Meet Dr. Mike Stolpe, the January 2015 Provider of the Month

Jan 26, 2015

Our physicians are experts and great people too! Meet Mike Stolpe, DO.

Dr. Stolpe is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and joined the CCH medical staff in 1998. He attended medical school at the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency while serving at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Bouts of severe asthma as a child began Dr. Stolpe’s interest in medicine, and emergency medicine in particular. He has been practicing for almost 30 years, and says that no two days in the ER have ever been the same because of the variety of patients he sees and all the different ways people can develop an illness or suffer an injury.

He recalls a memorable patient from his early days as a general medical officer, while stationed in Germany. A young soldier was brought in to his field station in anaphylaxis, near death. After stabilizing treatment there it was amazing to see her sitting up and talking on her way to the hospital.

Emergency Medicine has changed significantly in the years Dr. Stolpe has been in practice. The development of drugs to treat heart attacks and strokes has saved many lives, and the more widespread use of seat belts has decreased death and injuries, especially in children who were ejected from vehicles in accidents.

However, the biggest change Dr. Stolpe sees is the change from Emergency departments as places to treat emergences to what they are today—a place for patients to receive primary healthcare. It has made him much more conscious of looking at a patient’s overall health concerns when they come to the Emergency department.

When he’s not working, Dr. Stolpe enjoys running, hunting and camping and reading. He introduced his three daughters, Hannah, Kristin and Madeline, to camping when each was about age 6. He credits his wife Nancy keeping the whole family organized.

Thank you Dr. Stolpe, for providing our patients with excellent care!