Vincent M.B. Silenzio, M.D., M.P.H.

Vincent M.B. Silenzio, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Lab: (585) 275-6069
Fax: (585) 273-1082
Administrative: (585) 273-4480
Office: (585) 276-3700

Research Bio

Dr. Silenzio co-directs the Laboratory of Informatics and Network Computational Studies (LINCS). LINCS is a joint effort of faculty, staff and students from the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. Its core consists of interdisciplinary research faculty from psychiatry, computer science, biostatistics and computational biology, and family and community medicine. The lab focuses on collaborative work with communities and community-based partners in the US, South Africa, and China, and with industry partners in social media.

Dr. Silenzio's work capitalizes on the increasing ubiquity of social media and Internet technologies to bring a public health and prevention research focus to the fields of social informatics, machine learning, and network analysis to support public health and public policy needs, risk factor research, and the translation of findings into prevention-oriented clinical and community initiatives. Currently Dr. Silenzio is completing a NIMH-funded, Research Career Award (K23) to study social media-based suicide prevention for LGBT adolescents and young adults, a "hidden population" at high risk for suicide related thoughts and behaviors. He is the P.I. of a three-year, NSF-funded research project to study the use of social media to reach typically "hidden populations" for prevention research, specifically focused on HIV and mental health risk factors among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the US. Through the support of the NIAID-funded Center for AIDS Research at the University of Rochester, Dr. Silenzio is P.I. of a pilot project to study social network-based data collection and intervention design for HIV and mental health risk factors for suicide among MSM in the Western Cape region of South Africa.

Awards & Honors (National)

Fellowship | Royal Society of Medicine | London, England (UK) 2009 - Present
NIMH New Investigator Award | National Institute of Mental Health 2005
Fellowship | New York Academy of Medicine | New York, NY 2001 - Present
New Faculty Orientation Award | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation 1996

Awards & Honors (Local)

Scholarship | New Jersey Academy Of Family Physicians 1990 - 1991
Student Research Fellowship | New Jersey State Department of Health | Trenton, NJ 1987 - 1987
Distinction In Biology, "Hic Gradus Conlatus est Præclorus in Biologia" | University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA 1986

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Apr
Blosnich JR, Farmer GW, Lee JG, Silenzio VM, Bowen DJ. "Health inequalities among sexual minority adults: evidence from ten U.S. states, 2010." American journal of preventive medicine. 2014 Apr; 46(4):337-49.
Cheng Q, Li H, Silenzio V, Caine ED. "Suicide contagion: a systematic review of definitions and research utility." PloS one. 2014 9(9):e108724. Epub 2014 Sep 26.
2013 Jul
Blosnich JR, Silenzio VM. "Physical health indicators among lesbian, gay, and bisexual U.S. veterans." Annals of epidemiology. 2013 Jul; 23(7):448-51. Epub 2013 May 18.
2013 Feb
Blosnich J, Bossarte R, Silver E, Silenzio V. "Health care utilization and health indicators among a national sample of U.S. veterans in same-sex partnerships." Military medicine. 2013 Feb; 178(2):207-12.
2012 Mar
Blosnich JR, Bossarte RM, Silenzio VM. "Suicidal ideation among sexual minority veterans: results from the 2005-2010 Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey." American journal of public health. 2012 Mar; 102 Suppl 1:S44-7. Epub 2012 Jan 25.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Research (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Family Medicine (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)


Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


MPH | Family and Community Health | University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ - NJ Graduate School of Public Health1992
MD | Medicine | University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ - Robert Wood Johsnon Medical School1991
BA | Biology | University of Pennsylvania1986

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital07/01/1994 - 06/30/1995
Residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital07/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Internship in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital06/20/1991 - 06/30/1992