About Michael

Michael Fine, MD has been an advocate for communities, healthcare reform and the care of under-served populations worldwide for 40 years.

His career as a community organizer and family physician has led him to some of the poorest places in the United States, as well as dangerous, war-ravaged communities in third-world countries.

 

His experiences across the globe have enabled him to craft numerous short stories, novels and healthcare policy books about how we can change the world by empowering, caring for and educating one another.

 

“Literature and imagination can build a better world. Imagination can help us see one another and envision what we can do together when we stop fighting and start dreaming,” says Fine.

 

“I don’t think I know anything that other people haven't known for years. I just think of myself as a man who is too stubborn to accept the world as it is, and too pigheaded to accept no for an answer when someone asks if there is a better way."

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ABUNDANCE

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ALTERNATIVE FICTIONS: RHODE ISLAND STORIES

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HEALTH CARE REVOLT

THE BULL AND OTHER STORIES

“This is a revolutionary book. The author incites readers to embark on an audacious revolution to convert the American medical market into the American health care system.” 

—T.P. Gariepy, Stonehill College/CHOICE connect

 

“Michael Fine is one of the true heroes of primary care over several decades.” 

—Dr. Doug Henley, CEO and executive vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians 

“As Rhode Island’s director of health, Dr. Fine brought a vision of a humane, local, integrated health care system that focused as much on health as on disease and treatment.” 

—U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse 

“Michael Fine has given us an extraordinary biopic on health care in America based on the authority of his forty-year career as writer, community organizer, family physician, and public health official.” 

—Fitzhugh Mullan, MD 

“Much like Norman Maclean’s later-in-life masterpiece, A River Runs through It, Michael Fine’s Abundance, written after a distinguished career of medical practice here in the U.S. and in Africa, is a powerful first novel, an epic stretching from the civil wars of Liberia to the streets of Rhode Island. It’s about the violence we practice on each other and the power of humanity to overcome it. A joy to read.” 

—Paul J. Stekler, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker 

 

“Michael Fine is one of the true heroes of primary care over several decades.” 

—Dr. Doug Henley, CEO and executive vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians 

 

“As Rhode Island’s director of health, Dr. Fine brought a vision of a humane, local, integrated health care system that focused as much on health as on disease and treatment.” 

—U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse 

"Michael Fine... is a master. From first sentence to last, this collection is a rare delight." 

—G. Wayne Miller, Staff Writer at The Providence Journal 

"Michael Fine’s world is not fair but it is full. His characters are not beautiful but they have dignity. ...To read about them is to read about us." 

—Christopher F. Koller, President of the Millbank Memorial Fund 

“Dr. Fine is a major writer.” 

—Robert Whitcomb, president, The Boston Guardian, columnist for GoLocal24.com and former financial editor of the International Herald Tribune. 

"...Fine draws us in through his evocative use of language that touches on but is not exactly of our own world."

—Abby Remer, Reviewer at Martha's Vineyard Times

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More about Michael Fine, MD:

Michael Fine, MD is a writer, community organizer, family physician, public health official and author of Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy – All at the Same Time and Abundance, a romantic thriller set in Rhode Island and in Liberia in the aftermath of the Liberian Civil Wars of 1989-2020. He is currently the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, RI. He is the recipient of the Barbara Starfield Award, the John Cunningham Award, and the Austin T. Levy Award.

Dr. Fine served in the Cabinet of Governor Lincoln Chafee as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) from February of 2011 until March of 2015, overseeing a broad range of public health programs and services, overseeing 450 public health professionals and managing a budget of $110 million a year. Dr. Fine’s career as both a family physician and manager in the field of healthcare has been devoted to healthcare reform and the care of under-served populations. Before his confirmation as Director of Health, Dr. Fine was the Medical Program Director at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, overseeing a healthcare unit servicing nearly 20,000 people a year, with a staff of over 85 physicians, psychiatrists, mental health workers, nurses, and other health professionals.

He was a founder and Managing Director of HealthAccessRI, the nation’s first statewide organization making prepaid, reduced fee-for-service primary care available to people without employer-provided health insurance. Dr. Fine practiced for 16 years in urban Pawtucket, Rhode Island and rural Scituate, Rhode Island. He is the former Physician Operating Officer of Hillside Avenue Family and Community Medicine, the largest family practice in Rhode Island, and the former Physician-in-Chief of the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals’ Departments of Family and Community Medicine. He was co-chair of the Allied Advocacy Group for Integrated Primary Care. He convened and facilitated the Primary Care Leadership Council, a statewide organization that represented 75 percent of Rhode Island’s primary care physicians and practices.

He currently serves on the Boards of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state’s largest service organization for the homeless, the Lown Institute, and RICARES. Dr. Fine founded the Scituate Health Alliance, a community-based, population-focused non-profit organization, which made Scituate the first community in the United States to provide primary medical and dental care to all town residents. Dr. Fine is a past President of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians and was an Open Society Institute/George Soros Fellow in Medicine as a Profession from 2000 to 2002. He has served on a number of legislative committees for the Rhode Island General Assembly, has chaired the Primary Care Advisory Committee for the Rhode Island Department of Health, and sat on both the Urban Family Medicine Task Force of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Advisory Council to the National Health Services Corps.

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