Greg Gafni-Pappas, DO

Concierge Emergency Medicine

Greg Gafni-Pappas, DO, concierge emergency physician at WorldClinic

Dr. Greg Gafni-Pappas is an emergency physician with over 15 years of experience. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from Michigan State University. He went on to do his emergency medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He actively practices in Michigan at Trinity Health Ann Arbor, a level 1 tertiary care trauma center, and Chelsea Hospital, a community hospital where he is the medical director of the ER. He is core faculty for the University of Michigan Emergency Medicine Residency, previously holding the position of Assistant Program Director before pursuing emergency department operations.

In addition to emergency medicine, Dr. Gafni-Pappas was the director of a high-volume urgent care from 2017-2020.  He is co-editor of the emergency ophthalmology section of CorePendium (an online Emergency Medicine textbook) and has additional training in emergency ultrasound and wilderness medicine, having previously held a Wilderness EMT certificate. As a Past President of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians, he has been highly involved in his specialty, staunchly advocating for his patients in Michigan and nationally.  

He currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and 3 children where he enjoys traveling, chaperoning his kids to their myriad activities, and dabbling in science fiction writing and entrepreneurship.

Education

Bachelor's degree in Biology, University of Michigan

Master’s Degree, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Affiliations and Awards

Awards

CorePendium Top Editor (2022)

University of Michigan Top Teaching Faculty Award (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

University of Michigan EM Residency Program Service Award (2016)

Q&A

What inspired you to become a physician?

I wanted to be a physician as far back as I can remember. I was fascinated by the human body from a very young age. I initially wanted to be a pediatrician but found myself drawn to acutely sick and injured patients. After 9/11 occurred, I had a strong desire to help, but I didn’t have the training to do so. This led me to become an EMT and ultimately to my career in emergency medicine.

Why did you come to WorldClinic?

WorldClinic is a breath of fresh air. Instead of a bustling emergency department where my attention is pulled in any number of directions, it’s an opportunity to concentrate fully on the patient and create a doctor-patient relationship that is difficult to find in today’s healthcare system. Being a part of a care team that is equally as invested in the patient’s well-being is remarkable. WorldClinic allows me to practice medicine the way it was meant to be practiced, quality care, and teamwork with a personal touch.

What do you find most rewarding about being a physician?

I truly love being able to help people in times when they are in most need. It’s a vulnerable time when a patient is sick or injured. Being able to use my training to help guide patients, diagnose and treat patients, and many times reassure patients during events that can be quite stressful, gives me immense satisfaction as a physician.

What motivates you to do your best at work every day?

Being a physician requires significant responsibility. Being responsible for a patient’s health involves being up-to-date with current evidence-based practices. It requires the ability to listen to a patient and to allow that patient to feel heard. Being responsible means that you treat every patient the same way you would treat your closest friends and family. Having patients entrust me with this responsibility motivates me to be the best physician I can be every day.
Greg Gafni-Pappas, DO, concierge emergency physician at WorldClinic

Education

Bachelor's degree in Biology, University of Michigan

Master’s Degree, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Affiliations and Awards

Awards

CorePendium Top Editor (2022)

University of Michigan Top Teaching Faculty Award (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

University of Michigan EM Residency Program Service Award (2016)