Dr. Michael Light qualified at Guy’s Hospital, London in 1967. Following residency he spent 3 years in Europe in adult medicine in 4 countries before joining the Brompton Chest Hospital, London. There he did the equivalent of a fellowship in pediatric pulmonary and critical care. In 1973 he was invited to develop a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Hawaii and inherited at the same time the Neonatal ICU. The next 16 years in Hawaii he was a pediatric pulmonologist.
In 1989 he joined the University of California, San Diego and for 8 years directed the pediatric pulmonary program. He was director of the cystic fibrosis center and managed both pediatric and adult CF patients.
The next 11 years from the year 2000 were spent at the University of Miami, 8 years in the pediatric pulmonary and 3 years in the adult pulmonary division. He continued his interest in clinical research particularly in the development of aerosolized antibiotics and other inhaled agents in cystic fibrosis. He was a member of the lung transplant team at UCSD, and this interest continued at the University of Miami.
Dr. Light was chairperson of the pulmonary section of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2004 to 2006 and one of the tasks of the committee was to develop a Handbook of Pediatric Pulmonology. This was published in 2011 and Dr. Light was editor-in-chief. He also authored “Clinician’s Guide to Pediatric Chronic Illness” which was published in 2001.
In 2011 Dr. Light joined Ross University Medical School (RUSM) in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies and was asked to improve the student health services on campus. For the next 3 years he was medical director of the student health clinic which involved upgrading the clinic and developing emergency services on campus.
Dr. Light joined the faculty of the University of Florida (UF) in July 2015 in the division of Pediatric Pulmonology. From April 2016 to the present he has been chief of pediatric pulmonology at UF. During his time with UF the division has improved 11 places to 22nd nationally in the World News medical school rankings.