Sylvia E. Rosas, MD, MSCE is a nephrologist and epidemiologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Ma. She is the Director of the Latino Kidney Clinic and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is also a nephrologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Rosas completed medical school at University of Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia and Internal Medicine training at Michael Reese Hospital/University of Illinois at Chicago. She obtained Clinical Nephrology training, a Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology, as well as completed the Wharton Management Program from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Rosas’s primary research focus is on the epidemiology of metabolic and cardiovascular disease complications in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) particularly diabetic kidney disease. In addition, she has evaluated health disparities in individuals with CKD, particularly in those of Hispanic/Latino background. She has contributed to our understanding of vascular calcification and cardiovascular screening tools in patients with CKD. She is a member of the Membership Committee of the Council on The Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease.
She is the clinical center PI in the NIDDK-funded multicenter APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO) that evaluates the role of the APOL1 gene in kidney transplant outcomes. She is also the PI for the Kidney Precision Medicine Program (KPMP) Chronic Kidney Disease recruitment site at Joslin Diabetes Center. KPMP aims to ethically obtain and evaluate human kidney biopsies in order to create a kidney tissue atlas, define disease subgroups, and identify critical cells, pathways, and targets for novel therapies. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, American Journal of Kidney Diseases and the Advances of Chronic Kidney Disease Journal. Dr. Rosas served as the Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Dr. Rosas has been the secretary for Women in Nephrology, as well as Program Committee and Oversight Committee Chair for the NIDDK Network for Minority Health Research Investigators. She has received numerous awards including the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of New England Physician of the Year in 2017, National Hispanic Medical Association Fellow of the Year Award and the 2021 American Society of Nephrology Midcareer Distinguished Leader Award. She is the President-Elect of the National Kidney Foundation 2021-2022 and chairs the Health Equity Advisory Committee.