Michael Seifert, MD, recently joined UNC Department of Orthopaedics as an Assistant Professor, specializing in non-operative sports medicine.
Michael Seifert, MD, recently joined UNC Department of Orthopaedics as an Assistant Professor, specializing in non-operative sports medicine. Dr. Seifert graduated from medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. Dr. Seifert is seeing patients in the orthopaedic offices at Panther Creek and the Ambulatory Care Center.
What inspired you to become a doctor?
I wanted to help others.
How did you decide to pursue your current subspecialty? Has it met your expectations?
I pursued sports medicine to help athletes and active adults maintain and return to their favorite sports or activities. I really enjoy the opportunity to help people feel better and move more.
Why did you decide to go the route of academic medicine rather than private practice?
I love to teach and help students, residents and fellows improve their knowledge base and skillset.
What drew you to UNC?
The opportunity to work at a nationally renowned institution with high standards for comprehensive and interdisciplinary care.
Other than a doctor, was there any other profession you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Professional soccer player
What did you wish you had known when you were starting your medical studies? Any advice to first year medical students?
Learn anatomy really well. Medical school is also a lot of fun, so make sure you enjoy it. You won’t have that type of camaraderie ever again.
If you could pick the brain of someone alive or dead, who would it be?
Kurt Vonnegut, to ask how he was able to write such great stories.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
Play with my 3 young children. Play soccer, run and bike. Eat exotic foods.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
To be able to play any song on the piano after hearing it once.