Our Leaders Michael Podell, DVM, MSC, DACVIM (Neurology)

Michael Podell, DVM, MSC, DACVIM (Neurology)

Chief Medical Officer


Michael Podell, DVM, MSc, Diplomate, DACVIM (Neurology), serves as the Chief Medical Officer for MedVet.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Podell ensures that our doctors have the necessary resources and tools to deliver the highest quality, most compassionate specialty and emergency veterinary care to our patients, clients, and referral partners. Along with supporting the team, he’s responsible for the healthy growth of all our hospitals to serve more patients. Dr. Podell is also passionate about enhancing the wellbeing of our healthcare team to improve their work-life harmony.

Dr. Podell’s commitment to education began at the University of North Carolina in 1980 where he received the first of many academic achievements, a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology with Honors. Immediately following graduation, he attended Tel-Aviv University and was awarded a Master of Science in Physiology and Pharmacology. In 1988, Dr. Podell earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University. He then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, followed by a residency in neurology at The Ohio State University.

Following his board-certification, Dr. Podell received the Certificate of Recognition in Neurosurgical Expertise. Prior to MedVet, Dr. Michael Podell was a Full Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University until 2002, when he moved to Chicago to open the area’s first veterinary neurology and neurosurgery practice.

During his free time, Dr. Podell enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and is working to engage the veterinary profession to improve the wellbeing of all veterinary caregivers.

Bachelor of Arts (Biology and Psychology- Honors): University of North Carolina

Master of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology): Tel Aviv University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Tufts University

Internship (Small Animal Medicine): The Animal Medical Center

Residency (Neurology): The Ohio State University

Board Certification: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

American Epilepsy Society (AES)

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA)