Department of Medicine
Sylvia realized her interest in global health initially as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. Returning to the U.S. she completed post-bac pre-med courses and received her MD from the University of Louisville. During her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Brown University, she participated in numerous clinical rotations in Kenya, Burundi, Haiti and Malawi, and helped to organize a refugee primary care clinic.
Her current research focuses on improving TB prevention and screening in maternal child health settings. Her other research has focused on the performance of GeneXpert (rapid tuberculosis PCR-based diagnostic) in severely malnourished hospitalized children, and implementation research on counselor-initiated HIV testing of hospitalized adults and pediatric malnutrition screening using lay-screeners.