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

Biographical Info

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.

International Activity

  • Research and training in global infectious diseases
    Saudi Arabia(2010 - 2012)
  • Yale Partnershps in Global Health
    Accra, Ghana; Accra, Ghana; Accra, Ghana; Brazil(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 Ghana Health Service/Ministry of Health, and the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. The USP-Yale Partnership is a collaborative program with the University of Sao Paulo Medical School in Riberao Preto, Brazil. The long term goal of the Yale Partnerships is to cultivate a global community of scientists with a global network and firm commitment to collaborative research. (Africa)
  • 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 exploring critical issues through a program of individualized academic enrichment, a World Fellows Seminar, and leadership training with the full resources of Yale at their disposal.
  • 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 effectiveness of currently available treatments. Lab based studies focus on pathogenesis, immunology, and drug/vaccine development. (Africa)

Education & Training

Brown University (1984)
Georgetown University (1988)
Intern & Resident
Georgetown University, Washington DC, Medicine (1988 - 1991)
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, Medicine, Infectious Diseases (1991 - 1994)
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics (1992 - 1995)

Honors & Recognition

  • President
    New England Association of Parasitologists (2001)
  • Listed in “Best Doctors in America”
  • Member,
    Council on Foreign Relations (2014)
  • Bailey K. Ashford Medal, awarded "for distinguished work in tropical medicine."
    American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2007)
  • Member (elected)
    American Society for Clinical Investigation (2005)
  • Member (Elected)
    Society for Pediatric Research (2000)

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity (2008)
  • Associate Editor, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2006)
  • National Institutes of Health (01/01/2009 - 12/31/2015)
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (01/01/2004 - 12/3/2012)
  • Editorial Board, Concise Reviews of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (01/01/2003 - 12/31/2011)

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