Michael Gaies, md

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases



Dr. Gaies is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1997, followed by an MD and Masters of Public Health from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health in 2002. He completed his pediatrics residency at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2005 and served as Chief Resident in 2005-2006. Dr. Gaies then came to the University of Michigan as a clinical fellow in Pediatric Cardiology, and after finishing spent an extra year in training as a senior fellow in pediatric cardiac critical care ending in 2010, at which time he joined the University of Michigan faculty.

Dr. Gaies’ research focuses on outcomes for children with critical cardiovascular disease cared for in the cardiac intensive care unit, specifically those who have undergone cardiac surgery. He was the Michigan site primary investigator for an NHLBI-funded, two-center randomized trial comparing tight glycemic control with standard care after pediatric cardiac surgery. In 2009, Dr. Gaies led a team of investigators from the University of Michigan funded by the NICHD/NCRR to establish an international consortium of pediatric cardiac intensive care units and develop a clinical registry as a platform to study quality and outcomes for pediatric cardiac surgical patients. He is now the Executive Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4), and is actively working with leaders of other clinical registry projects in pediatric cardiac surgery and cardiology including the STS database, ACC IMPACT registry, and the ELSO registry.

His current research interests center on defining and understanding variation in clinical outcomes and health-care resource utilization between cardiac surgery centers, and identifying the cardiac intensive care structure and process variables that drive observed variation. As a member of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy, Dr. Gaies collaborates with the team of researchers studying similar questions in adult surgical populations, and with those who direct regional and national quality improvement collaboratives.