Mike is the oldest of eight brothers. He has been interested in writing for even longer than he has been interested in medicine. He was born on the West Side of Chicago not far from where his wife, his mother, his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather were born. He worked his way through college at the University of Notre Dame where he was a member of the school's academic honor society and the varsity hockey team. In the summers he worked construction and drove a truck. During the school year he shoveled furnaces at the South Bend Foundry, but still managed to graduate from Notre Dame in 3-1/2 years.
After graduation, Mike worked as a construction worker and a cab driver. These experiences are related in his recently-released memoir Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs. A chance remark by one of his coworkers caused him to re-examine his life and eventually led to his dream of becoming a doctora dream that came true two years later when he was accepted at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, Mike did an orthopedic residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, finishing as Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery. His experiences as a resident are related in his acclaimed first book, Hot Lights, Cold Steel.
After completing his residency at Mayo, Mike and his wife Patti returned to Chicago where they have lived ever since. They are the parents of twelve occasionally well-behaved children. In addition to writing, Mike plays in one of Chicago's most popular Irish bands, The Narrowbacks, and still manages to play hockey two or three times a week with his brothers and other old guys who also are in denial about their age. He continues to enjoy the full-time practice of orthopedic surgery.
Author photo in upper left (and in text): Charles Cherney; in upper right: Kevin Horan
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