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Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology); Chief of Rheumatology, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Program Director, CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD

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  • Rheumatology

    300 Cedar Street TAC S-525, PO Box 208031

    New Haven, CT 06520-8031

    United States



Dr. Hsieh is Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) at Yale, and Chief of Rheumatology for the VA Connecticut HealthCare System. She enjoys caring for patients and teaching on the medical wards of the West Haven VA Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Hsieh has expertise in global health, with a specific focus on integrating biomedical and behavioral research methods to improve outcomes for rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in countries in economic transition. The major emphasis of this body of research has focused on mechanisms, epidemiology, and prevention strategies for osteoporosis among individuals with HIV in China. The tools and models developed through this work have also translated to projects in other low-resource settings (osteoporosis, fracture and sarcopenia among women with HIV in Peru), and other models of secondary osteoporosis (breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis). She also has a longstanding commitment to medical education and global health research training.

Dr. Hsieh's research is supported by the International Research Scientist Development Award from the NIH/Fogarty International Center and the Rheumatology Research Foundation. She has also received support from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation/NIH National Center for the Advancing Translational Sciences, and the Doris Duke Foundation.

She is a co-founder of the Yale Network for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, and was honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology from 2017-2020. She is the inaugural chair of the ACR Global Engagement Special Committee.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Investigative Medicine (Epidemiology & Global Health) (2014)
  • Clinical & Research Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (2014)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2010)
  • Intern
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2008)
  • MPH
    Harvard School of Public Health (2006)
  • MD
    Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2006)


  • Improving self-care among people with chronic conditions in Uganda
    Nakaseke, Uganda (2018-2020)
  • Access to Training and Use of Muscuskeletal Ultrasound among Rheumatologists in China
    Beijing, China 2016
  • Osteoporosis Risk Factors, Knowledge and Health Beliefs among Women from a Peri-Urban Community in Peru
    Lima, Peru 2015
  • Osteoporosis Among Individuals with HIV in China
    Beijing, China 2012
    These studies aim to measure and explore mechanisms associated with bone loss among Chinese individuals with human immunodeficiency viral after initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), with a special interest in tenofovir-based regimens which have been available first line in China since 2012. As well, we seek to explore behavioral factors, such as knowledge and health beliefs, that may influence risk for osteoporosis and fracture in this population.
  • Vertebral Fractures Among Breast Cancer Survivors in China
    Beijing, China 2012
    The objective of this pilot study is to measure vertebral fracture prevalence, and explore knowledge and health beliefs surrounding osteoporosis among a cohort of Chinese breast cancer survivors compared with healthy age-matched controls.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Migrant Female Sex Workers in Peru
    Lima, Peru (2004-2010)
    The goal of this project was to examine the prevalence and types of human papilloma virus infection and other sexually transmitted infections including HTLV in Peruvian female sex workers (FSW), migrant FSW working in Peru, and unregistered FSW.
  • Private Sector Health Providers and Sexually Transmitted Infections Management in Peru
    Peru (2004-2007)
    Using data collected as part of the Prevention of sexually transmitted infections in urban communities (Peru PREVEN) multicomponent community-randomised controlled trial, we assessed the role of private sector physicians and midwives in the management of sexually transmitted infections in the provinces of Peru.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
U.S.-China Fulbright ScholarU.S. Department of State2018
Stony Brook 40 under Forty Alumni AwardStony Brook University2016
Distinguished Fellow AwardAmerican College of Rheumatology2013
Frederick L. Sachs AwardYale Department of Internal Medicine2010
Arnold J. Gold Humanism in Medicine AwardStony Brook School of Medicine2006

Professional Service

American College of RheumatologyBoard of Directors2017 - Present
American College of RheumatologyGovernment Affairs Committee2016 - Present
American College of RheumatologyCommittee on Research2016 - 2017
American College of RheumatologyInternational Task Force2014 - 2015
American College of RheumatologyCurriculum Subcommittee, Committee on Training and Workforce2013 - 2016

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