- American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
- Vanderbilt University, TN, 2012
- Wayne State University, MI, 2007
Residencies & Internships
- Emory University, Internal Medicine, GA, 2010
- Emory University, Internal Medicine, GA, 2008
- VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Internal Medicine, TN, 2012
Internal Medicine Residency, Associate Program Director
Dr. Willens is a Metro Detroit native and also grew up in beautiful Northern Michigan. He is interested in delivering team-based, patient-centered primary care by improving quality. He currently leads the Patient Centered Team Care initiatives in the Academic Internal Medicine clinic and teaches residents about research and quality improvement.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Biology in 2000 and spent time working in a cardiac pharmacology lab and then as a media specialist in a local high school. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and developed a course in humanities in medicine and integrative medicine.
Moving south, he attended a primary-care track internal medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and then a fellowship in quality improvement at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, he also received a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He also completed the Veteran's Administration Quality Scholars Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee.
In his spare time, you’ll find him jogging the streets of Royal Oak and hiking the trails all around Michigan.
To improve my patient's wellness, I look at the whole patient - body and mind. I try to give my patients the information and advice they need to be in the driver's seat of their health.
As an internal medicine physician, I focus on helping patients live better lives by managing their chronic diseases (like hypertension and diabetes) and preventing future illnesses. My patient care is guided by my experience as a specialist in population health and quality improvement.
I work with a team of resident doctors, nurses and medical assistants. All of us use our strengths to care for the patients we share.