Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, DrPH, MS is a Research Scholar of the S-SPIRE Center. She has over 14 years experience in high-level support of research projects at Stanford, including research design, implementation and dissemination, specifically, qualitative and mixed methods research. She has significant content expertise in the following research areas: patient-physician communication, intraoperative team communication, and language barriers. Dr. Merrell also works closely with educators to design and implement medical education curricula and research across the learning spectrum. Additional interests include capacity building in research methodology for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.
Current Role at Stanford
Research Director of the Goodman Surgical Education Center, mentoring the Surgical Education Fellows in medical education research principles and endeavors. In addition, providing support to Department of Surgery medical education programs. Through the Stanford-Surgery Policy Improvement and Research Education Center (S-SPIRE), supports health services research, focusing on mixed methods and qualitative inquiries.
Education & Certifications
DrPH, University of California, Berkeley, Doctor of Public Health (2012)
MS, Stanford University, Anthropological Sciences (2004)
BA, Stanford University, Human Biology (2004)