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Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, UMass Chan Medical School

Michael Hirsh is chief of pediatric surgery, director of pediatric trauma services and surgeon-in-chief at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In 2000, he established the Injury Free Coalition for Kids and was its president from 2008 to 2010. In 2002, he helped to establish Wooster, Mass.'s annual Goods for Guns program, a buyback program that continues to make city streets safer from gun violence. In 2014, he was appointed medical director of the Worcester Department of Public Health after serving as acting commissioner since 2012.

Also active in the Worcester District Medical Society, Hirsh served as its president from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a member of its legislative and public health committees and the editorial board of its official publication Worcester Medicine.

Hirsh has previously been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with two of its most prestigious awards, the Grant V. Rodkey Award for Medical Student Education in 2003, and the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health in 2010. He is the recipient of the Worcester District Medical Society’s Community Clinician of the Year and its A. J. Fitzpatrick Community Service Award and the Salvation Army’s Health Care Hero Award. He is also a 16-time winner of UMass Medical School’s Outstanding Medical Educator Award.


  • –present
    Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School


Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award, Mass medical Society,Injury Free Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award,Mass Medical Society Grand Ridley Educational Award, Mass Medical Society Community Clinician of the Year, Worcester District Medical Society A. Jane Fitzpatrick Community Service Award