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Urban — Global Public Health

Faculty Profile

  • Vincent M. Silenzio, MD, MPH

  • Professor

  • Department of Urban-Global Public Health

  • CV


global health, lgbtq health, mental health, wellbeing, data science, network science, machine learning, digital public health mHealth, eHealth, primary care, general medicine

Dr. Silenzio received his MD from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1991) and his MPH from Rutgers School of Public Health (1992). His graduate work focused on cross-cultural variation in models of HIV prevention and clinical care. He then completed a residency and fellowship training in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he continued his research work on LGBTQ community health. Dr. Silenzio served as a founding member of the Center for LGBT Health at Columbia. He and his colleagues produced a white paper on LGBT Health for the Department of Health and Human Services, which helped form the basis for the first Companion Document on LGBT health to be included in the Healthy People 2010 report.

Dr. Silenzio’s current work focuses on the use of social media and other sources of big data for LGBTQ mental health and wellbeing research, with a particular focus on suicide prevention research. Over the past decade, he has been collaborating on research and training projects in Mongolia, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao People''''''''s Democratic Republic, Indonesia, Myanmar, and South Africa, focusing on technology innovation in addressing global health challenges, especially in the areas of mental health and HIV/AIDS. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers, major presentations, and texts, including co-editing the two-volume GLMA Handbook of LGBT Health published in 2019. He served as the editor of the Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and currently is a Senior Associate Editor of the Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health.

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