Munson Health
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - Munson Neurosurgeon Joins U-M Faculty

Munson Executive Vice President and COO Kathleen McManus, RN; Thomas Schermerhorn, MD; University
of Michigan Health System Chief Department Administrator for Neurosurgery Donald Tomford; and
Munson Vice President of Operations Derk Pronger celebrate Dr. Schermerhorn’s appointment to
U-M Medical School faculty.

Munson Neurosurgeon Joins U-M Medical School Faculty
Thomas Schermerhorn, M.D., will perform clinical duties, teach, and mentor residents

Traverse City-based neurosurgeon Thomas C. Schermerhorn, M.D., has been appointed to the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School faculty.

Dr. Schermerhorn will serve as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the U-M Department of Neurosurgery. His appointment calls for him to perform clinical duties in Ann Arbor one out of every six weeks, as well as assist in the leadership development of residents in neurosurgery.

“The University of Michigan Health System is extremely excited to be entering into an agreement with Dr. Schermerhorn and Munson Medical Center,” said Donald Tomford, U-M Health System chief department administrator for neurosurgery. “We’re looking forward to a long-term relationship.”

Dr. Schermerhorn, who completed his residency at Mayo Medical School in 2004, said the U-M Department of Neurosurgery offers cutting-edge care across a multitude of neurosurgical disciplines with an internationally renowned faculty and talented, accomplished residents.

“This affiliation will allow me to work alongside these physicians and help foster my continued development as a surgeon, scientist, and educator. On a professional level, this will allow my participation in the teaching, training, and mentoring of the next generation of leaders in neurosurgery,” he said. “I am flattered to be considered for and selected as adjunct faculty, and am eager to get started.”

For the patients of northern Michigan, Dr. Schermerhorn said his ties to U-M will bring access to technologies and expertise not currently available in northern Michigan, with the potential to improve continuity of care for patients who are referred to, or elect to have procedures performed in the Department of Neurosurgery at U-M.

“We are glad to have Tom join our faculty as an adjunct, and look forward to having him work closely with colleagues and trainees here at Michigan as we expand our clinical neurosciences program,” says Karin Muraszko, M.D., chair of the U-M Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Schermerhorn’s experience with spinal oncology at U-M also will add expertise for the planned cancer center at Munson Medical Center.

Munson Medical Center and the University of Michigan Health System continue to discuss how the two organizations can work together to serve the residents of northern Michigan. Several clinical relationships already exist between Munson Medical Center and University of Michigan Health System. They include:
• A cancer genetics program and specialty clinic in Traverse City
• A pediatric rheumatology clinic in Traverse City
• A recently expanded pediatric cardiology specialty clinic in Traverse City