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Publish Date: 10/27/99
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UC Emergency Medicine Physician Dies in Car Accident

Cincinnati—Michael P. Spadafora, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, died as a result of head injuries sustained in a single car accident on October 23, 1999. The 46-year-old emergency physician was driving to work at University Hospital on Saturday evening when the accident occurred.

Spadafora held a number of positions at University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine over the past 25 years. He graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the UC College of Medicine in 1984 and received his emergency medicine training at the UC Department of Emergency Medicine, serving as Chief Resident from 1987 to 1988. He was a board certified toxicologist and a national expert on poisonings, environmental emergencies, wilderness medicine, and hyperbaric medicine. Spadafora was a member of the faculty of the UC College of Medicine for the last 11 years.

According to Brian Gibler, MD, director of the Department of Emergency Medicine, "Michael Spadafora was a truly outstanding clinician and teacher for the UC Department of Emergency Medicine and was nationally recognized for these skills. Mike repeatedly received wonderful comments from patients that he treated, as well as the nursing and clerical staff in the emergency department. He was also greatly respected by his fellow faculty, not only in emergency medicine but also in the many disciplines at the College of Medicine that routinely interact with the Center for Emergency Care at University Hospital. Finally, it is as important to remember Mike as a fun-loving person with a delightful wit who was a wonderful father and husband. He will truly be missed."

Spadafora's friend George Uetz, PhD, UC professor of biological sciences says, "In addition to being a physician who saved many lives in the ER, Michael loved life and lived it with an energy that touched all who knew him. He traveled widely and was a true renaissance man—an avid outdoorsman, mountain climber, and wilderness enthusiast, a naturalist and collector of fossils and artifacts, a musician and songwriter, a gentleman farmer and caretaker of exotic animals, and a gourmet chef. He was also a husband, a father, a son, and a friend. Michael's interests were so diverse that his influence extends far beyond what can be memorialized here. We will all miss him terribly."

Michael Spadafora is survived by his wife, Leslie Wolf, MD, his daughter Emily, his parents Earl and Lillian Stallings, and his wife's parents Ray and Bernice Wolf. Visitation will be held at the Stine & Kilburn Funeral Home at 801 Monroe Road in Lebanon from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, October 29, and the funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 30. Memorials may be made to the Michael Spadafora Fund for FellowshipTraining in Medical Toxicology c/o the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 901 W. Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48906.

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