Dr. Mike Safdi joined his father and 2 other gastroenterologists in 1980 after completing his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of California at San Diego and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. His father had started the practice that is now named Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute in 1947. He and his brother Alan (who joined in 1983) have grown the group to 21 people.
Mike’s earlier education was at Johns Hopkins and University of Cincinnati medical school. He was elected to the premedical honor society at Hopkins and to third year AOA in medical school. He continued to accrue honors being named to Cincinnati’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Gastroenterologists multiple times. He’s also received the CCFA’s Distinguished Leadership Award.
Dr. Michael Safdi’s true passion is taking care of patients. After over 32 years, he still enjoys all aspects of gastroenterology but especially inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and . He’s used his accumulated experience to teach medical students and residents, particularly emphasizing the value of a detailed but directed history. Mike’s strong bias is that getting to know the patients intimately is far more valuable than a series of tests that seem to have overtaken routine care for too many younger physicians. Mike's dictum: "it is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has."
Dr. Mike built the Consultants for Clinical Research arm of the practice starting in 1981. The group has subsequently participated in or performed over 250 clinical research trials. These include investigations in IBD, IBS, ulcers, H. pylori, GERD, diverticulitis, and pancreatitis.
He consulted with multiple pharmaceutical companies before going to work for Janssen in 2011. Mike retired from Janssen in 2015.
He built the first Ambulatory Endoscopy Center in the state of Ohio in 1990. Michael served the ACG as governor and board of trustees.