Faculty Profile

Seth W Wolk, MD, MHSA

Seth W Wolk, MD, MHSA

Adjunct Professor
Director of Student Engagement
Health Management and Policy
Retired System Chief Medical Officer Spectrum Health

Seth W. Wolk, MD, MHSA is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan.

He is the retired system chief medical officer of Spectrum Health, a $8 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. In that role, Dr. Wolk was dedicated to physician relationships and strategies focused on delivering high-quality and more efficient care. He was responsible for the system’s clinically integrated network, system quality and safety departments, clinical informatics, clinical regulatory affairs, telehealth platform, care management, patient experience, and performance improvement. He also served as the President of Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty employed physician group in Michigan.

Upon retirement in 2018, he joined the Health Management Academy https://academynet.com/ as an Executive in Residence and started in the role of Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners https://leavittpartners.com/. Presently, he is Of Counsel with the executive recruiting firm Quick, Leonard, Keiffer https://www.qlksearch.com/. He also provides consulting services in Graduate Medical Education to Hospital Corporation of America https://hcahealthcare.com. He serves as a consultant with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan https://www.bcbsm.com/, and Bain Advisor Network, Bain and Company https://www.bain.com. He served as a Senior Consultant with NuBrick Partners https://www.nubrickpartners.com/ from 2019 to 2021.

Background: Formerly a board-certified vascular surgeon, he earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Following this, he performed his fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Wolk also has a graduate degree in health care services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Additionally, he was a physician fellow at the Veterans Health Administration National Center for Patient Safety. Dr. Wolk is an accomplished researcher with multiple publications and book chapters. He has been involved with medical student and resident education and has been recognized for many honors and teaching awards from the University of Michigan Medical School and University of

New Mexico School of Medicine. He presently holds the role of associate professor of surgery with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at the University of Providence.

Affiliations: Dr. Wolk is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, the Central Surgical Association, the American Venous Forum and the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association.

  • HMP 603: Organization and Management of Healthcare Systems
  • HMP 646: Leadership Development
  • HMP 691: Executive Masters Introductory Seminar

  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, B. S., Biology (1975-1979)
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, M.D. (1979-1983)
  • Intern General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (1983-1984)
  • Resident General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (1984-1988)
  • Fellow Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (1988-1989)
  • University Michigan School of Public Health (Division of Health Management and Policy), Masters of Health Services Administration (2008-2010)
  • Physician Fellow Veterans Administration National Center for Patient Safety, Ann Arbor, MI (2010-2011)

Dr. Wolk is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, the Central Surgical Association, the American Venous Forum and the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association.