Dr. Michael Finch joined Valley Children’s in October 2010. He provides
pediatric gastroenterology services in the North Valley at our Olivewood
Specialty Care Center in Modesto and our McHenry Specialty Care Center
Dr. Finch comes to Valley Children’s from Phoenix, Arizona, where he
was the chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Health Care of
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. He is double board certifi ed
in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and has nearly 30 years of
subspecialty experience. This includes 16 years in private practice in
Atlanta, Georgia, where he was on staff at all three children’s hospitals
and operated satellite clinics as geographically divergent as Macon,
Columbus and Athens. Prior to private practice, Dr. Finch was a professor
of pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta after serving in
the United States Army as a military pediatric gastroenterologist with the
rank of lieutenant colonel.
Dr. Finch has been involved in medical education for over 25 years and
has given numerous talks and lectures to physicians, residents, students
and other medical audiences on a variety of gastrointestinal subjects.
An interest in international health has included formal lectures at the
Philippine Pediatric Society in Manila and at the Federal University of
Salvador da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. With a special interest in childhood
obesity, he founded the fi rst of its kind weight management program for
overweight inner-city youth at the Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. His professional activities include membership in the American Gastroenterology
Association and North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
Dr. Finch received his medical degree from Boston University in Boston, Massachussetts.
He completed residency training at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles,
California, and at Martin L. King, Jr., General Hospital in Los Angeles. Following a two-year
stint as a U.S. Army pediatrician in Fort Riley, Kansas, Dr. Finch completed his fellowship in
pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in
Iowa City, Iowa.
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