Richard Kosinski, M.D
Richard Kosinski has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Society of Hematology-Oncology since 1991; representing the northern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. He has served as Chairman of the Society's Education Committee since 1998; where his primary function has been to select topics and invite speakers for the education portion of the Society's Annual Meeting.
Richard was born in Detroit in 1954 and moved to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1963. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1976 and then attended medical school at Wayne State University, graduating in 1980. He moved to Milwaukee where he finished his internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983. He was named "Best Internist" by the MCOW faculty. While living in Milwaukee he met his future wife Deborah J. Ochs, M.D. Richard's chief medical resident for part of his time in Milwaukee was another MSHO board member Larry Flaherty, M.D.
Upon completion of residency Richard moved to Washington D.C. for a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at George Washington University, spending equal amounts of time at the GWU Medical Center and at the Washington Veteran's Administration Medical Center.
In 1986, Richard moved to Traverse City where he started with the help of Judy Ramsdell, M.D., a solo subspecialty practice. He brought much needed and appreciated hematology skills to the Traverse City area; and to Munson Medical Center where he is a staff physician. In 1989, Richard recruited Jim Nickerson, M.D. In 1993 they formed Traverse Area Hematology/Oncology, P.C. and recruited Peter Kohler, M.D. In 1996, Jim moved to New Hampshire and Lisa Hughes, D.O. joined TAHO in 1997 to replace him.
Richard has been active as an investigator with the Grand Rapids CCOP for over 15 years. He was the founder of the Adult Hemophilic Clinic at Munson Medical Center and served as Medical Director for many years. He has served on the board of the Northwest Michigan Blood Center. He has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" multiple times.
Richard married Deb Ochs in Washington D.C. in 1986. Deb practices as a pulmonary-critical care physician in Traverse City and is the long time Medical Director of Munson's ICU. They have two sons, Ben age 14 and Sam age 12. In his spare time Richard coaches youth hockey, he also enjoys hiking, skiing, boating and fishing. He especially enjoys hunting upland birds (woodcock, grouse and pheasants) with his home trained Brittany (bird dog) Ned.
Richard sees his primary role on the MSHO board as Education on Committee member. He plans to continue in the capacity, at the pleasure of the Board, in the future.
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