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

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 273-4480

Office: (585) 276-3700

Fax: (585) 273-1082

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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.



  • Family Medicine


BA | University of Pennsylvania

MD | University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ - Robert Wood Johsnon Medical School

MPH | University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ - NJ Graduate School of Public Health
Family and Community Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1994 - 06/30/1995
Fellowship in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

06/20/1991 - 06/30/1992
Internship in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

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2009 - Present
Sponsor: Royal Society of Medicine
Location: London, England (UK)

NIMH New Investigator Award
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health

2001 - Present
Sponsor: New York Academy of Medicine
Location: New York, NY

New Faculty Orientation Award
Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation

1990 - 1991
Sponsor: New Jersey Academy Of Family Physicians

1987 - 1987
Student Research Fellowship
Sponsor: New Jersey State Department of Health
Location: Trenton, NJ

Distinction In Biology, "Hic Gradus Conlatus est Præclorus in Biologia"
Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia, PA

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Journal Articles

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 0; 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.

Blosnich JR, Silenzio VM. "Physical health indicators among lesbian, gay, and bisexual U.S. veterans." Annals of epidemiology.. 2013 Jul 0; 23(7):448-51. Epub 2013 May 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Public Health Research in LGBT Populations
Book Title: The Handbook of LGBT Health
Author List: Sell RL, Silenzio VMB
Edited By: Shankle M
Published By: Hayworth Press 2006 in New York

Chapter Title: Care of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients
Book Title: Glass's Office Gynecology, 6th Ed.
Author List: Harrison AE, Silenzio VMB
Edited By: Curtis MG
Published By: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins 2005 in New York

Chapter Title: New curricula in film studies and narrative medicine
Book Title: Cinemeducation
Author List: Silenzio VMB, Irvine CA, Bregman BE, Sember RE
Edited By: Alexander M, Lenahan P, Pavlov A
Published By: Oxford-Radcliff Press 2005 in New York