Michael D. Paulsell

Michael D. Paulsell, M.D.

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  • General Surgery
  • Wound Treatment
  • General Surgery
  • Hyperbaric Medicine

Provider Type: Physician

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Michael Paulsell, M.D., is a board certified general surgeon with advanced training in surgical treatment of conditions and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, colon, gallbladder, hernia repairs and treats disease involving the skin, breast and soft tissue, as well as wound care treatment. Dr. Paulsell performs both laparoscopic and open surgery.

“In our field of study we develop a broad-base of knowledge but it is ever changing and challenging, especially when treating cancer. The field of cancer is always evolving with new treatment protocols, studies and therapies. “I’m always satisfied when I can see my cancer survivor patients come in when they are 15 years out from surgical treatment, “ said Dr. Paulsell.

“I chose the field of general surgery so that I could work with my hands and have the opportunity to have an immediate and direct impact on patient’s lives,” he said.

Philosophy of Care

“I believe medicine is a calling, not just a career,” Dr. Paulsell said. “My philosophy of care is always keeping my patients at the center of my efforts.”

“We are fortunate to have excellent physicians in our rural community and I strive to provide excellent care, so that patients can stay in their homes and have the support of family and friends,” he said.

Special Interests and Procedures

In addition to the standard general surgery procedures, Dr. Paulsell also treats patients at the Wound Care Center. Working with wound center patients has given him a new insight into treating patients in his surgical practice.

He lives in Alpena with his wife and children. In his free time, he enjoys boating, cycling and anything that gets him outdoors.


  • Male

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MyMichigan Medical Group

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Board Certified

  • General Surgery


  • English


Medical School

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, DOCTOR OF MEDICINE


St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, MI, GENERAL SURGERY

Year Began Practicing

  • 1994

Clinical Interests & Special Procedures

  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Skin Disease
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic & Open Hernia Repair
  • Breast Surgery
  • Esophageal Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Michigan Medical Society


"I chose the field of general surgery so that I could work with my hands and have the opportunity to have an immediate and direct impact on patient’s lives."

Participating Insurances*

  • Morbark
  • United Healthcare Commercial
  • Optum VA Choice
  • TriCare WPS - Prime
  • 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
  • Medicare
  • Blue Care Network
  • Priority Health HMO
  • Priority Health PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO/PPO
  • ConnectCare - Northwood University
  • ConnectCare - MyMichigan Health
  • McLaren Health Plan - Commercial
  • McLaren Health Plan - Medicaid
  • HAP - Preferred
  • HAP - PPO
  • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • HAP Medicare Advantage HMO
  • HAP Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna Better Health - Medicaid
  • Cigna
  • Humana Choice Care
  • Aetna
  • Cofinity
  • Medicare Railroad
  • Meridian Health Plan - Medicaid

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  • General Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine

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