Sylk M. Sotto

Sylk M. Sotto, EdD, MBA, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Dr. Sotto serves as the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity in the Department of Medicine. Her scholarship and research centers on (in)equity in academic medicine.  In addition, Dr. Sotto interests include faculty affairs and professional development, equity, inclusion and diversity, STEM and medical education, and leadership & administration. Dr. Sotto is committed to equity and inclusion of underrepresented groups at all levels of academia and healthcare.

Dr. Sotto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Colorado State University, a Masters in Business Administration; a Masters in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Health Policy, Law and Ethics; and a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Denver. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of underrepresented groups in academic medicine, including their socialization, mentoring, and professional development.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she publishes under both or her last names: Sylk Sotto Santiago. Available for speaking engagements.  

Key Publications

(Dis)Incentivizing Patient Satisfaction Metrics: The Unintended Consequences of Institutional Bias. Sotto-Santiago S, Slaven JE, Rohr-Kirchgraber T. Health Equity. 2019 Feb 4;3(1):13-18. doi: 10.1089/heq.2018.0065. eCollection 2019. PMID:30729230


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Medicine-Executive Faculty Adm
Indianapolis, IN


Titles & Appointments

  • Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Diversity
  • Co-Chair, IU School of Medicine Diversity Council
  • Affiliate Faculty, Indiana CTSI-Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program
  • Affiliate, National Institute for Transformation and Equity