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Miguel Alvelo-Rivera, M.D.

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  • Thoracic Surgery

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Miguel Alvelo-Rivera, M.D., is a thoracic surgeon with MidMichigan Physicians Group and is a member of the comprehensive cancer care team at MidMichigan Health. This team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, specialized surgeons, interventional radiologists, pulmonologists, as well as a lung health navigator.

As a thoracic surgeon, Dr. Alvelo-Rivera is dedicated to treating conditions of the thorax (chest) area, including the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum (the area between the lungs), diaphragm and trachea. Before coming to MidMichigan, he served on the medical staff at Henry Ford Hospitals in Detroit and West Bloomfield.

“I decided to pursue medicine as a career after watching a very close family member lose her battle with cancer at a very young age,” he said. “I chose thoracic surgery after being mentored by a group of very inspiring chest surgeons during my early training years. Some of them had connections to the early development of the specialty and some of them were trailblazers for what we know today as the modern era of thoracic surgery.”

Dr. Alvelo-Rivera considers the development of minimally invasive approaches to thoracic surgery the greatest advancement in thoracic surgery in the last four decades. This includes thoracoscopy, robotic approaches, as well as endoscopic and bronchoscopic techniques.

Philosophy of Care

“My philosophy of care is mainly based in that every patient has specific needs that should be taken into consideration when tailoring an approach to their care,” he said. “I also believe that we should focus not only on improving the patient’s health, but to preserve or improve their quality of life as we do so.”

Special Interests and Procedures

Dr. Alvelo-Rivera performs all aspects of general and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including pulmonary, esophageal, tracheal, mediastinal and chest wall surgery. He also has a very personal interest in minimally invasive lobectomy and esophagectomy for cancer, minimally invasive surgery for reflux/hiatal hernia, minimally invasive surgery for esophageal motility disorders (achalasia), as well as robotic approaches to thoracic surgical procedures. He also collaborates and assists with interventional bronchoscopic and endoscopic procedures.

He and his wife Amanda live in Midland with their son Marco and their daughter Isadora. His favorite hobby is working on old sports cars and learning the mechanics of engines. These days he spends most of his free-time supporting his son with his hockey travel team and his daughter with her figure ice skating. Dr. Alvelo-Rivera aims to become proficient in playing hockey so that he can one day play with his son. He also enjoys music and playing guitar and percussion instruments every now and then.


  • Male

Year Began Practicing

  • 1992

Board Certified

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery


  • English
  • Spanish


Medical School

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico, DOCTOR OF MEDICINE


University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, GENERAL SURGERY
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, THORACIC SURGERY


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, THORACIC SURGERY

Clinical Interests & Special Procedures

  • Minimally Invasive Reflux and Hiatal Hernia Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Lobectomy and Esophagectomy
  • Pulmonary Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery for Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Chest Wall Surgery
  • Mediastinal Surgery
  • Bronchoscopic and Endoscopic Procedures
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Esophageal Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow - American College of Surgeons
  • Esophageal Surgery Society
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons


"I believe that we should focus not only on improving the patient’s health, but to preserve or improve their quality of life as we do so."

Participating Insurances*

  • Morbark
  • United Healthcare Commercial
  • Optum VA Choice
  • TriCare WPS - Prime
  • TriCare Humana
  • ConnectCare - MidMichigan Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Trust PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Plus Blue (Medicare Advantage)
  • Blue Care Network Medicare Advantage HMO
  • PACE Central Michigan (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Medicaid
  • Molina - Medicaid
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Medicare
  • Blue Care Network
  • Priority Health HMO
  • Priority Health PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO/PPO
  • ConnectCare - Northwood University
  • McLaren Health Plan - Medicaid
  • HAP - Preferred
  • HAP - PPO
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • HAP Medicare Advantage HMO
  • HAP Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna Better Health - Medicaid
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity
  • Medicare Railroad
  • US Health and Life
  • Meridian Health Plan - Medicaid

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  • Thoracic Surgery

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