Alexa Pinsky, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

About Me
I was born in New York, but moved to Ann Arbor when I was in elementary school. I consider myself very lucky to have been raised in Ann Arbor - it is a perfect mix of youthful energy, incredible academics, and fun townies! For college, I headed back east to Barnard College, the all women’s college affiliated with Columbia University where I studied neuroscience. I loved spending my days tucked away in massive libraries and tiny coffee shops, as well as the weekends spent going around New York City trying new restaurants & snagging cheap (or free!) Broadway tickets.

Outside of school, I loved teaching high school health classes throughout the city. It was during the summers between college semesters where I really became interested in cardiovascular research, coming home nearly every summer to work in a lab at the University of Michigan. After college, I was fortunate to return home full time to attend the University of Michigan’s medical school where I had the opportunity to continue to hone my interests in teaching & research. Between my third and fourth years of medical school, I received the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research fellowship, which allowed me to move to Rochester, MN for a year to study genetic heart diseases in youth, women, and transgender individuals at the Mayo Clinic. 

In my free time, I love doing art projects, hanging out with my family (+our many dogs), and listening to audiobooks. Fun fact - last year I read over 75 books (mostly of the auditory variety)! 

Why I Chose Michigan?
As fate would have it, for nearly every rotation on both medicine and pediatrics throughout my medical school training here, I was constantly paired with Med-Peds residents. Not only were the residents and faculty fabulous and top notch, but I realized that I loved the longitudinal and forward thinking way they took care of patients. It is also an immense privilege to continue to learn medicine and practice in the city that raised me. With my family nearby and the incredible opportunities at Michigan, Michigan’s Med-Peds stole my heart and I can’t wait to be a Michigan Wolverine for another four years!