Michael M McKee MD MPH

Michael M. McKee, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

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


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Michael M. McKee CV (PDF)

Deaf Health Clinic

Twitter: @deafmd1

Administrative Contact

Rania Ajilat, (734) 998-7346, ajilatr@med.umich.edu


Dr. McKee is a family physician with clinical and research expertise in disability health. As a physician with a hearing loss, he is especially interested in advocating for the rights of Deaf and hard of hearing patients to obtain equitable health care including accessible communication. His research focus includes health disparities for individuals with various disabilities, health information accessibility, health literacy, and telemedicine applications. He is also interested in the application of eye trackers and mixed methodologies to study how individuals acquire health information through visual and incidental learning opportunities. Dr. McKee is the former president of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL). He is also currently an appointed member of the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He also serves on the advisory council to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing and the AcademyHealth Disabilities Research Interest Group (IG) Advisory Committee, Member.

He sees patients at Family Medicine at Dexter Health Center, where he leads the Deaf Health Clinic

Areas of Interest

Research Interests


Medical School
  • M.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 2001
  • Palmetto Richland Hospital, Family Medicine, Columbia, S.C., 2004
Advanced Degrees
  • M.P.H.: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2010
Board Certification
  • Family Medicine


Current Research
  • Mechanisms of Health Literacy and Information Accessibility in the Deaf, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Principal Investigator
  • Pregnancy Outcomes and Experiences Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women, NIH, NICHD, and Brandeis University. Co-Principal Investigtor
  • Health Literacy Among Deaf American Sign Language Users and Cardiovascular Health Risk, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH, Principal Investigator
  • Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, Brandeis University, Co-Investigator
  • Investigating Disability Factors and Promoting Environmental Access for Healthy Living (IDEAL RRTC), NIDILRR, Co-Investigator
  • Teaching Healthcare Providers to Facilitate Self-Management of Spinal Cord Injury, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Co-Investigator
  • Early Audiology Referral in Primary Care, NIH/NIDCD, Co-Investigator

Published Articles via PubMed

Published Articles or Reviews

Key Publications
  1. McKee M, Barnett S, Block R, Pearson T.  Impact of communication on preventive services among Deaf American Sign Language users. Am J Prev Med, 2011;41(1):75-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.03.004
  2. McKee MM, Choi H, Wilson S, DeJonckheere M, Zazove P, Levy H. Determinants of Hearing Aid Use among Older Americans with Hearing Loss. Gerontologist. 2018; epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny051 PMID: 29788270
  3. Mahmoudi E, Zazove P, Meade M., McKee M.b Association Between Hearing Aid Use and Health Care Use and Cost Among Older Adults With Hearing Loss. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018; 144(6):498-505. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0273
  4. McKee M, Thew D, Schlehofer D.  Ethical issues in conducting research with Deaf populations. Am J Public Health, 2013;103(12):2174-2178. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301343. PMCID: PMC3966694
  5. McKee MM, Paasche-Orlow M, Winters PC, Fiscella K, Zazove P, Sen A, Pearson T.  Assessing health literacy in Deaf American Sign Language users. J Health Commun, 2015;20(Sup2):92-100. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1066468 PMCID: PMC4714330

Web Sites

7300 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd.
Dexter, MI  48130

1018 Fuller St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1213
Telephone: 734-998-7120, ext 315 (non patient calls only)
VP: 734-418-7851