7371-Sotto, Sylk

Sylk M. Sotto, EDD

Associate Professor of Medicine

EH 305
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Sotto serves as the Vice-chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and as Vice-chair for Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her scholarship and research center on (in)equity in academic medicine. Her interests include faculty affairs and professional development; STEM/medical education and inclusive learning environments; organizational structures and institutional bias; and the intersection of health equity and research ethics. 

She is affiliated with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Institute (IN CTSI) where she serves as co-director of Workforce Development and Director of All IN for Health, an initiative from the IN CTSI dedicated to improving the health of Indiana residents by promoting health resources and research, including a research volunteer registry across the state. She also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the IN CTSI.

Dr. Sotto teaches several courses in research ethics, culturally relevant practices in medicine, and foundations of clinical practice in the Spanish immersion program.
Dr. Sotto is also affiliated with the IU Center for Bioethics and the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE) at IU Bloomington. At the national level, Dr. Sotto served as President of the Administrators in Internal Medicine (AIM), on the Board of Directors and as Diversity & Inclusion liaison for the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). Additionally, she is an active member of various AAMC groups (GDI & GFA), ASHE, the POD Network, NADOHE, and NAMME among others.

***Dr. Sotto is available for speaking engagements and consulting requests.
She also enjoys championing faculty and trainees from historically marginalized and minoritized backgrounds along all career stages. Please feel free to contact her.***

Key Publications

Sotto-Santiago S., Slaven J., Rohr-Kirchgraber T. (2019) (Dis)Incentivizing Patient Satisfaction Metrics: The Unintended Consequences of Institutional Bias. Health Equity. 2019 Feb 4;3(1):13-18. doi: 10.1089/heq.2018.0065. 2019.

Sotto-Santiago, S., Saelua, N., Tuitt, F. (2019) “All Faculty Matter”: The Continued Search for Culturally Relevant Practices in Faculty Development. Journal of Faculty Development. Volume 33. September 2019. Pp.83-94(12).

Sotto-Santiago, S. (2019). Time to reconsider the word minority in academic medicine. Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity, 12(1), 72-78.

Sotto-Santiago, S., Mac, J, Duncan, F, Smith, J. (2020). “I didn’t know what to say.”: Responding to Racism, Discrimination, and Microaggressions with the OWTFD Approach”.  Meded Portal. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10971

Sotto-Santiago, S
. (2020). Am I Really Good Enough?”: Black and Latinx Experiences with Faculty Development.” To Improve the Academy, Journal of Educational Development. Vol.39, No. 2 (Fall 2020).

Sotto-Santiago S, Poll-Hunter N, Poll-Hunter N, Trice T, Buenconsejo-Lum L, Golden S, Howell J, Jacobs N, Lee W,  Mason H, Ogunyemi D, Crespo W, & Lamba S. A Framework for Developing Anti-racist Medical Educators and Practitioner Scholars.
Academic Medicine.Acad Med. 2021 Aug 31. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004385. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34469355.  

Sotto-Santiago S, Sharp S, Mac J, Messmore N, Haywood A, Tyson M, & Yi V. (2021). Reclaiming the Mission of Academic Medicine: An Examination of Institutional Responses to (Anti)Racism. AEM Education and Training. AEM Educ Train. 2021 Sep 29;5(Suppl 1):S33-S43. doi: 10.1002/aet2.10668. PMID: 34616971; PMCID: PMC8480491

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Vice-chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
  • Vice-chair for Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion
  • Director, All IN for Health, Indiana CTSI
  • Chief Diversity Officer, Indiana CTSI
  • Co-Director, Workforce Development, Indiana CTSI
  • Faculty Investigator, IU Center for Bioethics
  • Education
    2016 EDD University of Denver
    2008 MPS University of Denver
    2003 MBA University of Denver
    1999 BS Colorado State University
  • Research

    (In)equity in academic medicine and higher educationunderrepresentation and gender equity in academic medicine; faculty affairs and professional development; medical education (UME/GME/STEM)-learning environments; organizational structures and insitutional bias; research ethics and health equity; and overall equity, diversity & inclusion.

    Please search PubMed and Google Scholar: Sotto-Santiago, S. 
    Also in Linked In and ResearchGate

  • Publications
    Human herpesvirus-8 infection of primary pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells.
    Bull TM; Meadows CA; Coldren CD; Moore M; Sotto-Santiago SM; Nana-Sinkam SP; Campbell TB; Geraci MW; 2008 Jun 27
    Prostacyclin prevents pulmonary endothelial cell apoptosis induced by cigarette smoke.
    Nana-Sinkam SP; Lee JD; Sotto-Santiago S; Stearman RS; Keith RL; Choudhury Q; Cool C; Parr J; Moore MD; Bull TM; Voelkel NF; Geraci MW; American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 2007 Jan 25
    Prostacyclin synthase in smoking-related lung disease.
    Nana-Sinkam SP; Lee JD; Stearman R; Sakao S; Sotto-Santiago S; Voelkel NF; Geraci MW; 2006 Aug
    Prostacyclin synthase promoter regulation and familial pulmonary arterial hypertension.
    Nana-Sinkam P; Oyer RJ; Stearman RS; Sotto-Santiago S; Moore MD; Bull TM; Grady MC; Choudhery Q; Nemenoff RA; Lane K; Loyd JE; Geraci MW; 2005 Dec
    Microarray analysis of peripheral blood cells in pulmonary arterial hypertension, surrogate to biopsy.
    Bull TM; Coldren CD; Nana-Sinkam P; Sotto-Santiago SM; Moore M; Voelkel NF; Geraci MW; 2005 Dec
    Prostacyclin in human non-small cell lung cancers.
    Nana-Sinkam P; Golpon H; Keith RL; Oyer RJ; Sotto-Santiago S; Moore MD; Franklin W; Nemenoff RA; Geraci MW; 2004 May
    Gene microarray analysis of peripheral blood cells in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
    Bull TM; Coldren CD; Moore M; Sotto-Santiago SM; Pham DV; Nana-Sinkam SP; Voelkel NF; Geraci MW; 2004 Jun 23
    Pulmonary prostacyclin synthase overexpression chemoprevents tobacco smoke lung carcinogenesis in mice.
    Keith RL; Miller YE; Hudish TM; Girod CE; Sotto-Santiago S; Franklin WA; Nemenoff RA; March TH; Nana-Sinkam SP; Geraci MW; 2004 Aug 15
    Hypoxia induces different genes in the lungs of rats compared with mice.
    Hoshikawa Y; Nana-Sinkam P; Moore MD; Sotto-Santiago S; Phang T; Keith RL; Morris KG; Kondo T; Tuder RM; Voelkel NF; Geraci MW; 2003 Feb 6
  • Professional Organizations
    Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine
    Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
    Association of American Medical Colleges
    National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
    National Association of Medical Minority Educators
  • Clinical Interests

    Pulmonary Diseases. (Publications between 2003-2008)

  • Awards
    Org: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Desc: IU Scholar Educator Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2023-10-01
    Desc: Scholar Educator Award
    Scope: School
    Date: 2023-09-01
    Org: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
    Desc: Distinguished Service Award
    Scope: National
    Date: 2022-04-01
    Org: Department of Medicine
    Desc: Distinguished Teaching Award
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2021-06-01
    Org: Department of Medicine
    Desc: Outstanding Contributions to Inclusive Excellence
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2021-06-01
    Desc: Trustee Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2021-05-01
    Org: Indiana University Board of Trustees Teaching Award
    Desc: Indiana University Board of Trustees Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2021-03-01
    Org: Indiana University
    Desc: IUPUI Women's Leadership Award
    Scope: Campus
    Date: 2020-03-01
    Org: Second Annual Dr. Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine Series Lectureship
    Desc: Named Lectureship in honor of Dr. Treadwell, the first African-American Woman Full Professor at the School highlighting work of women leaders in academic medicine and at IUSM.
    Scope: School
    Date: 2018-03-01

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