Project Description

Michael Joseph Marallo, MD

Biography
Michael J. Marallo grew up in Vermont, joining the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He completed the Joint Service Engineering program and deployed to the middle east in combat roles after completing additional infantry training. His experiences led him to pursue a career in medicine, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the Honors Program at the University of New Hampshire, working for the Department of Defense and as a Marine Reservist upon graduating. He was employed as a polymer and pharmaceutical chemist prior to completing medical school at the University of Vermont, where he pursued research designing a pilot trial studying the accuracy of digital PET scanning in the identification of lymphatic metastases.
Why Pitt?
I found Pitt to offer an unparalleled combination of advanced basic science research and diverse high-volume surgical training. The faculty expect excellence of both themselves and their trainees, and it was obvious to me why there is a legacy of leaders that are Pitt trained. They accomplish all of this while still maintaining a “family” within the Department. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to train here.

Awards
Charles T. Schechtman MD ’26 Award for Clinical Excellence, University of Vermont
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
University Honors Scholar, University of New Hampshire
Golden Key International Honor Society
Purple Heart, Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Meritorious Mast, Joint Services Engineering School Honor Graduate
Certificate of Achievement for High Endeavor and Superior Accomplishments, Board of Governors of The United States Marine Corps

Publications
Dr. Marallo has published research and presented at national and international meetings in topics such as public health and opioids, outcomes in trauma surgery, plastic surgery, surgical oncology, medical and manufacturing machine design, and synthetic chemistry.