2014

Distinguished Alumni

Michael Rade, MD Class of 1967

Michael Rade graduated from Hamburg High School in 1967 and earned a BA in Chemistry from Williams College where he graduated cum laude in 1971. He went on to medical school at SUNYAB School of Medicine where he also completed his residency. A trauma fellowship in Germany opened a wider view of medicine and different approach to patient care. Dr. Rade said he knew at an early age that he wanted to be a doctor and feels his years in the Hamburg School system as well as those at Williams College prepared him for the rigors of medical school and residency. Dr. Rade was hired by Mercy Hospital in 1980 as an Attending Surgeon. In 1982 he was named Mercy’s Surgical Director of ICU. He served as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mercy from 1995-1998 and was named Chairman of that Department in 1999, still serving in that position today. Dr. Rade has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including the Lehman Scholar at Williams College, the Heinrich Leonhardt Surgical Prize at SUNYAB School of Medicine, the AMA Distinguished Physician Award, the Leadership Award from the Buffalo Surgical Society, he has been named in Consumer Reports “America’s Top Surgeons” and in 2011 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons. He is presently affiliated with Mercy Hospital and the Kaleida Health System. Drs. Rade has served on the Faulty of SUNYAB School of Medicine and is a member of numerous medical professional societies including the American College of Surgeons, the Buffalo Surgical Society, the Buffalo Vascular Society, Buffalo Trauma Society NY Society of Surgeons, NYS Medical Society, Erie County Medical Society, and Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery and the Medical Union. Dr. Rade has also co-authored two books.