Cheryl Gale, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Cheryl Gale

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-0644

Mailing Address:
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-401
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Division of Neonatology

Faculty Member, Center for Neurobehavioral Development


MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Residency in Pediatrics, Washington University-St. Louis Children's Hospital, St, Louis, MO

Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN


Cheryl A. Gale, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology. She earned her MD from the University of Minnesota, and completed her internship and residency at Washington University-St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis before returning to the University of Minnesota to complete a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. In addition to attending on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Dr. Gale is an established investigator in the areas of fungal pathogenesis and infant gut microbiome effects on short- and long-term health. She has published in Science, Eukaryotic Cell, and Journal of Nutrition, among others. Dr. Gale held the Minnesota Chapter Research Award from the March of Dimes from 2000 to 2002.

Awards & Recognition

  • Basic Science Paper of the Year (Associate or Full Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2017)
  • National Institutes of Health Pediatric Scientist LRP Award (2002-2006)
  • Basil O’Connor Scholar, March of Dimes (2000-2002)
  • National Institutes of Health Child Health Research Center Scholar, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (1996-1999)
  • University Children’s Foundation Scholar, University of Minnesota (1997-1998)



  • Gonia S, Tuepker M, Heisel T, Autran C, Bode L, Gale CA (2015). Human Milk Oligosaccharides Inhibit Candida albicans Invasion of Human Premature Intestinal Epithelial Cells. Journal of Nutrition 145, 1992-1998. 


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics 
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Clinical Interests

Neonatal Infectious Diseases