Michael S. Blank, MD

Specialties:

Infectious Diseases
Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 60 Reviews)

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I went to medical school at St. Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada in the West Indies. I did a surgical rotation in Aylesbury, England, and then an obstetrics rotation in London. I did general medicine rotations in Baltimore and residency in Pittsburgh at Allegheny General, then a fellowship at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

When I worked in Baltimore, I was in an inner city hospital. I saw a large population of IV drug users and HIV-positive patients. 75% of patients were HIV positive in 1998. That was back when HIV treatments were not as readily available and advanced as they are now. My preceptor in Baltimore was an infectious disease doctor, so his knowledge and experience drew me to that. I look at the patients I see as puzzles. I like that I see people in a very vulnerable state, and I can help them. Most of my patients are not chronically ill, so I help them get from very sick too much better in a short amount of time. Infectious disease medicine is constantly changing, and it’s challenging because you have to understand how microbiology and organisms affect the entire body. I enjoy that my field is constantly evolving: new vaccines are always coming out and researchers are always finding new ways of fighting infections.

When I was looking for jobs, I saw a posting that said, “Great Lakes Opportunity.” It was an advertisement for a job at Firelands Regional Medical Center. My wife is from Strongsville, and she wanted to move closer to her family. We both liked the small town and community feel of this area. I knew I didn’t want to work in a large city - I wanted a community.

Years ago, Firelands had a physician who did some infectious disease medicine, but when I was recruited, they did not have anyone in infectious disease. The staff and other physicians were excited to have me, but they really had to learn how best to utilize my specialty. In the last ten years, Firelands has evolved when it comes to infectious diseases. I am still the only infectious disease physician on staff and the only one between Toledo and Cleveland, but as Firelands has grown, my role has grown. Firelands truly offers quality specialty medicine in a way that makes this the perfect place to receive all your care.

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Gender:

Male

Status:

Active

Medical School

St. Georges University School of Medicine - Grenada, West Indies

Residency

Drexel University - Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh

Fellowship

MCP/Hahnemann Hospitals

Provider Review Comments

Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 60 Reviews)
May 11, 2022
*Dr. Blank is very likeable and very knowledgeable. You are very fortunate to have him.
April 26, 2022
I have already referred others to call *Dr. Blank. Exceptional bedside manner. Even asked spouse if he had concerns.
December 03, 2021
We have a good rapport.
November 09, 2021
Without *Dr. Blanks help, I might not be here. He's a total life saver.
September 15, 2021
*Dr. Blank listened well and gave very clear explanations. He respected my concerns and put everything into perspective for me to put my mind at rest and help me make confident decisions going forward.
March 30, 2021
Dr Blank and staff are amazing
October 21, 2020
Dr. Blank is very empathetic and over the years I've had ups and downs and he always points me in the right direction to get the help I need. I like that he's upfront but yet genuinely concerned when I have a problem.
October 07, 2020
Very informative, listened to my concerns, showed understanding and empathy.
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