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February 2011

Michael Formikell

Michael Formikell has been part of Upstate University Hospital for thirty one years. As the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) supervisor, he oversees nine MRI technicians who operate two MRI scanners in the hospital and one in the IHP, which currently serves a portion of our neurosurgery outpatient clients. In addition to standard MRI procedures they provide several unique services including, anesthesia support for claustrophobic and pediatric patients and pre-operative MR imaging for patients undergoing Gamma Knife and Stryker procedures.

Michael was the first Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist to operate the MRI scanner at University Hospital and in our community. He was also responsible for the initial training of technologist in the hospital and Harrison Center in 1984. He has provided guidance and has been a great resource to many of those who have chosen medical imaging as a career. When asked what he appreciates most about his role, Mike replied, “I enjoy the variety of our cases, as well as the interaction I have with our patients. We see approximately 650 patients a month and some patients we see on a regular basis. Establishing a good rapport with our patients, especially if they have any concerns or fears regarding an MRI is important in order to meet their specific needs. I am very fortunate to have excellent MRI technicians operating the MRI units.”

In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his nine year old daughter and wife, as well as participating in many outdoor activities such as, golfing, fishing, boating and bike riding. When asked what he would like people to know about him, Michael replied, “I’m always available to help answer any questions or concerns someone might have regarding an MRI.”

Michael, thank you for 31 years of service to Upstate University Hospital and for the dedication you show to our patients.