Tamara Sulistyo was exposed to PCORI by a colleague with whom she attended graduate school in intercultural communication, and was delighted when her colleague encouraged her to get involved. Sulistyo is motivated to be mentored and to network with other Ambassadors, learning best practices from their experiences sharing the PCORI mission of patient centeredness and engagement in healthcare research, paired with actionable answers. Her goal is to help disseminate and amplify this message. Diagnosed in 2018 with a rare cancer, uveal melanoma, Sulistyo has been a patient in three clinical trials and received four additional forms of treatment across three universities and the Mayo Clinic. She has witnessed firsthand the impact to patient outcomes that disparities in heath access can make. Professionally she is a leadership and career development coach for the healthcare, medical device, and other industries. Her team designs and delivers programming tailored to closing the gap women and others of diverse heritage experience in access to executive sponsors and business acumen growth that men often receive informally and spontaneously.
Involvement with PCORI
Mentorship Program Participant