John L. Pfenninger M.D., was born in Bay City, Michigan and was raised on a farm north of Auburn. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and completed three years of advanced training in Family Practice at The University of Utah. He returned to Midland in 1977 and accepted a teaching position with MidMichigan Medical Center as Associate Director of the Family Practice Residency Program for 12 years. In 1989, he left his teaching position to establish The Medical Procedures Center, P.C. (MPC) and The National Procedures Institute (NPI). NPI conducts medical seminars for physicians throughout the country. He now acts as a senior consultant for the new owners.

Dr. Pfenninger is a nationally known author, educator and lecturer. He has written numerous medical articles and produced videotapes about procedural medicine. He has appeared on national Lifetime TV and is a clinical professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Pfenninger writes a regular column in the Midland Daily News entitled " A Word from Dr. Pfenninger..."

Dr. Pfenninger has received several awards including best research paper at Michigan State University, The Robert E. Bowsher Best Teacher Award, The Most Outstanding Article published by the American Family Physician, the Colposcopy Recognition Award, 2005 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2005 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education. He was most recently awarded a “Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine” from the University of Queensland Medical School, Australia

In 1994 his reference text, Procedures for Primary Care Physicians, the first such comprehensive book of its kind, was published by Mosby Year Book and has become a best seller. In 1998 the text was selected as one of the 37 best medical books of all time. A third edition, Pfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care, was published in 2011.

Dr. Pfenninger's Curriculum Vitae can be downloaded here.

Also see Dr. Pfenninger's Midland Daily News Articles on this web site for other topics.


Pfenninger and Fowler's
Procedures for
Primary Care
3rd Edition
Dr. Pfenninger
has edited this
comprehensive text.

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