Departments & Organizations
Pediatric Aerodigestive and Feeding Disorder Program
Michael G. Caty, MD, MMM, is the Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Robert Pritzker Professor of Surgery, and Chief of the Section of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery. He also serves as the Trauma Medical Director and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Board certified in both pediatric and general surgery, Dr. Caty’s clinical interests include neonatal surgery, thoracic surgery, intestinal motility disorders, pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric laparoscopy, and minimally invasive thoracic surgery.
As a clinician interested in research, Dr. Caty is drawn to minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well the development of an unusual imaging technique called “augmented reality,” which involves creating 3-D models of organs so that the surgeon can see the insides of the organs. “It will change the way we think about surgery and diagnostics,” he said. In addition, he is working on developing prototypes that will make it possible to repair esophageal atresia with an endoscopic approach.
Yale welcomed Dr. Caty in January 2012 after he spent 17 years at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, where he was the John E. Fisher Endowed Chair of Pediatric Surgery, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, and Program Director for Pediatric Surgery. He was the driving physician leader for the planning and development of moving both the inpatient and outpatient services to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. While in Buffalo, he also served as Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Caty attended Boston College and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He underwent his general surgery and research training at the University of Michigan, where he served as administrative chief resident and pursued a research fellowship investigating intestinal injury during ischemia and reperfusion. He finished his pediatric surgery residency at Children’s Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical School, where he served as chief resident. He obtained a master’s degree in Medical Management in the Heinz School of Public Health at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010.
Dr. Caty is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Association for Academic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, and many others. He has also been inducted into the American Surgical Association, the oldest and most exclusive surgical society in the United States.
For eight years, Dr. Caty has been named on The Best Doctors in America® List, which represents the top 5 percent of doctors in the country. In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Caty was named among New York Magazine’s best doctors list. In 2009, he received the Kaleida Health Spirit Award, and in 2005 Dr. Caty was awarded the Promising Inventor Award from The Research Foundation of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Caty has contributed over 130 articles and chapters to pediatric surgical literature and is the editor of the multi-author textbook, Complications in Pediatric Surgery. He has been involved in the leadership of several pediatric surgical societies, including serving as President of the Pediatric Surgery Biology Club, Chair of the Organization of Children’s Hospital Surgeons-in-Chief, and Chair of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Education & Training
|MMM||Carnegie Mellon Univ (2010)|
|MD||University of Massachusetts (1985)|
|BS||Boston College (1981)|
|Fellowship||Boston Children's Hospital|
|Residency||University of Michigan Hospitals|
|Board Certification||AB of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery (1994)|