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Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and of Pathology; Associate Director, Yale MD-PhD Program; Associate Director, Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program

Contact Information

Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    Department of Medicine (Digestive Diseases), P.O. Box 208019

    New Haven, CT 06520-8019

    United States



Silvia Vilarinho is a physician-scientist who uses genetics, genomics and human samples to investigate the molecular basis of various liver diseases of unknown etiology. Using these approaches, we have identified five novel genetic liver diseases. Our research goal is to continue to discover new genes important in liver function both in health and disease and to use cell biology and animal models to determine the specific mechanism(s) linking mutant gene to disease as a roadmap to further understand and treat rare and common liver diseases.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    Yale University (2015)
  • Residency
    Yale University (2011)
  • Internship
    University of Minnesota (2010)
  • PhD
    University of Porto, Portugal (2008)
  • MD
    University of Porto (2004)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Young Physician-Scientist AwardAmerican Society for Clinical Investigation2022
Inaugural John N. Forrest, Jr. Prize for Mentorship in Student Research2021
Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Award2019
Junior Faculty Samuel Kushlan Award2017
AASLD Sheila Sherlock Clinical and Translational Research Award2015
Samuel Kushlan Award for Excellence in Research during Digestive Diseases Fellowship2015

Professional Service

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)AASLD Research Awards Committee2021 - Present
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)AASLD Basic Research Committee2021 - Present

Departments & Organizations