Office Address:
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Instructor in Medicine

Brief Bio
Dr. Sophia Yu is a native of California. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in biological sciences at Stanford University and her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed her internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt and continued as an adult endocrinology fellow. Prior to Vanderbilt, Dr. Yu was a clinical research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she sought to understand the triglyceride paradox in African Americans. She continues her research in risk factors for cardiometabolic disease at Vanderbilt and is a member of the physician-scientist organization, Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society. She has served as Chief Endocrinology Fellow during her training and is delighted to stay at Vanderbilt as Instructor of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include diabetes, sex and ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease, and lipid disorders.
San Leandro, CA
Previous Institution
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Previous Role/Title
Clinical Fellow
Adult Endocrinology


M.D. - University of California
B.S. - Stanford University

Articles in Referenced Journals:

Zhu L, Shi J, Luu TN, Neuman JC, Trefts E, Yu S, Palmisano BT, Wasserman DH, Linton MF, Stafford JM. Hepatocyte estrogen receptor alpha mediates estrogen action to promote reverse cholesterol transport during Western-type diet feedingMol Metab [print-electronic]. 2018 Feb; 8: 106-16. PMID: 29331506, PMCID: PMC5985047, PII: S2212-8778(17)30683-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.molmet.2017.12.012, ISSN: 2212-8778. 

Yu SS, Bischoff LA. Thyroid Cancer in PregnancySemin. Reprod. Med [print-electronic]. 2016 Nov; 34(6): 351-5. PMID: 27741551, DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1593484, ISSN: 1526-4564. 

Yu SS, Ramsey NL, Castillo DC, Ricks M, Sumner AE. Triglyceride-based screening tests fail to recognize cardiometabolic disease in African immigrant and African-American menMetab Syndr Relat Disord [print-electronic]. 2013 Feb; 11(1): 15-20. PMID: 23215943, PMCID: PMC3557430, DOI: 10.1089/met.2012.0114, ISSN: 1557-8518. 

Castillo DC, Ramsey NL, Yu SS, Ricks M, Courville AB, Sumner AE. Inconsistent Access to Food and Cardiometabolic Disease: The Effect of Food InsecurityCurr Cardiovasc Risk Rep. 2012 Jun; 6(3): 245-50. PMID: 22629473, PMCID: PMC3357002, ISSN: 1932-9520. 

Yu SS, Castillo DC, Courville AB, Sumner AE. The triglyceride paradox in people of African descentMetab Syndr Relat Disord [print-electronic]. 2012 Apr; 10(2): 77-82. PMID: 22224930, PMCID: PMC3311911, DOI: 10.1089/met.2011.0108, ISSN: 1557-8518.