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Richard Kosinski, M.D

Richard Kosinski M.D.Richard Kosinski, M.D. has practiced Hematology and Oncology in Traverse City, MI, since July 1986.  He has been a member of MSHO for almost as long and for many of those years has served on the Board of Directors.  He has also served on the Society’s Education Committee since 1998, where he has taken the lead and transformed the CME educational portion of the MSHO Annual Meeting into what it is today. 

Dr. Kosinski graduated from the University of Michigan in 1976 and attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, graduating in 1980.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee in 1983, and his fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. in 1986.

While in Washington, D.C., he married Deborah Ochs, M.D.  Together, they moved to Traverse City and established solo practices in Hematology/Oncology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine respectively.  In 1993, Peter Kohler, M.D., joined the practice and in 1997, Lisa Hughes, D.O. did likewise.  In 2012, as Munson Medical Center in Traverse City planned the construction of a cancer center, Dr. Kosinski and his colleagues entered into a Physician Service Agreement with the hospital.  The practice was renamed Munson Oncology, North Royal Drive.  Their group grew when Andrew Riddle, D.O. joined the practice in October 2012.  Munson Oncology has successfully recruited two additional specialists who started in 2013, Zach Word, M.D. and Josh Ruch, M.D.  Also employed by Munson Oncology are Drs. Gordon and Schwert.  The practices will soon be merged when the Cowell Family Cancer Center opens at Munson Medical Center in late 2015 or early 2016.  These are exciting times regarding Hematology/Oncology in Traverse City.

Along the way, Deb and Rick were blessed with the birth of two sons.  Benjamin, age 23, is a chemical engineer and  Samuel, age 21, is entering his senior year at the University of Michigan College of Engineering.  Rick’s interests outside of work include a lifelong passion for fishing, raising and training bird dogs and hunting upland birds with them (an interest he didn’t develop until he moved to Traverse City), vegetable gardening, and other outdoor pursuits, such as bicycling and cross-country skiing.  He also lives and dies with his beloved Detroit Tigers.  Rick and his family have been very happy that they chose Traverse City to live, work and raise a family.