Dr. Sylvestre (Sylver) Quevedo, MD, MPH, was born in California and completed his undergraduate studies in biology graduating with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. He earned his medical degree at the Harvard Medical School and a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard School of Public Health. After postdoctoral training in family and community medicine at the University of Arizona he spent 4 years developing community health center programs in underserved communities in Colorado, Washington and California. He returned to postdoctoral education with studies in law and public policy at the Stanford Law School, followed by internal medicine at Stanford and a fellowship in nephrology and medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.
As Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Medical School he taught in the core nephrology rotation for Stanford medical students, residents, and fellows. He also served as Associate Chief of Nephrology and Medical Director of the Artificial Kidney Center at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford teaching hospital where he directed the hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programs. He went on to become the founding director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the O'Connor Hospital in San Jose. He was then named Director of Clinical Programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and held the Osher Foundation Chair in Integrative Medicine.
He moved to Duke University School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Medicine and Consulting Medical Director for Duke Integrative Medicinewhere he worked at the senior executive level with the Duke University Health System. He is now on the faculty of Medicine and Global Health at the University of California, San Francisco, and Visiting Professor at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya. He is involved in ambulatory care redesign, international efforts in medical education and health systems design and public-private partnerships in healthcare. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Healthy Humans, Inc. of Philadelphia. Dr. Quevedo has served on national boards and committees of the American Kidney Fund, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American College of Physicians, and the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health.
Dr. Quevedo discusses the integration of cross-cultural traditional healing practices with modern western medicine and the developing interdisciplinary curriculum for a new medical training center in Kenya.
In this dialogue, integrative physician Sylver Quevedo draws upon his scientific expertise and his deep appreciation of indigenous and alternative pathways to healing to paint a picture of a more balanced kind of medicine that treats the whole person.