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
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.