Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
1018 Fuller St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1213
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
- 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
- Access to Health Information
- Disability Health
- M.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 2001
- Palmetto Richland Hospital, Family Medicine, Columbia, S.C., 2004
- M.P.H.: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2010
- Family Medicine
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
The best aspect of my job is…
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.
In the News
Family medicine team secures $50k award to reduce drug interactions for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities
With funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Dr. Michael McKee and Dr. Steve Erickson aim to reduce medication-related problems among adult patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Michigan Medicine researchers can now more easily track health outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing patients
Updated DataDirect database allows users to select patient population data based on language, which includes information on patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those who use ASL or CART services.
Faculty Members Michael McKee and Michelle Meade to co-lead newly funded initiative to advance health outcomes for people with disabilities from marginalized communities
Funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will support Family Medicine researchers, who will contribute significant efforts to the initiative.
Family Medicine, PM&R researchers to study technology use in people with SCI at greater risk of type 2 diabetes
New two-year, $200,000 award from the Neilsen Foundation will help researchers evaluate the use of two different continuous glucose monitoring devices by people with spinal cord injury.