Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA, RDN

Founder and CEO of Physicians Helping Physicians

Michelle Mudge-Riley DO, MHA, RDN is a physician and peer mentor/coach. She is CEO and Founder of Physicians Helping Physicians, LLC where she has spent the past 13 years assisting physicians and medical students with career strategy. The doctors she works with are interested in using their degree in a non-traditional way, exploring a non-clinical career, optimizing their skills and passions within their career and rediscovering meaning and purpose in their work. Dr. Mudge-Riley was recently called the “Doctor’s Doctor” in a 2010 book she co-authored because of her success in working with other doctors. The book is titled Physicians in Transition.

From 2016-17, Michelle served at Trinity University’s 3rd Entrepreneur in Residence, where she helped undergrad, alumni and community members grow their own startup idea. She now teaches a class at Trinity for undergraduates interested in healthcare called Innovations in Bioscience and Healthcare.

Dr. Mudge-Riley received her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School and her Master's Degree in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Mudge-Riley has conducted seminars and spoken on topics related to change management, career transition, motivation, physician burnout mitigation, wellness and health education at Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) annual conferences. She has also been published in a variety of books and journals including Physicians Practice Magazine, ConsultantLive, The Physician Executive Journal and The D.O.


  • B.S., Chemistry, 1999
  • D.O., 2003
  • Masters in Health Administration, 2008
  • Registered Dietitian, 2015