Thiago J. Avelino-Silva, MD, PhD, is a geriatrician and T32 Aging Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His medical education, Internal Medicine residency, and Geriatrics Fellowship were completed at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School in Brazil. His primary focus is geriatric hospital care research, with a particular emphasis on delirium.
Dr. Avelino-Silva has spearheaded significant cohort studies in the past five years. In 2021, he achieved Brazil’s highest academic honor, the Habilitation, for his work on the CO-FRAIL (COVID-19 and Frailty) Study. The CO-FRAIL study, focused on delirium in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, was among the first to highlight the importance of delirium in this illness. He also co-leads the multinational and multicenter CHANGE (Creating a Hospital Assessment Network in Geriatrics) Study, aiming to create an effective geriatric assessment tool to improve clinical decisions and patient care.
Dr. Avelino-Silva has expanded his research as an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF to include the interplay between equity and aging in brain health. He received the 2022 William and Judith Borten Junior Investigator Award and a 2023 NIDUS Special AD/ADRD Award. Furthermore, he co-chairs the American Geriatrics Society Research Committee, underscoring his dedication to advancing geriatric care and research.