Dr. Michael Caty is appointed the Robert Pritzker Professor

Dr. Michael G. Caty, the newly named Robert Pritzker Professor of Pediatric Surgery, is a noted pediatric surgeon whose clinical interests include neonatal surgery, thoracic surgery, intestinal motility disorders, pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric laparoscopy, and minimally invasive thoracic surgery.

He joined the Yale faculty in Janurary of 2012, when he was also named the chief of pediatric surgery at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He came to Yale from Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, where since 1993 he was the surgeon-in-chief, division director of pediatric surgery, and program director in pediatric surgery. Since 2006, he was a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Caty has published over 120 scientific papers and book chapters, and published three monographs and textbooks.  He led the planning and development of moving both the inpatient and outpatient serves to the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus, and trained 18 fellows in pediatric surgery at the Women & Children’s Hospital, where he also merged the Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Department of Surgery.

He earned his undergraduate degree at Boston College, obtained his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts and completed general surgery 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 recently completed a master’s degree in medical management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Caty is especially interested in minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as the development of an imaging technique called “augmented reality,” which involves creating three-dimensional models of organs so that the surgeon can see the insides of organs. In addition, he is working on developing prototypes that will make it possible to repair esophageal atresia with an endoscopic approach.

The Yale physician is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and was recently inducted into the American Surgical Association, regarded as the most prestigious surgical society in the United States. Caty serves on the executive board of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was recently elected president of the Organization of Surgeon-in-Chiefs for Children’s Hospitals.