Michael J. Lucherini, MD MS
Dr. Mike began creating who he would be for his patients as a young boy. The family doctor was like a super-hero of his time, always appearing when the family needed him, with exactly the kind of care that made a difference and saved the day. Sometimes that meant a firm talking-to, dispensing medicine and even the dreaded needle. But he always showed up with a friendly smile, a soft comforting touch, and gentle, soothing words. And he always delivered healthcare with warmth, compassion and love.
At Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Mike practices this kind of family medicine, exactly the way he experienced it through a child’s eyes. Although he describes it as Direct Access Medicine® care instead of super-hero medicine, our patients know without a doubt that he is here for them with exactly the kind of care they need and with the warmth and compassion that makes a difference in their health and in their lives.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Dr. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brown University in 1987, before attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he received both a Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Bio-Chemistry in 1992 and a Doctorate of Medicine in 1994.
He and his wife, Mary Ellen, have made their home in Mesa, Arizona since 1998, when he began a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (now Banner University Medical Center) and Phoenix Children’s Hospitals. When his training was complete, entering private practice was the natural direction for Dr. Mike.
In private practice for more than twenty years, Dr. Mike believes that healthcare is about the patient, first and foremost. After fifteen years as the founding physician of a large, thriving practice, with thousands of patients, he found that medicine was becoming more about the system than the patient. So, he created a bold, innovative concept to offer patients direct access and partnership in their own health and wellness. In 2013, Dr. Mike launched his Direct Access Medicine practice, Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, and he began practicing Direct Access Medicine care exclusively. Dr. Mike is now on a mission to restore the patient-doctor relationship – one patient and one doctor at a time. It is his pleasure and his privilege to know and care for each and every one of our patients. And our patients tell us they’ve never experienced healthcare in such a positive, empowering and compassionate way!
In his spare time, Dr. Mike serves om the Board of Directors of Jacob’s Hope of Arizona, a non-profit organization that provides medical and behavioral health services to infants exposed to drugs during pregnancy and born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a potentially devastating illness which requires dedicated care and support at the earliest stage of life. He also enjoys hiking in northern Arizona, landscape photography, and Tuscan style cooking for family and friends.
Dr. Mike and Mary Ellen love life and share their home with his 90-year-old dad as well as their two cats, Harley and Paisley. They are very proud of their two beautiful daughters whose education and careers, although outside of the healthcare industry, are rising to great success.