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Michael Puchaev

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Michael Puchaev, MD

Specializing in Internal Medicine

Dr. Michael Puchaev joined the Baptist Medical Group team in 2010. While practicing medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto in Southaven, MS, Dr. Puchaev specializes in the field of internal medicine. He cares for patients dealing with health problems such as diabetes and pneumonia, among others.


  • BMG


Medical School

SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Brooklyn, NY; 2004


SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Brooklyn, NY; 2007


SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Brooklyn, NY; 2004


  • Summa Cumme Laude; 2000
  • Scholastic Excellence in Biological Sciences; 2000

Awards, Certifications & Memberships

Medical Societies

  • American College of Medicine
  • Society of Hospital Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

Medical Career

Treatments and services provided

Any illness that requires inpatient hospitalization.

Diseases and conditions treated

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis

Specialty interests

Hospital medicine

Languages Spoken


Meet The Doctor

What can a patient expect when they have you as a doctor?

My patients can expect me to perform a thorough assessment of what is wrong. They can also expect that I will do whatever it takes under their discretion to try to figure out what is wrong. I will follow-up every day and assess and make sure that we are making progress and that we are on the right track. I am extremely honest with my patients as to what the true nature of their illness is. I spend as long as it takes to ensure that my patients understand exactly what is going on with them and what to expect.

What is the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship and why?

I believe the most important factor in the doctor-patient relationship is honesty. The reason I believe this is because honesty extends the full spectrum of our relationship. That is to say that is starts with my being honest about my abilities and my being honest with myself in being self-reflective. That honesty then extends to my patients as I strive to have complete transparency of what is going on with them and with the full range of options that they have at their disposal.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy when you're not working?

I enjoy jogging, following football, playing music and writing.

What about your line of work do you find the most rewarding and why?

Coming across a broad range of illnesses and helping to organize the most appropriate diagnostic and treatment plans is the most rewarding part. Then, the best part about this is finding out what is actually wrong. This requires very detailed history taking to really understand what the factors are which led to a patient’s illness.

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