10 Things to Know About Michael Myers, M.D.
Get to know the COVID-19 Testing Center’s Medical Consultant.
Michael Myers, M.D., medical consultant to Stonehill’s COVID-19 Testing Center, has spent his entire career caring for others. Ironically, he bears the same name as the infamous villain from the Halloween film series, who has spent the last 40 years carelessly terrorizing innocent people.
“Once I booked a hotel room out in Western Massachusetts and the hotel clerk stayed up late to meet me because he thought I was ‘that’ Michael Myers,” he said. “He was sorely disappointed.”
Fortunately, Myers is nothing like his cinematic counterpart. His work with the College’s Health Services staff has enabled students to live and thrive on campus despite COVID-related challenges.
As Myers continues to help fight the pandemic at Stonehill, here are 10 things to know about him:
1. Doctoring is in his blood. Myers comes from a family of physicians and dentists in Kansas City, Missouri. He said there was no question about his career path once he displayed an aptitude for science as a child. The doctor attended Johns Hopkins University as a Natural Sciences pre-med major. “It was a great education, and definitely positioned me well for admission to Harvard Medical School,” he said.
2. He is a busy man. Myers juggles his work as the College’s COVID-19 consultant with his full-time role as Chief Medical Officer for Compass Medical. He leads their Medical Management Department.
3. He is a teacher. When it seemed like the pandemic may be waning last year, Myers inquired about continuing his relationship with the College as a course instructor during the spring 2021 semester. “While I was wrong about the pandemic ending, I was right about teaching at Stonehill,” he said. The first class that Myers taught was “Healthcare Foundations,” a course required for healthcare administration and health science majors. “Stonehill students are inquisitive, courteous, and well-mannered, and teaching them is a joy,” Myers said. “Teaching implies a vertical relationship, the professor pouring knowledge into the eager minds of students, but my experience has been a horizontal one where I learn as much from the students as they learn from me.”
4. He is currently writing a book. Covidiology: A Field Guide to the Pandemic uses the pandemic to explore aspects of cell biology, immunology, vaccinology, therapeutics, public health history and regulatory agencies. The work served as the basis of the course “Topics in Health Science,” which Myers taught during the fall 2021 semester. “The idea for the book comes from being obsessed with the subject, borne from my duties as Chief Medical Officer of Compass Medical,” he said. “Writing a textbook about numerous scientific topics is a natural extension of my interests in medicine and health policy.”
5. His writing coach and editor keep him accountable. “We meet every two weeks to review my progress with the book and struggles I may be having with the writing process,” he said. “The Stonehill course I taught also helped push the book forward, so I am very grateful for that opportunity.”
6. He avoids “doctor shows” like the plague. Myers does not watch medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy, The Resident, Chicago Med and The Good Doctor, all of which have recently dramatized the experience of working in healthcare through the pandemic. “The real news is plenty scary, and I have to watch it for my work,” he said. In his leisure time, he prefers to view films on Turner Classic Movies or series like Succession and Insecure on HBO. He also enjoys The Real Housewives of Potomac on Bravo because main character Giselle reminds him of his sister.
7. He is kind to himself. Myers recognizes that he needs to do things for himself from time to time so that he is also able to care for others. Some of his favorite self-care activities include keeping a daily journal, exercising with a personal trainer, getting massages and having Sunday morning coffee with his best friend.
8. He is a lifelong learner. “I’m lucky to be currently working with two inspirational instructors, my classical piano teacher, Esther Ning-Yau, and tennis coach, Rob Yee, as I continue to pursue piano and tennis late in life,” he said.
9. He adopted a “pandemic puppy.” Rescued from the beaches of St. Martin, he and his husband took in the playful pooch, a cappuccino-colored mutt named Coco, in early February 2021.
10. He hopes people continue treating COVID-19 seriously. Myers cites the recently discovered Omicron variant as an example of how the disease is still evolving. “Similar to climate change, humans now face a ‘pandemic future’ of emerging infectious diseases,” he said. “This pandemic is teaching us important lessons and we should take heed to make better decisions when the next pandemic occurs.”