Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Michael J. Docktor

Michael J. Docktor, MD

Michael J. Docktor, MD


Undergraduate Degree

  • University of Wisconsin , 2001 , Madison , WI

Medical School

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey , 2005 , Newark , NJ


  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles , 2006 , Los Angeles , CA


  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles , 2008 , Los Angeles , CA


  • Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School , 2011 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

I simply love taking care of patients. I strive to help children and their families understand what might be causing their health problems by collaboratively working together to improve their condition. I am passionate about technology and excited about the opportunities to use digital health in educating, communicating and engaging with my patients.

Why I entered medicine: “Some of my earliest memories are of watching surgery on television with great interest and, as early as 4-years-old, asserting to anyone who would listen that I wanted “to be a doctor one day.” It wasn’t until around 10-years-old, when my sister was hospitalized, that I realized the incredible impact a doctor could have in someone’s life, particularly in the life of a sick child. From that point forward, there was never a question of what I was going to do with my life. And yes, the last name maybe helped a little…


  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Palanica A, Docktor MJ, Lieberman M, Fossat Y. The Need for Artificial Intelligence in Digital Therapeutics. Digit Biomark. 2020 Jan-Apr; 4(1):21-25. View abstract
  2. Palanica A, Leier M, Lee A, Fossat Y, Docktor MJ. Enhancing the Patient Experience for Individuals Undergoing Endoscopic Procedures Using Virtual Reality. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2020 03; 70(3):341-343. View abstract
  3. Nicholson MR, Mitchell PD, Alexander E, Ballal S, Bartlett M, Becker P, Davidovics Z, Docktor M, Dole M, Felix G, Gisser J, Hourigan SK, Jensen MK, Kaplan JL, Kelsen J, Kennedy M, Khanna S, Knackstedt E, Leier M, Lewis J, Lodarek A, Michail S, Oliva-Hemker M, Patton T, Queliza K, Russell GH, Singh N, Solomon A, Suskind DL, Werlin S, Kellermayer R, Kahn SA. Efficacy of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Clostridium difficile Infection in Children. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 Mar; 18(3):612-619.e1. View abstract
  4. Palanica A, Docktor MJ, Lee A, Fossat Y. Using mobile virtual reality to enhance medical comprehension and satisfaction in patients and their families. Perspect Med Educ. 2019 04; 8(2):123-127. View abstract
  5. Papa E, Docktor M, Smillie C, Weber S, Preheim SP, Gevers D, Giannoukos G, Ciulla D, Tabbaa D, Ingram J, Schauer DB, Ward DV, Korzenik JR, Xavier RJ, Bousvaros A, Alm EJ. Non-invasive mapping of the gastrointestinal microbiota identifies children with inflammatory bowel disease. PLoS One. 2012; 7(6):e39242. View abstract
  6. Docktor MJ, Paster BJ, Abramowicz S, Ingram J, Wang YE, Correll M, Jiang H, Cotton SL, Kokaras AS, Bousvaros A. Alterations in diversity of the oral microbiome in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2012 May; 18(5):935-42. View abstract