7371-Sotto, Sylk

Sylk M. Sotto, EDD, MBA, MPS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

EH 305
Indianapolis, IN


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.  She co-chaired the school’s Diversity Council; serves on numerous institutional committees; and teaches several courses in research ethics, culturally relevant practices in medicine, and Foundations of Clinical Practice in the Spanish immersion program. 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 leadership and structures; 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, a community engagement program and statewide clinical trials registry focused on community-research and health literacy. She also serves as Health Equity Lead for the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement in the IU Simon Comprehesive Cancer Center.

She is also affiliated with the IU Center for Bioethics and the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE). At the national level, Dr. Sotto served as President, 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, GEA), ASHE, the POD Network, NADOHE, and NAMME.

Available for speaking engagements.
Pubs: Sotto-Santiago, S.   

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, Dilly C, O’Leary H, Craven H, Kara A, Brown C, Kressel A, Rohr-Kirchgraber T, DiMeglio L.  (2021) Reframing Productivity, Promotion and Tenure As a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Faculty Development, 35(1). 

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

  • Assistant 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
  • Co-Director, Workforce Development, Indiana CTSI
  • Affiliate Faculty, IU Center for Bioethics
  • Health Equity Lead, OCOE IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Affiliate, National Institute for Transformation and Equity, IUB

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