Silvia Vaca, MD

Silvia was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was 6 years old. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mandarin Chinese at Georgia Tech. Silvia then attended Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was awarded funding for an additional year dedicated to global neurosurgery research in Uganda under the mentorship of Dr. Gerald Grant. Outside of neurosurgery, Silvia enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, and spending time with family and friends.


2019 – Present
Stanford University
 – Palo Alto, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician

2014 – 2019                                                                                 
Stanford University School of Medicine 
– Palo Alto, CA
M.D., Scholarly concentration in Bioengineering & Global Health

Georgia Institute of Technology
– Atlanta, GA
B.S. Biomedical Engineering

Program Completion:


Research Interests:

Global neurosurgery, expanding neurosurgical capacity in low-resource settings

Awards and Honors:

Mary Duke Biddle Global Health Scholar (2019)
Stanford Traveling Medical Scholar (2015 – 2016)
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Lab Fellow (2015)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Outstanding Senior Award (2013)



Silvia Vaca