Michelle S. Caird, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedics


Dr. Michelle Caird is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan in the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. She received an engineering degree from The University of Michigan, followed by medical school at The University of Michigan where she earned Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Caird completed her internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at The University of Michigan, and fellowship training in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Caird is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Caird joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2004 at the completion of her fellowship.  Clinically, she is a leading expert on multiple pediatric orthopaedic conditions, treating children with fractures, spinal deformity and unequal or bowed legs. She is the director of the U-M osteogenesis imperfecta multidisciplinary clinic, which cares for dozens of children and adults with the genetic disorder each year.

Dr. Caird is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion both in her department and at Michigan Medicine. She instituted the orthopaedic surgery DEI Committee and serves on Michigan Medicine’s Anti-Racism Oversight Committee. Caird is one of a handful of women in the U.S. to be appointed chair of an orthopaedic surgery department with a residency program.

Dr. Caird is one of ten 2015 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Leadership Fellows. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and represented POSNA in Northern Europe as one of the 2012 POSNA Traveling Fellows; where she studied and taught at major European centers.

Areas of Interest

Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Treatment of idiopathic and congenital scoliosis
  • Hip diseases in children
  • Pediatric injuries
  • Lower extremity deformities
  • Length inequality


Medical School or Training

University of Michigan Medical School, 1998


University of Michigan Health System, Orthopaedic Surgery, MI, 2003


Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2004

Board Certification

Orthopedic Surgery


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