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Joseph Vinetz

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Anthropology, and Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Joseph Vinetz, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH, BS



Dr. Vinetz is Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases. He is also Research Professor in the Faculty of Sciences and Laboratory of Research and Development at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and Associated Investigator of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute of Tropical Medicine at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima, Peru. He received his Bachelor of Science from Yale University and received his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, during which time he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and an elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. His research in global health and infectious diseases is problem-based and applies fundamental laboratory approaches. This work is based in his lab at Yale and in the field in Peru, Brazil, and Sri Lanka. His scholarship focuses on public health issues of highest consequence, while simultaneously pursuing basic and translational research from the bench to the bedside. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2001, and by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund/Culpeper Scholarship, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Americas Foundation, with an expanding, internationally-based portfolio.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    National Institutes of Health (1998)
  • Fellow
    Johns Hopkins Hospital (1998)
  • Resident
    Johns Hopkins Hospital (1994)
  • MD
    University of California San Diego, Medicine (1991)


  • Tropical Medicine Research
    Lima, Callao Region, Peru; Acrelândia, AC, Brazil; Anuradhapura, NC, Sri Lanka (2002-2015)
    Field and translation work in malaria and leptospirosis

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Medical Scientist for the Chair in the name of ‘Late P.N. Chuttani'Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India2018
Doctor Honoris CausaUniversidad de la Amazonia Peruana2014
Honorary ProfessorRajarata University of Sri Lanka2014
Association of American Physicians2012
Bailey K. Ashford MedalAmerican Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene2011
FellowAmerican Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene2011
American Society for Clinical Investigation2006
FellowAmerican College of Physicians2003
FellowInfectious Diseases Society of America2003
Charles E. Culpeper Foundation Medical Sciences ScholarRockefeller Brothers Fund1999
Physician Postdoctoral AwardHoward Hughes Medical Institute1995
HHMI-NIH Research ScholarHoward Hughes Medical Institute1988

Professional Service

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesMID Study Section member,2016 - Present
PLoS Neglected Tropical DiseasesDeputy Editor2009 - Present
National Institutes of HealthCRFS Study Section member2008 - 2018
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and HygieneAssociate Editor. Special interest in images in clinical tropical medicine, malaria, zoonoses2000 - Present

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