Founder and CEO, Equify Health
Activism & Advocacy
Social Determinants of Health
The Patient Perspective
Sylvie Leotin is a scholar, healthcare innovator, and author with a highly respected professional and academic background. She founded Equify Health on the heel of her cancer journey with the mission to transform healthcare delivery for marginalized patients who bear a disproportionate burden of poor healthcare, turning her negative experience into a force for change.
Sylvie believes that to reverse the healthcare disparities that plague our country, we need to stop treating them as a data problem and instead view them as a human experience problem. Her work with Equify Health combines patient research, human-centered design innovation, and provider education to deliver transformative systemic solutions to health inequities and provide inclusive care to all patients.
As a cancer survivor and woman of color, she possesses unparalleled insight into the problems faced by marginalized patients in healthcare settings. She uses her platform to elevate such previously unheard voices and motivate others to join the quest to build a more inclusive future. Pulling from her inspirational personal story, multidisciplinary skillset, and innovation expertise, Sylvie brings a mix of passion, illumination, and vision to every stage she graces. She is a sought-after speaker whose experience ranges from keynote speeches at Fortune 500 companies to educational lectures at some of the nation’s leading medical schools. She has also been a guest on numerous podcasts, crusading to illuminate and alleviate the unseen needs of marginalized patients.
Sylvie is a widely-published author whose work has been featured in media, academic, and literary publications. Her journal article documenting her radiation therapy experience — which has been downloaded over 2,000 times — sheds light on the dehumanizing systems built solely for efficiency and offers patient-centered solutions that call back to her previous career as a strategy consultant. She authored a popular cancer blog connecting with patients and practitioners alike in 100 countries that both validated the patient experience and articulated what most oncology doctors could never understand. More recently, Sylvie penned an incisive OpEd on the patient experience of healthcare disparities which got published in STAT News and subsequently reprinted in Emory Medicine magazine.
Genentech recognized Sylvie’s significant promise in advancing health equity by awarding her a $750,000 innovation grant to collaborate with the Emory School of Medicine. This award recognizes the most promising and impactful contributions to advancing health equity. As Principal Investigator of the grant, she leads the research and implementation of a groundbreaking medical education curriculum she conceived and will subsequently direct with Emory’s physicians.
Before founding Equify Health, Sylvie was the CEO of Tech Atelier, a strategy consultancy advising startup companies on customer development, experience design, product innovation, and marketing strategy. She has served as Vice President of Marketing for several companies and worked with innovation giants, including NASA, Oracle, and Google.
Sylvie’s distinguished polymathic career crosses industries, disciplines, continents, and cultures. She has been awarded many honors, including winning a gold medal as one of the world’s most promising young ballerinas and being the first woman researcher at the Stanford robotics laboratory (the leading robotics lab in the world). Most recently, she was the first patient to win a large medical research grant, a significant accolade she deeply appreciates. Sylvie holds an MS in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and an MS in Computer Science from INSIEE, as well as undergraduate degrees in mathematics, dance, and music.
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