Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Director, Mixed Methods Program, University of Michigan
Director, Japanese Family Health Program


Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
1018 Fuller St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1213

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Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., is a professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) where he directs the Japanese Family Health Program (JFHP) that strives to provide culturally and linguistically competent care for the Japanese population currently residing in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metropolitan area. Fluent in Japanese, he has also been instrumental in the introduction, preparation for, and teaching of, the concepts, skills and mission behind the specialty of family medicine for medical residents in Japan with a grant awarded to the U-M and the Department of Family Medicine titled the Shizuoka-University of Michigan Advanced Residency Training, Education and Research in Family Medicine (SMARTER FM). In addition, Dr. Fetters pursues the same educational goals as an adjunct professor and consultant to Shiga Medical University in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. An international expert in the methodology of Mixed Methods Research, Professor Fetters has taught multiple mixed methods workshops domestically and internationally in Canada, Denmark, and Japan. He helped coordinate the first Mixed Methods Conference in Japan in 2013 by serving on the organizing committee and presenting. With Family Medicine Adjunct Professor John W. Creswell, he founded and co-directs the University of Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program. He serves as Co-Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

From September 2016 to January 2017, he will serve as Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Social Sciences at U of M Global Health Partner Peking University Health Sciences Center, where he will teach a graduate course on Mixed Methods Research Design, and conduct research on cancer decision making. 

He sees patients at Family Medicine at Domino's Farms →

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
Clinical Interests
  • Care of patients from other cultures, the interface between cultural values and medical outcomes particularly with regard to Japanese patients, ethical issues, prevention, cancer prevention, Japanese health


Medical School
  • M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, 1989
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Family Practice, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1992
  • Graduate Fellow, Jichi Medical University, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Jichi, Japan, Fulbright Fellowship, 1992
  • Foundation "Japan Today" Fellowship to Study Ethics of End of Life Decision-Making in
    Japan, Host Institution, Jichi Medical University, Tochigi, Japan, 1992
  • Graduate Medical Education in Ethics Program, University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Mich., 2002
Advanced Degrees
  • M.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1994
  • M.A., Interdisciplinary Programs in Health and Humanities, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., 1998
Board Certification
  • Family Medicine


Current Research
  • Shizuoka-University of Michigan Advanced Residency Training Exchange and Research in Family Medicine (SMARTER Family Medicine) Project, Shizuoka Prefectural Government, Principal Investigator
  • Modeling Professional Attitudes and Teaching Humanistic Communication in Virtual Reality, NIH/NCATS, Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Kron)
  • Telemonitoring Enhanced Support for Depression Self-Management, NIH, Co-Investigator (PI: Aikens)
  • Japan-US Medical Education and Exchange Project of the University of Michigan, Japanese Business Society of Detroit Foundation, Principal Investigator

Published Articles or Reviews

Key Publications
  1. Tsuda S, Fetters MD. 外来プリセプティングに関する文献レビュー Outpatient precepting - A review of the literature. Japan Primary Care Association Journal, 2013;36(4):318-323.
  2. Killawi A, Khidir A, Elnashar M, Abdelrahim H, Hammoud M, Elliott H, Thurston M, Asad H, Al-Khal AL, Fetters MD. Procedures of recruiting, obtaining informed consent, and compensating research participants in Qatar: findings from a qualitative investigation. BMC Med Ethics, 2014;15(1):9.
  3. Paustian M, Alexander J, Green L, Wise C, Fetters MD. Partial and incremental PCMH practice transformation: Implications for quality and costs. Health Serv Res, 2014;49(1):52-74.
  4. Crabtree B, Narumoto K, Motohara S, Fetters MD. Family Medicine Research: New perspectives on family medicine research. Japanese Primary Care Association Journal, 2014;37(2):116-123.
  5. Shumer G, Warber S, Motohara S, Yajima A, Plegue M, Bialko M, Iida T, Sano K, Amenomori M, Tsuda T, Fetters MD. Complementary and alternative medicine use by visitors to rural Japanese family medicine clinics: Results from the international complementary and alternative medicine survey. BMC Comp Alt Med, 2014;14:360.
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Since my childhood, I have admired Thomas Edison, the greatest American inventor. To this day, I have vivid memories of visiting the Henry Ford and Deerfield Village Museum as elementary student. In particular, I was moved when walking through his laboratory. I read with great enthusiasm every story board posted about him and his work. I find in myself his passion to innovate by working together in the fringes of overlap between fields, disciplines, and methodologies, areas that can propel research about vexing and unsolved problems forward.