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Who We Are


Established in 2016, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s OCOE aims to eliminate the burden of cancer throughout South Florida, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.

The efforts of the OCOE are supported by the 25 members of our Community Advisory Committee. Guided by their input, the OCOE participates in cancer screenings, health fairs, cancer education and awareness programs, engaging diverse community members in culturally-tailored education about cancer and the benefits of clinical trial participation.

By working with Sylvester’s teams and partners, the OCOE is able to obtain a clearer picture of the cancer burden in South Florida and learn how to match local need with research opportunity.

Sylvester has supported and recently expanded the OCOE to provide evidence-based health information through tailored interventions and community events, which are designed to educate the community about cancer prevention, screening, early diagnosis, as well as increase awareness of and trust in research conducted at Sylvester.

Sylvester investigators are also taking a leadership role in shaping statewide policy and global oncology initiatives.

We are planning activities that will further expand Sylvester’s outreach and research footprint in South Florida and abroad.

Meet the Team

Cynthia Thiry, MS
Director, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement

Rachelle Theodore
Community Health Educator

Arnaldo Tecero
Community Health Educator

Kenia Sanchez
Community Health Educator

Dr. Ayodele Gomih
Post Doctoral Associate

Dr. Zinzi Bailey
Assistant Scientist