Michael was an extraordinary doctor, friend, colleague, human being! More than 20 years ago, Mike ran an idea by me. In time, with a small cadre, we created the Reach Out And Read (ROAR) program, the first hospital-based pediatric literacy program in the state of Maryland, winning Mayoral and Gubernatorial awards. In a few short years, nearly 30,000 new and gently used books were distributed to children in the Peds Clinic [at St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland]. This gentle soul modeled a holistic approach to healthcare long before its time. His clinical expertise, kindness, gentle spirit, warmth, humor, and so much more made a lasting impact for generations to come. What an honor and privilege to serve beside him! He is now serving as one of God’s cherished Angels!
Assistant Secretary of State
State of Maryland