Robin O’Meara, MD
AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow
Loyola Strich School of Medicine, Maywood IL
Primary Practice Location
Spectrum Health Butterworth
Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.
I am an avid reader (mostly fiction). I enjoy exercise and cooking. I love watching da' Bears (football) on TV when I can, as I'm originally from Chi-town. Recently I've become interested in gardening. I'm also interested in the politics of medicine, and state/national health policies.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Park Ridge IL
University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests
I am excited to take on the role of Program Director for the new Spectrum Health Family Medicine Program, and find much of my professional time has been spent working towards achieving an excellent program. I also am the chair of the Spectrum Medical Group's Immunization Committee. I am currently working on a research project with a resident that centers around physician recommendation for HPV vaccine (combining my two interests teaching and vaccines). I also worked with the AAFP to review grant proposals for immunization projects awarded nationally.
Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...
I moved to Michigan in 2015, for family reasons, from Chicago where I had practiced and taught for 11 years. I could not have anticipated at the time how happy I would be in West Michigan and feel lucky to have found this beautiful town/wonderful place to work. Grand Rapids reaps the benefits of philanthropy-with lots of musical shows, sporting events, amazing restaurants and brew pubs, and world class art! I am still finding new places to eat and explore with my family. We love Art Prize (Google this amazing west Michigan event). All of this urban living is available but you are within minutes of the great outdoors, with some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. My kids are outside exploring every day, which is something they couldn't readily do before. They go boating, hiking, mountain biking, camping, ice skating and skiing on a regular basis (many of these are sponsored through the school). We have not missed the big city of Chicago at all. The cost of living is low which means you can get out and enjoy the local attractions.
I chose to work at Spectrum Health because I have found some amazing colleagues here who are dedicated to resident education and working with the underserved. The office staff I work with are dedicated, smart, and genuinely good people. It's a pleasure to come to work and feel supported on a daily basis.