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Richard Sutton, MD/PhD

Professor; Chief, Infectious Diseases, at VACT, Medicine

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Richard Sutton, MD/PhD

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After finishing his undergraduate studies at Brown University, Dr. Sutton enrolled in the MSTP at Stanford, where he obtained his PhD degree with Dr. John Boothroyd, working on African trypanosomes. He then completed a categorical residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in infectious diseases at UCSF. After post-doctoral stints with Drs. Harold Varmus, Dan Littman, and Pat Brown in which he worked on HTLV cell binding and entry and the development of HIV-based gene therapy vectors, he joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine. In 2008 he was recruited to Yale to continue his work on HIV replication and lentiviral vectors. Dr. Sutton spends approximately 50% of his time at the research bench and 25% in the clinical setting, both out-patient and in-patient. He is also the chief of Infectious Diseases at VACT in West Haven, CT, which takes up 25% of his time. Dr. Sutton was involved in a near fatal bicycle versus car accident in April 2022; he had cardiac arrest twice and spent roughly a month in YNHH’s SICU and several more months at Gaylord H., undergoing multiple surgeries on his left leg, pelvis, and thorax. At this point his brain hemorrhages have largely resolved and he actively runs his research lab at Yale and has returned to his clinical position, as described above.

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral fellow
    UCSF then Stanford University (1998)
  • Fellow
    UC San Francisco (1993)
  • Resident
    Hospital University of Pennsylvania (1992)
  • MD/PhD
    Stanford University School of Medicine (1989)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding Organization
2013 Avant Garde ScholarNIH-NIDA

Professional Service

NIH-NIAID & NIH-NIDAStudy Section2003 - Present

Departments & Organizations