Dr. Michael Hirsh was appointed Acting Commissioner of the Worcester Department of Public Health in April, 2012 and became the Medical Director in 2014. Dr. Hirsh is also currently the Surgeon-in-Chief, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Trauma, and the Director of the Injury Free Worcester Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He attended Columbia University where he obtained a BA in 1975. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then went to Harvard Medical School where he graduated in 1979. He began surgical residency at Columbia Presbyterian University Medical Center from 1979 to 1984 and completed a pediatric surgical fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children of Temple University in Philadelphia in 1986. Thereafter, he spent six years at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and from 1988 to 1992 was co-director of the Trauma Center there. He also was co-director of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit.