Richard Sutton, MD/PhD


Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Infectious Diseases

Microbial Pathogenesis

Virology Laboratories

Yale Cancer Center: Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Yale Medicine

Yale Stem Cell Center

Office of Cooperative Research


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. Currently he is also the chief of ID at VACT in West Haven.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

  • 2013 Avant Garde ScholarNIH-NIDA

Professional Service

  • NIH-NIAID & NIH-NIDA (2003 - Present) Study Section

  • Yale University Institutional Biosafety Committee

  • Yale University Recombinant DNA Committee


  • Identifying Elite Controllers in Uganda Kampala, Uganda (2017)

  • Identifying and characterizing HIV+ elite and viremic controllers Mek'ele, Ethiopia (2015 - 2018)

    We have active collaborations with two sites in Africa to recruit HIV+ individuals who are able to control HIV in the absence of ART; we are actively exploring whether there is a genetic component to virologic control in these individuals.

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Contact Info

Richard Sutton, MD/PhD
Patient Care Location
VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemVA Connecticut Healthcare
950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516
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Mailing Address
Infectious DiseasesPO Box 208056
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8056