, M.D., and founder of Midwestern.

The formal agreement, which immediately bolsters the CMU College of Medicine’s Department of Surgery by adding a team of specialists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, took effect Aug. 26. Midwestern Surgical Associates already was working with CMU Partners — which manages the residency programs at Covenant Healthcare and St. Mary’s of Michigan — in teaching medical residents.

“We’ve been teaching medical-surgical residents in Saginaw for decades,” Shaheen said. “Becoming part of the College of Medicine allows us to continue that commitment and take it up a level — focusing training, research, and patient needs in specialty and subspecialty areas. This adds up to exceptional patient care and outcomes.”

The CMU College of Medicine's Department of Surgery is led by chairman of surgical disciplines Anthony Senagore, M.D., who came to the university on July 1 from Michigan State University and also has worked at the Keck Medical School of the University of Southern California. Shaheen will serve as the vice chairman of surgical disciplines, and both leaders expect additional surgeons to join the CMU College of Medicine in addition to the staff at Midwestern Surgical Associates.

“Shaheen and his associates have a stellar reputation in the Great Lakes Bay Region, and this agreement is another example of how our students will grow and thrive at the CMU College of Medicine while learning from dedicated, respected physicians at the top of their profession,” said Ernie Yoder, founding dean of the CMU College of Medicine and president of CMU Partners.

“This is a natural fit because Shaheen and his team want to ensure quality health care in the region for decades. And that’s certainly part of our mission at the CMU College of Medicine.”

Midwestern Surgical Associates, with offices in Saginaw, Bay City, Caro and Hale and relationships with several hospitals, will continue to see current patients and already has communicated its enhanced role with the CMU College of Medicine to patients and referring physicians.

The CMU College of Medicine welcomed its first class of 64 students to the campus in Mount Pleasant on Aug. 4. The second class will have 104 students as the university begins to fulfill its mission of answering the growing need for physicians nationally and regionally, particularly in underserved cities and towns.