Filippo Pinto e Vairo

Associate Consultant


Dr. Vairo earned his Medical Degree from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil in 2007. He finished his residency in Medical Genetics at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre in 2011. He received a Master Degree in Medical Sciences:Medicine from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2012, and a Doctorate Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the same University in 2014. He is Board certified by the Brazilian Society of Medical Genetics since 2011 and he was member of the Board Directory as the Director of the Board Certification until 2018. Dr. Vairo joined Mayo Clinic as a Research Fellow in 2016, and now holds an Associate Consultant position in the Department of Clinical Genomics and the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM). Dr. Vairo has developed very successful clinical and research careers in the field of inborn errors of metabolism with main interest in the field of lysosomal diseases being awarded as a Young Physician Leader by the National Medical Academy in 2015. Currently, he is part of the Individualized Medicine Clinic Analysis Team, he pursues more advanced analytics, in order to investigate the genetic etiology of the patient’s condition. Before joining the Mayo Clinic, Dr Vairo has worked as a Clinical Geneticist, with emphasis on Inborn Errors of Metabolism, working at the Medical Genetics Service of Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA), Brazil (which was accredited by the Ministry of Health, Brazil, as Reference Service for Rare Diseases). He was responsible for the investigation, follow-up and treatment of patients with suspected or confirmed genetic metabolic diseases, including patients admitted to the hospital and patients who come to the outpatient clinics and day hospital. Dr Vairo has had training responsibilities in the Medical Genetics Residency Program, and has been developing research activities at the Clinical Research Center and at the Experimental Research Center, focusing his research work in the investigation of lysosomal disorders, particularly in Gaucher and Fabry disease. He is the leader of a large team which works in a research project funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Health on Rare Genetic Diseases. Dr. Vairo is an active collaborator of the “Genetics for All Institute”, a non-governmental organization which promotes access of Brazilian families with genetic diseases to innovative diagnostic and treatment methods. He is also a partner of the MPS Brazil Network, a non-profit initiative that provides support to Brazilian families and Brazilian doctors on information and diagnosis of the mucopolysaccharidoses. Dr. Vairo is an honorary technical advisor of many advocacy groups in Brazil, most of them devoted to the cause of the metabolic diseases. Besides the many presentations and lectures, Dr. Vairo is a prominent faculty member of the “Latin American School of Human and Medical Genetics” and of the “Advanced Course in Diagnosis and Treatment of Metabolic Diseases”, being also a member of the organizing committee of both courses. He is Technical Assistant Editor of the Journal of Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Screening, the official journal of the Latin American Society of Inborn Errors of Metabolism