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Michael Cappello, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Associate Director, MD-PhD Program; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Michael Cappello, MD

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Mailing Address

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    PO Box 208064

    New Haven, CT 06520-8064

    United States



Michael Cappello MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine, and an Associate Director of the MD PhD program. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics and received his MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After training in adult and Pediatric infectious diseases at Yale, Dr. Cappello joined the faculty in 1995, where he oversees a laboratory and field based research program focused on global health. He is a 2007 recipient of the Bailey K Ashford medal, awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene “for distinguished work in tropical medicine.” In addition to research, Dr. Cappello provides clinical care as an Infectious Diseases specialist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is co-founder of the Yale Partnerships for Global Health, an initiative that advances scientific knowledge, promotes international understanding, and builds human capacity through collaborative research and training. From 2007-15, Dr. Cappello directed the Yale World Fellows Program, a multi-disciplinary, campus-wide initiative whose mission is to cultivate and inspire a global network of leaders committed to positive change. From 2016-21, he chaired the Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and was faculty director of the Yale Africa Initiative. Dr. Cappello is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Academic Advisory Council of Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Education & Training

  • Infectious Diseases Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (1995)
  • Intern & Resident
    Georgetown University (1991)
  • MD
    Georgetown University (1988)
  • BA
    Brown University, Biomedical Ethics (1984)


  • Yale Partnerships for Global Health
    Accra, Ghana; Ribeirão Preto, Brazil 2007
    The Yale Partnerships for Global Health consist of multi-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)
  • 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)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut's Best DoctorsConnecticut Magazine2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
MemberCouncil on Foreign Relations2014
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causaMisericordia University2012
Bailey K. Ashford Medal, awarded "for distinguished work in tropical medicine."American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene2007
Listed in "Best Doctors in America"2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
Member (elected)American Society for Clinical Investigation2005
PresidentNew England Association of Parasitologists2001
Member (Elected)Society for Pediatric Research2000

Professional Service

Frontiers in Tropical DiseasesAssociate Editor2021 - Present
Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University, BeijingMember, Academic Advisory Council2013 - Present
Gruber Fellowship for Global Justice and Women’s Rights Committee, Yale Law School2013 - 2016
Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Executive Committee2012 - 2016
National Institutes of HealthStanding member, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases-B Study Section2009 - 2015
Infection and ImmunityAssociate Editor2008 - 2019
Director, Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program2007 - 2016
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Executive Committee2007 - 2015
Director, Yale World Fellows Program2007 - 2015
Senior Appointments and Promotions CommitteeYale School of Medicine2007 - 2011
Associate Editor, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases2006 - Present
Editorial Board, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene2004 - 2012
Editorial Board, Concise Reviews of Pediatric Infectious Diseases2003 - 2011

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