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

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

Yale Medical Group

Office of Student ResearchInfectious DiseasesWomen & Child HealthMicrobial Pathogenesis | School of Public HealthPediatrics: Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Child Health Research Center, Yale; Pediatric Faculty Development 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.


  • B.A., Brown University , 1984
  • M.D., Georgetown University , 1988

Selected Publication

  • Humphries D, Simms BT, Davey D, Otchere J, Quagraine J, Terryah S, Newton S, Berg A, Harrison LM, Boakye D, Wilson MD, Cappello M. Hookworm infection among school age children in Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana: Nutritional risk factors and response to albendazole treatment Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013;89:540-8.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • President(2001) , New England Association of Parasitologists