Michael Cappello, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Chair, Council on African Studies, Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies; co-Director, Yale Africa Initiative

Departments & Organizations

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

Microbial Pathogenesis

School of Public Health: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

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

Yale Institute for Global Health

Yale Medicine

African Studies

Global Health Studies


Michael Cappello MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine. In addition to his medical school appointments, Dr. Cappello also chairs the Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale and co-directs the Yale Africa Initiative. 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, he joined the faculty in 1995. Dr. Cappello oversees a laboratory and field based research program focused on the global health impact of infectious diseases. 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 also 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. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

  • MemberCouncil on Foreign Relations (2014)

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causaMisericordia University (2012)

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

  • Listed in "Best Doctors in America" (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

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

  • PresidentNew England Association of Parasitologists (2001)

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

Professional Service

  • Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University, Beijing (2013 - Present) Member, Academic Advisory Council

  • Gruber Fellowship for Global Justice and Women’s Rights Committee, Yale Law School (2013 - 2016)

  • Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Executive Committee (2012 - 2016)

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

  • Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity (2008 - Present)

  • Director, Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program (2007 - 2016)

  • The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Executive Committee (2007 - 2015)

  • Director, Yale World Fellows Program (2007 - 2015)

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

  • Associate Editor, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2006 - Present)

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

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


  • 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,...

  • 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
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Yale Pediatric Infectious DiseaseYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Pediatric Infectious DiseasesPO Box 208064
New Haven, CT 06520-8064

Cappello Lab

Ancylostoma ceylanicum

Anterior portion of an adult hookworm viewed under phase contrast microscopy

Ancylostoma ceylanicum

Sagittal section of an adult hookworm attached to the intestinal mucosa (H&E stain)