Michael M McKee MD MPH

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

Associate Professor
Director, MDisability
Co-director, Center for Disability Health and Wellness
Areas of Research
Health Care for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations; Deaf and Hard of Hearing Health; Health Literacy; Health Communication; Health Disparities for Linguistic Minority Populations; Hearing Loss


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

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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 on board 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 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 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
  • Early Audiology Referral in Primary Care, NIH/NIDCD, Co-Investigator
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Synergy Grant, Co-Principal Investigator

Currently Recruiting for Research Studies

Dr. McKee and Dr. Monika Mitra of Brandeis University are leading an active research study to understand and improve the health care experiences of pregnant women who are deaf and hard of hearing. They are currently recruiting mothers who are deaf of hearing who have given birth within the last 10 years and ask them to complete a confidential online survey. For more information, please visit https://sardiprogram.com/DeafPregnancyOutcomes/

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. Mitra M, Mckee MM, Akobirshoev I, et al. Pregnancy, Birth, and Infant Outcomes Among Women Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2020;58(3):418-426. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2019.10.012.
  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

As a family medicine physician, I am at the center of a lot of crossroads. This provides opportunities to intervene and innovate resulting in the potential of major health care and health quality change. Our department values diversity and this enables us to be creative thinkers.