Appeton Medical Center Welcomes Emergency Medicine Physician

Michael Polka, MD

Michael Polka, MD, Joins Hospital Staff in Appleton

Appleton Medical Center is pleased to announce that Michael Polka, MD, has joined its staff as an emergency medicine physician.

Dr. Polka earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and received his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed his residency training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was named chief resident. Dr. Polka served as a physician in the emergency department and as the associate medical director at the Swedish American Hospital. His work experience also includes educator, researcher and advisory positions and he is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Dedicated to outreach efforts, Dr. Polka has participated in nine medical missions to the mountains of Haiti with the team from Friends of the Children and received a humanitarian award for his work there. He has also been actively involved as a panel expert for community stroke awareness.

Hoping to share in his patients’ joys and be there to help them in their time of sorrow, Dr. Polka brings compassion and understanding to his role in emergency medicine.

Appleton Medical Center (AMC) is a 160-bed acute care hospital that opened in 1958. In addition to general medical and surgical care, services include the Appleton Heart Institute, which was the first and most advanced cardiac care program to be established north of Madison and Milwaukee more than 30 years ago. Other specialized services include a fully staffed emergency department, birthing services, the Groth Surgery Center, and the Martha Siekeman Cancer Center and ThedaCare Cancer Care, which includes radiation oncology, CyberKnife®, TomoTherapy™ and stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery. Appleton Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the national Society of Chest Pain Centers.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work, and ThedaCare At Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.