Michael Abernethy, MD

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Med Flight


As a specialty-trained emergency medicine physician, Dr. Michael Abernethy, MD, works with a dedicated team of health care professionals to care for and transport by helicopter critically ill and injured patients of all ages, using the most advanced technology available. The team of nurses, respiratory therapists, and skilled pilots cares for patients with a wide range of conditions requiring specialized care.

Dr. Abernethy is proud to be a physician with UW Health Med Flight — the only air medicine program in the upper Midwest to fly with a physician routinely on board. With more than 30 years at UW Health, Dr. Abernethy is one of the world’s most experienced helicopter flight physicians.

Dr. Abernethy is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to each patient, no matter their life-threatening illness or injury. He attentively and compassionately listens to and treats each patient using the most advanced medical care available in a helicopter or ambulance.

His research/specialty interests include helicopter emergency medical services, procedural/behavioral sedation and emergency airway procedures. He is a recognized worldwide as an expert in critical care transport and retrieval.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Emergency Medicine
Medical School
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH