Dr. Andrew “Andy” Wilhelm has been named Division Director of the Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Division effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Wilhelm completed his medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency at UMMC in internal medicine. He completed Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since his fellowship completion, he has been on faculty at UMMC. Dr. Wilhelm has served as Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Conerly Critical Care Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and has been named Department of Medicine All-Star Teacher. As the MICU Director, Dr. Wilhelm was instrumental in UMMC’s response to COVID-19 this past year, including serving on the institution’s COVID response team and organizing the initial cohorted teams to care for COVID patients.
Dr. Wilhelm follows in the footsteps of Dr. John R. Spurzem, a leader in the department who has served as the Division Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine for 11 years. Under his leadership, the division grew consistently in clinical, education, and research operations over that time.
Dr. Spurzem will continue to be a full-time faculty in the department and continue his clinical, educational, and other institutional responsibilities. Dr. Spurzem has shown unwavering dedication and service to the department as the Division Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and we are grateful for his leadership.