Michelle D. Mifflin, D.O.

Associate Professor in Family Medicine


Midwestern University
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Department of Clinical Education, and Multispecialty Clinic
Glendale Hall, Rm 313-17
19555 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308

Office: (623) 537-6123
e-mail: mmifflin@midwestern.edu

EDUCATION

B.S. Biology University of Nebraska at Omaha 1995
D.O. Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 2001

EXPERIENCE

Chair, Committee for Clinic Standardization, Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic,
          Glendale, AZ, 2015 to present
Director, H.O.M.E. (Health Outreach through Medicine and Education), Midwestern University,
          Glendale, AZ, 2014 to present
Physician Member, Professional Education Committee, Arizona Osteopathic Medical
          Association, Phoenix, AZ, 2013 to present
Physician Representative, Physician Leadership Committee, John C. Lincoln Provider Network,
          Phoenix, AZ, 2011 to 2013
Owner/President, North Phoenix Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 2008 to 2011
Alternate Delegate, House of Delegates, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association,
          Phoenix, AZ, 2006 to present
Primary Configuration and Implementation of Meaningful Use for Electronic medical records
          systems, Practice Partner and eClinical Works, North Phoenix Medical Center, 
          Phoenix, AZ, 2008-2012
CFO, Assistant to General Contractor, Design Team, Materials Procurement,
          General Construction for Mifflin-Van Blarcum Residence Project,
          Phoenix, AZ, 2006-2007
Board Certified Family Practice Physician, Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, 2005 to present
Locum Tenens Hospitalist, Pioneer Hospitalists Group, Tempe Saint Luke's Hospital,
          Tempe, AZ, 2004 to 2005
Volunteer Physician, Arizona Kidney Foundation, Kidney Early Evaluation Program,
          Phoenix, AZ, 2002 to 2009
Family Medicine Resident, Midwestern University Graduate Medical Education Consortium,
          Saint Luke's Hospital, Tempe, AZ, 2001 to 2004
The Effect of Oral Contraceptives on Apoptosis in the Mouse Ovary, Research and
          Presentation, Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine,
          Tulsa, OK, 1998
Family Group Behavior and Interaction in Marmosets, Graduate Research Assistant,
          University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, 1995-96 
American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid,
          Hanau, Germany, 1993
American Red Cross American Red Cross Health and Safety Director, Safety Instructor: 
          Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid; Water Safety; HIV/AIDS Education;
          Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby, at multiple Army base sites in Germany, 1992-93

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Being a Family Medicine physician, much of my time is spent working with patients with complex chronic health problems.  Having a vested interest in the disease processes of hyperlipidemia and diabetes, I hope to start research in management and improving outcomes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and hyperlipidemia.  I am very interested in the relationship between specific patterns of hyperlipidemia and type 2 diabetes, and am scrutinizing better testing technologies and risk management.  My goal is to help prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes with earlier detection and implementation of lifestyle modification.    

Chronic pain syndromes are ubiquitous in our society today, and I would like to explore biochemical and biomechanical causes for these problems, to arrive at more effective treatment strategies than the current symptom based methods.  I plan to investigate the possible connections between Gulf War syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and medication toxicities at the cellular and mitochondrial levels.  

In my position as the Director of the interprofessional student club, Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (HOME), I am working with students from multiple colleges here at Midwestern University, to provide free health care to the homeless population in Phoenix.  In this realm, we have several research strategies planned to explore the impact of homelessness on an individual's mind, body and spirit, as well as searching for psychological and medical risk factors to help predict and prevent homelessness.

My colleagues and I are also examining the impact of interprofessional interventions on the outcomes of overall health care.  We plan to accomplish this through research of new approaches to training our health professionals.  The overreaching goal is to implement interprofessional practice strategies in every-day patient care.