Michael Derwin Fetters MD

Professor, Family Medicine
Family Medicine
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


U of M Family Medicine

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24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr Ste 2300
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • Ohio State University College of Medicine & Public Health, 1989


  • University of North Carolina Hospitals, Family Medicine, NC, 1992


  • Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 1994

Board Certification

  • Family Medicine


Improved delivery of preventive services through primary care, influence of culture on medical decision making in Japanese, Arabic, Pakistani, and Indian cultures, mixed methods research



Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA, is a family medicine researcher and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Fetters has a longstanding interest in medical ethics and the influence of culture on medical decision making as well as applications of mixed methods research. Bilingual in Japanese and English, Dr. Fetters founded and directs the University of Michigan Japanese Family Health Program. Dr. Fetters attended the Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, the University of North Carolina for family medicine residency training and public health studies and Michigan State University for bioethics studies. Dr. Fetters' current research efforts in medical ethics tie to education about informed consent in the community, development of a serious game to teach communication skills, and use of a multilingual health quality assessment instrument in Qatar to promote equal voice among minority populations.