Michael D Pappas is the only physician in the Midwest United States who is BOARD CERTIFIED (American Board of Pediatrics) in both general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine, and who actively practices both disciplines. He is one of only a handful of docs with similar credentials in the entire United States.
Mike is certified by the American board of Pediatrics to practice both general pediatrics and pediatric critical care. He is originally from the Toledo area. He has experience treating children with heart defects, severe infections, cancer, seizure disorders, injuries from car/bike accidents, as well as a number of other childhood diseases.
Mike has co-authored Intensive Thinking: Pediatric Critical Care, a review book that teaches pediatricians how to care for critically ill children, and assist them in passing their critical care board exams. He has also co-authored Pediatric Radiology Review, an instructional text teaching pediatric clinicians how to interpret x-rays in children, as well as Intensive Thinking: Pediatric Board Review, which helps pediatricians prepare for their general pediatrics certification exam. He works at Toledo Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, as well as here in our pediatric office. He is patient and caring, and has 2 daughters and 1 son.
Katherine Photos (Mike’s mother) was born in Toledo, Ohio and was the 6th of 7 seven children born to Greek immigrant parents, Stavroula and John Photos. Her parents owned a family restaurant in downtown Toledo, and all the kids worked there. Her father died when she was only 8 years old, but she was a very determined, intelligent, and hardworking young lady. She graduated from DeVilbiss High School, and put herself through college at the University of Toledo (first in her family), as well as receiving a Master’s degree at the University of Michigan, while still helping to support her family.
Mitcho Pappas (Mike’s father) was born in Pangraty, Greece, to Spilios and Constantina Papagiannopoulos, where he was supposed to grow up and be a shepherd and farmer. His family was not wealthy, but he dreamed of coming to America. At the age of 15, his dream came true, when his Uncle John, and his wife Maude, adopted him and brought him to the United States to live with them in Missoula, Montana.
Mitcho served in the European theater during World War II, and after the war, received his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree from the University of Montana. He enrolled at the University of Michigan to pursue a PhD in Byzantine history.
Katherine and Mitcho met while both enrolled at the University of Michigan, and went on to be married for 57 years.
Both taught in the Toledo Public school system until their retirements. Katherine was a teacher and librarian in the states of Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio, having taught at The University of Toledo, Owens Community College and the Toledo Public Schools. She always encouraged and helped her students to do their very best. Mitcho taught History and Government, for more than 30 years at Roy C. Start High School and was always flattered when former students would still remember him.
Their greatest pride was in their sons’ accomplishments, having all become physicians. Mike’s brother, John, specializes in pain management, and Tom is a cardiologist.
Michael Pappas, MD
Toledo Children’s Hospital 10/06- present
Children’s Intensive Caring Pediatrics 03/01- present
Director and Pediatrician
Mercy Children’s Hospital 08/97- 11/2000
Medical Director/Pediatric Intensivist/Pediatric Sedation
Medical College of Ohio 07/94- 11/97
Children’s Hospital of Michigan 07/91- 06/94
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship
Saint John Medical Center 07/88- 06/91
American University of the Caribbean 01/85-6/88
Montserrat, British West Indies
Doctor of Medicine
Youngstown State University 7/81-6/84
Bachelor of Science