Michigan State opens its first medical clinic in Detroit

DETROIT – Michigan State University plans to open its first Detroit health clinic that will provide primary care in a location that recently lost a longtime family physician.

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Popoff Clinic opens Tuesday. The eastside clinic was a gift to the East Lansing school from the family of Dr. Michael Popoff, who died last year after practicing there for nearly 50 years.

University officials say gifts of property typically are sold and endowments are established in the donor’s name, but the Popoff family wanted the school to operate the clinic in what’s considered a medically underserved neighborhood.

The medical director is Dr. Derrick Williamson, a Michigan State graduate from Detroit.

Officials say the clinic plans to help train young doctors and medical students.

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