Syl is a Narrative Medicine Fellow and the Pat Fallon Humanism Scholar at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and serves as part of the Hennepin Health Systems leadership team. He is a graduate of Augsburg College, the writer and producer of more than 60 plays, and a medical journalist. He is a qualitative researcher working on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s international grant investigating co-production of healthcare services at HCMC, in Minneapolis, and Radboud University, in the Netherlands. Syl’s focus at HCMC is in instilling narrative competency for interns, residents and staff and in bringing the power of the arts to the healthcare workplace. In addition, his expertise is in interviewing patients and capturing patient stories that illuminate the human experience. His most recent play, BECAUSE: A Play About People in Crisis, examined the stories of patients dealing with mental illness. He also produces video programs for the Hennepin Health Foundation and other divisions within HCMC.
Fun Facts: Syl began writing professionally when he was 14 years old for a newspaper in Cincinnati, Ohio. In August 1980, his interview with William Bradford Shockley was published in Playboy Magazine.