“I find it rewarding to help people overcome a chronic and painful experience and to hopefully make a difference in their lives.”
Dr. Michael Caldwell joined Marshfield Clinic in 2000, to continue a surgical and advanced research career during which he established the Clinic’s Personalized Medicine Research Project and has healed the wounds of countless patients.
While garnering recognition for achievements such as being co-creator of the comprehensive, wound healing, clinical and research program at the University of Minnesota and as a 20-year investigator with the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Caldwell has retained a sensitive approach to his patients, whose conditions range from vascular diseases, to diabetes, to paraplegia.
“Part of my role is to educate patients about the underlying causes of their wounds and help them adhere to the treatment process,” he said. “It’s important to have an encouraging attitude and show them the progress they are making through what can be a lengthy process.”
Dr. Caldwell earned his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina, where he also began surgical training and completed a fellowship in neonatal research. He subsequently completed his surgical training and a fellowship in clinical nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in Physiology at Vanderbilt University. He was on the faculty at University of California-Berkeley, Brown University and the University of Minnesota prior to joining Marshfield Clinic.
Dr. Caldwell and his wife, Lorna, have two children. He enjoys his church-sponsored medical missions and raising Belted Galloway cattle on the family’s certified organic farm.