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Marian G. Michaels, MD, MPH

Job Title Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-7438 Phone
412-692-7016 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1985 MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1992 MPH, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


1988 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


1989 Great Ormond Street Hospitals for Sick Children, London, England
1992 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Society
  • Pittsburgh Committee for Virology
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • International Pediatric Transplantation Association

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Specialty Boards
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Subspecialty Boards
  • National Board Medical Examiners


  • Cum Laude, Yale University
  • Distinction in Major, Anthropology, Yale University
  • Scholarship Citation from American Women's Medical Association, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
  • Ambassador Award, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Outstanding Student Award University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
  • Delta Omega Society University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
  • Young Investigator, Child Health Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Resident Teaching Award, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Miller Young Investigator Award, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Young Investigator Award, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Faculty Appointment, University of Pittsburgh
  • Patient Satisfaction Award, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Best Doctors in America®


  • Michelson P, Watkins B, Wadowsky R, Kurland G, Webber S, Michaels MG. Screening for PTLD in Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Recipients by Measuring EBV DNA Load in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Using Real Time PCR Pediatric Transplantation. (Accepted for publication Sept 2007)
  • Michaels MG. Treatment of congenital cytomegalovirus: where are we now? Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy. 5 (3) 441-448, 2007
  • Humar A, Michaels M, on behalf of the AST ID Working Group on Infectious Diseases Monitoring. American Society of Transplantation recommendations for screening, monitoring and reporting of infectious complications in immunosuppression trials in recipients of organ transplantation. Am J Transplant 2006; 6:262-74

Biography Summary

Marian Michaels, MD, MPH, a physician in allergy, immunology and infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is a leading, international authority on infections from xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation is the transplantation of living organs, cells or tissue from one species to another, typically from animals to humans.

While many human transplant operations are highly successful, the nation’s severe shortage of suitable donated organs from humans continues. This shortage is what drives physicians and researchers to explore xenotransplantation as an alternative to human organ and tissue transplants.

Encouraging new therapies from xenotransplantation include the treatment of life-threatening or chronic debilitating illnesses, such as diabetes or liver failure. At the same time, no medical procedure is without risk, and Dr. Michaels is one of only a handful of experts nationwide studying the possible medical implications of xenotransplantation, including the introduction of new types of infectious diseases.

As a specialist in infectious disease, Dr. Michaels has focused her research on the development and implementation of screening strategies for animal organs used in xenotransplantation. These screening strategies are setting the standard for when and how to cross species lines for xenotransplantation. In addition, Dr. Michaels has developed protocols for the prevention and management of infections in children undergoing heart and lung transplants, including viral infections. These protocols have been used by numerous centers across the United States.

Dr. Michaels’ research on viral infections in xenotransplantation is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She currently serves as a consultant to the United States Public Health Services and the World Health Organization for the development of xenotransplantation public health policies.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • HIV Early Intervention Project for Children, Youth, Women and Families
  • The Natural History of CMV-related Hearing Loss and Feasibility of CMV Screening as Adjunct to Hearing Screening in the Newborn (Subcontract)
  • Safety and Immunogenicity of Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids Adsorbed Combined with Component Pertussis (TdcP) Vaccine Compared to Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids Adsorbed (Td) in adolescents and Adults 11-64 Years of Age, Protocol TD506
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April 16, 2013
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April 16, 2013