Doctor Mike, Mikhail Varshavski was born in the Soviet Union in 1989. When he was a child, his family moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn because of virulent anti-Semitism in his home country: Doctor Mike says his father, Oskar, “worked in the local [Russian] police force as a doctor but knew that he could never go past that rank, simply because he was Jewish.” When Oskar got to the U.S., he had to repeat his training to be able to practice medicine.
It was around this time that “Doctor Mike” was christened as such by his classmates, who figured he had received enough secondhand information from his father’s double stints in medical training that he could diagnose their sports injuries. “Most kids don’t get to see their parents go through medical school,” Doctor Mike says. “While I got to witness that, I saw how much BS there was out in the world of folks making claims for supplements, for rapid weight-loss cures, for detox teas, snake oil. I would say, ‘Why would people do this if they want to help people, if they spent ten years going through medical school?’ Many people think they have to give up their morals to be successful financially. I’ve always grown up with the theory that you can make money but also be authentic and achieve great things.”
Doctor Mike asks us to celebrate doctors who are self-aware and say “I don’t know”. He also draws the importance on asking the right questions and being aware of medical research limitations and conclusions. Dr. Mikhail Varshavski D.O., is a New York-based doctor focusing on family and preventative medicine. Better known as “Doctor Mike”, he is a social media entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a doctor with purpose, stressing the importance of preventative medicine by highlighting his experiences through his unique journey. Doctor Mike started documenting his medical journey through his popular social media platforms to motivate students to pursue their medical training. Doctor Mike graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 2014 with a B.S in Life Sciences and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine via an accelerated 7-year track. On June 30, 2017, he completed his 3-year Family Medicine Residency at the Atlantic Health System-Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.
Doctor Mike has been using YouTube to counter misinformation and spread medically accurate recommendations relation to COVID-19. In a new YouTube video, the famous doctor works to track down medical-grade N95 masks for donation, proving how hard the hospital necessity is to come by in the age of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.