Michael Cappello, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Director, Yale Program in International Child Health; Director, Yale World Fellows Program

Departments & Organizations

Infectious Diseases

Women & Child Health

Microbial Pathogenesis

Office of Student Research

Pediatrics: Child Health Research Center, Yale | Pediatric Faculty Development Group | Pediatric Infectious Diseases

School of Public Health

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology

Yale Medical Group


Michael Cappello MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics and received his MD from Georgetown University. Since joining the Yale faculty in 1996, Dr. Cappello has developed a laboratory and field based research program focused on parasitic diseases, including helminth infections and more recently, malaria. In 2006, he was named a Global Health Ambassador by the Paul G. Rogers Society of Research!America, the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Dr. Cappello received the 2007 Bailey K Ashford medal, awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene "for distinguished work in tropical medicine."
In addition to his research, Dr. Cappello also provides clinical care as an Infectious Diseases specialist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and previously served as Co-Director of the Yale International Adoption Clinic. In 2002, he founded the Yale Program in International Child Health, which coordinates and develops global initiatives in Pediatric research, clinical care and medical education. In 2007, Yale President Richard Levin appointed Dr. Cappello Director of the Yale World Fellows Program, a novel initiative that provides academic enrichment and professional development to emerging international leaders across multiple disciplines, with a goal of building a network of individuals dedicated to effecting positive global change.

Education & Training

MD Georgetown University (1988)
BA Brown University, Biomedical Ethics (1984)
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Intern & Resident Georgetown University

Honors & Recognition

  • Bailey K. Ashford Medal, awarded "for distinguished work in tropical medicine."American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2007)

  • Member,Council on Foreign Relations (2014)

  • Member (Elected)Society for Pediatric Research (2000)

  • Listed in “Best Doctors in America” (2013)

  • Member (elected)American Society for Clinical Investigation (2005)

  • PresidentNew England Association of Parasitologists (2001)

Professional Service

  • Yale School of Medicine Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee (2007 - 2011)

  • Executive Committee Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics (2012)

  • Executive Committee The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (2007)

  • Advisory Committee Gruber Fellowship for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, Yale Law School (2013)

  • Editorial Board Infection and Immunity (2008)

  • Associate Editor PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2006)

  • Editorial Board American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2004 - 2012)

  • Editorial Board Concise Reviews of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2003 - 2011)

  • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases-B Study Section National Institutes of Health (2009 - 2015)

  • Director Yale World Fellows Program (2007)

  • Director Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program (2007)

International Activity

  • Research and training in global infectious diseases Saudi Arabia (2010 - 2012)

  • Yale Partnershps in Global Health Brazil; Accra, Ghana; Accra, Ghana; Accra, Ghana (2007)

    The Yale Partnerships in Global Health consist of bi-directional research and training programs designed to build research capacity in diseases of major public health importance. The Ghana-Yale Partnership includes formal research and training collaborations with the University of Ghana, KNUST, the...

  • Yale World Fellows Program (http://worldfellows.yale.edu/) United States (2007)

    Aiming to build a global network of emerging leaders and to broaden international understanding at Yale University, the World Fellows Program brings to Yale each year 18 highly accomplished men and women from a diverse set of countries around the world. The World Fellows spend an intensive semester...

  • Parasitic Disease and Maternal-Child Health Ghana; Guatemala; Uganda (2006)

    Dr. Cappello is actively engaged in collaborative studies aimed at defining the role of parasitic diseases, including soil transmitted helminths and malaria, on childhood growth, nutritional status, and immune function. Field based studies focus on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the...

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Contact Info

Michael Cappello, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Pediatric Specialty Center/Pediatric Infectious DiseaseYale-New Haven Children's Hospital
1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06504
Yale-New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
Office Locations
Seamco Building
464 Congress Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
1 Prospect Street, Wing test

New Haven, CT 06511
1 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address
Yale PediatricsPO Box 208064
New Haven, CT 06520-8064

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