Dr. Francis Perry Wilson is a physician with board certifications in nephrology and internal medicine. He serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Accelerator and Co-Director of the Human Genetics and Clinical Research Core.

Dr. Wilson attended medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology.

Dr. Wilson uses his extensive education and medical experience to help patients directly and indirectly. He treats patients at Yale New Haven Hospital. He also conducts research to find ways of personalizing medical care for each patient. His work has focused on developing tools to help providers improve their methods and standards of care.

“These tools have the potential to improve care across the board in an evidence-based and equitable fashion.”

– Dr. F. Perry Wilson

Dr. Wilson also spends a significant amount of time working to improve patient-doctor communication. He created the popular online course “Understanding Medical Research: Your Facebook Friend is Wrong” on Coursera. He has also written a book in service of the same goals: How Medicine Works and When It Doesn’t: Learning Who to Trust to Get and Stay Healthy. Both his course and book aim to get patients and doctors on the same page to foster an understanding about patient care.

Dr. Wilson works with the editorial team at to ensure the accuracy of medical and scientific content. He has been featured in several online publications, including Medpage Today and The Huffington Post. He is a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Selected Publications

Wilson FP. How Medicine Works and When It Doesn’t: Learning Who to Trust to Get and Stay Healthy. Grand Central Publishing. 2023.

Nugent J, Wilson FP, et al. Assessment of Acute Kidney Injury and Longitudinal Kidney Function After Hospital Discharge Among Patients With and Without COVID-19. JAMA Network Open. March 2021;4(3):e211095. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.1095

Wilson FP and Berns JS. Tumor Lysis Syndrome: New Challenges and Recent Advances. Advances in Kidney Disease and Health. January 2014;21(1):18-26. doi: 10.1053/j.ackd.2013.07.001