When he was a child, Dr. Richard E. Michalik’s mother worked at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was able to interact with a lot of doctors. On one occasion, he and his family spent time with a doctor of pathology who worked at the university, which inspired him to apply to a medical program later in his life. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1969, and completed the medical program at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving a Doctor of Medicine in 1974. Dr. Michalik then completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University and a residency in cardiac surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. As a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Evans then became an associate surgeon at the Emory School of Medicinefrom 1982 to 1985. He then spent the remainder of his career as a cardiac surgeon and clinical associate professor of surgery at the East Tennessee State University School of Medicine (now Quillen College of Medicine).
Outside of his primary appointments in cardiac surgery, Dr. Michalik also previously served as the medical director of the Pre-Hospital Board in the city of Church Hill, TN. He also served with the U.S. Public Health Service and was a board member of the Church Hill Community Chest. He considers a highlight of his accomplished career as being able to travel to China for a month in 1983 to teach at multiple hospitals across the country.
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