Dr. Michaela Mocanu, MD, CHS, DABOM
Dr. Mocanu is a board-certified physician specializing in Nephrology, Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine. She attended Carol Davila University of Medicine & Pharmacy in Romania, where she received her medical degree. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center and her Nephrology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She pursued additional medical education to become a Certified Hypertension Specialist through the American Hypertension Specialist Certification Program and completed the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians Course on Obesity, becoming board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
In 2011, Dr. Mocanu was awarded the AOA Volunteer Clinician Faculty Award by the New York Medical College. In 2015 she was recognized by the Philadelphia County Medical Society Vanitha Appadorai Vaidya, MD Award for "Humaneness in Medicine" for her exceptional skills in working with people and understanding patients' human and clinical needs.
Dr Mocanu has the following Board Certifications:
1) Nephrology Specialist by the American Board of Internal Medicine, 2015
2) Certified Hypertension Specialist by the American Hypertension Specialist Certification Program, 2018
3) American Board of Obesity Medicine Certified Diplomate, 2023
4) Internal Medicine Specialist by the American Board of Internal Medicine, 2010
The Full Story
I was born in Romania, and from an early age, I knew I wanted to become a doctor. When my father, a family physician, visited patients at their homes, I would often tag along. Seeing him interact and connect with his patients was completely fascinating to me. Even as a young child, nothing seemed more rewarding and fulfilling than being a doctor. This inspired me to pursue the path to become a physician.
After graduating from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania, I began post graduate training in Bucharest, soon deciding to advance my knowledge even further. I studied hard and passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination with high honors, which allowed me to apply for Residency training here in the United States. Subsequently, I was offered a position at Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. Following Residency, I specialized in Nephrology and Hypertension in the Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Throughout my training at large inner-city hospitals and later, after I began to practice on my own, I was exposed to acute and complex medical challenges which presented invaluable opportunities for me to grow as a clinician. I was also fortunate to work with amazing doctors, who became my mentors and whose examples helped shape my philosophy and character as a physician.
Fast forward, the coronavirus pandemic has had an enormous impact on our thinking about health care. Physician burnout is at an all-time high. We are seeing more patients and have less face-to-face contact with them than ever before. This motivated me to learn about and to adopt the "Direct Care" practice model. By treating my patients as individuals rather than numbers, I am able to connect with them, listen to their concerns, and give them the best medical advice, based on their unique situations.
To me, being a direct care practitioner is the most effective way to deliver high quality healthcare. This model allows physicians like me to focus on patients rather than on administrative tasks. I believe that individualized care and evidence-based medicine are the keys to empowering patients to achieve good health and I am committed to the best possible care for every patient that walks through my door.