Michelle Martinchek, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor
Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Martinchek joined the MGH Institute in 2020 in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Martinchek earned a B.S. in Microbiology with an additional major in Biological Science - Interdepartmental for Secondary Education from Michigan State University in 2006. She earned an M.P.H. in Epidemiology with an Interdepartmental Concentration in Genetics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2008. She attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her M.D. in 2012. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals from 2012-2015 and then was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine from 2015-2016. She went on to complete a fellowship in Geriatrics at the University of Chicago from 2016-2017 and subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Chicago as Assistant Professor in the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine from 2017-2020. Dr. Martinchek is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

As a Geriatrician and clinician educator, she has worked with students and trainees in several different care settings. She has clinical experience caring for a diverse population of older adults in primary care geriatrics, inpatient and outpatient geriatric consultation services, and subacute rehab/long term care. She has also worked closely with the kidney transplant team at the University of Chicago on pre-transplant geriatric assessment and frailty evaluation for older adults undergoing evaluation for kidney transplantation. She has continued working with the kidney transplant team at the University of Chicago as a Clinical Associate completing geriatric assessments through a new telehealth model.

Her interests include the geriatrics education of interprofessional teams across care settings, working with other medical and surgical specialists on clinical program development - currently in the area of CKD and pre-operative surgical evaluation, and frailty evaluation and intervention.


BS, Microbiology with an additional major in Biological Science – Interdepartmental for Secondary Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
MPH, Epidemiology with Interdepartmental Concentration in Genetics, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


Martinchek M*, Beiting K*, Walker J, Graupner J, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K, Gleason L, Levine S. Weight loss in COVID-19 Positive Nursing Home Residents. JAMDA. 2020. Accepted for publication. * denotes co-first authorship.

Walker J, Collison M, Beiting K, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Levine S, Shervani S, Martinchek M, Thompson, K, Gleason L. COVID-19 Result Notification Toolkit for Long-term Care Facilities. AGS/ADGAP COVID-19 Educational Toolkit. 2020. Available online at:

Gleason L, Martinchek M, Thompson K, Long M, Rapier N, Johnson D. Innovative Model Using Telementoring for Geriatric Education of Direct Care Workers at Skilled Nursing Facilities. Geriatric nursing. 2019. DOI. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2019.03.018

Jafari P, Kostas T, Levine S, Martinchek M, Johnson D, Graupner J & Thompson K. ECHO-Chicago Geriatrics: using telementoring to “geriatricize” the primary care workforce, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 2019. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2019.1572005

Huisingh-Scheetz M, Martinchek M, Becker Y, Ferguson MK, Thompson K. Translating Frailty Research Into Clinical Practice: Insights From the Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation Clinic. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Feb 5. PMID: 30737166

Selected publications above. See CV for complete listing.