Rochester, Minnesota


Sia.Irene@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Irene G. Sia, M.D., uses a community-based participatory research approach to address health issues affecting immigrants and refugees. She collaborates with community partners and researchers within and outside Mayo Clinic.

Focus areas

  • Immigrant and refugee health. Through partnerships with various community and academic institutions, Dr. Sia's research addresses health disparities affecting immigrants and refugees.
  • Community-based participatory research. Dr. Sia uses an investigative approach that equitably includes community partners in all phases of the research.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Sia hopes that through community-based participatory research, communities and researchers develop a better understanding of issues affecting the health of the community and thereby improve health care to achieve the common goal of health equity.

Professional highlights

  • Recipient, Meritorious Minority Service Award, Minnesota Medical Association, 2010
  • Recipient, Community Caring Award, Mayo Award for Excellence, Mayo Clinic, 2008


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Public Health, Infectious Diseases, and Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine


  1. Diploma - Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom
  2. MSc - Tropical Medicine and International Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London
  3. Fellow - Infectious Diseases Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Resident Infectious Disease, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. Resident - Internal Medicine Albert Einstein Medical Center
  6. Internship - Internal Medicine Albert Einstein Medical Center
  7. Resident - Internal Medicine Santo Tomas University Hospital
  8. Internship Santo Tomas University Hospital
  9. MD University of Santo Tomas
  10. BS - Biology Accelerated University of Santo Tomas

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