Michael H. McCafferty, MD, FACS, FASCRS

"I am careful to respect that patients are people—just like I am or my family members—and I try to treat them accordingly," says Michael H. McCafferty, MD, associate professor of surgery, Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery.

Previous Practice
Dr. McCafferty's career as a surgeon spans three decades. For 17 years, he served as Attending Surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside and St. Francis Medical Center. He was also on the staff of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital's Department of Surgery.

In 2002, McCafferty decided to make the University of Louisville the next step in his career as a senior colorectal surgeon. "I believe the U of L Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery has established a dynamic program, and I am proud to be a part of it," he says.

Clinical Focus
Since joining the Section, with support from the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, he established a hereditary colorectal cancer registry.

In 2012, he began to serve full time on the staff of the Robley Rex Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). McCafferty is the only colorectal surgeon in Louisville dedicated to caring for veterans at VAMC.

Professional Organizations
McCafferty is a fellow/member of many scientific organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
  • Association of VA Surgeons
  • Central Surgical Association
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

among others. He also serves on the editorial board of the "The American Surgeon" and is an editorial reviewer for "Surgery" and "Annals of Surgery."

Medical Training
McCafferty completed his medical training and general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in his native Pennsylvania. In 1984, he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, for a one-year colorectal surgery residency at the renowned Cleveland Clinic.

A champion of medical education and a patient advocate, McCafferty was chosen by his surgery residents to receive both the 2005 and 2009 Robert L. Fulton Award in recognition of his clinical skill and expertise.

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