Title: Professor of Medicine
Company: Universidad Central del Caribe
Location: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, United States
Jose Ramirez-Rivera, MD, Professor of Medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and higher education.
A professor of medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe since 1998 and director of clinical investigation at La Concepcion Hospital since 1996, Dr. Ramirez-Rivera has amassed nearly 60 years of professional excellence in his industry. In addition, he has been a professor emeritus of the medical sciences campus at the University of Puerto Rico since 2017, having previously served as a professor of medicine since 1972. Prior to these positions, he was an associate chief of staff education at the VA Medical Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 1990 to 1992, director of university medical services on the medical sciences campus at the University of Puerto Rico from 1982 to 1986, director of the Rincon Rural Health Project from 1975 to 1982, and chief of medicine at Mayaguez Medical Center from 1971 to 1982.
Previously, Dr. Ramirez-Rivera served as the director of medical education and clinical investigation in the western region of Puerto Rico from 1970 to 1980, chief of professional services at Mayaguez Medical Center from 1970 to 1978, and assistant chief of medicine and chief of the pulmonary disease section at the Veterans Hospital in Durham, NC, from 1968 to 1970. Likewise, he was an associate professor at Duke University from 1968 to 1970, an instructor in medicine at Johns Hopkins University from 1967 to 1968, an associate chief of staff at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, MD, from 1962 to 1968, and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland from 1961 to 1968. He commenced his career as an assistant in medicine at Johns Hopkins University and staff physician at the VA Hospital in Baltimore from 1960 to 1967. Locally, he served on the board of directors at the Southwest Society of Educators.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Ramirez-Rivera pursued an education at Johns Hopkins University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1949, followed by a Doctor of Medicine from Yale University in 1953. He completed his internship, two residencies in medicine, and a fellowship in hematology at the University of Maryland Hospital from 1953 to 1959. He subsequently became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and College of Chest Physicians with the Royal Society of Medicine. He has since become a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Renowned for creating a technique of lung lavage for alveolar proteinosis, Dr. Ramirez-Rivera has maintained affiliation with several organizations in his fields of interest. The former president and on the board of directors of Alianza Francesa de Puerto Rico from 1996 to 2000 and from 2006 to 2009, respectively, he was the president of the Puerto Rican Federation of Bioethics from 2002 to 2010 and on the board of directors of the federation from 1999 to 2012. A member of Casa Espanã from 1998 to 2009, he was also president of the Puerto Rico chapter of the American College of Physicians from 1986 to 1988 and on the board of directors of the Puerto Rico Lung Association from 1975 to 1980. He was also a Blaine Brower Traveling Scholar and a Master of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Ramirez-Rivera was the translator for “Lose Cuentos de Juan Bobo” in 1998, “Leyendas Puertorriquenas: Spanish Edition” in 1994, and “Puerto Rican Tales: Legends of Spanish Colonial Times” in 1977. In addition, he is currently writing a paper for publication entitled “Removing Ventilators from Dying Patients is Moral and Legal.” In recognition of his exceptional contributions to medicine, he received the Abelardo Diaz Alfaro Prize from the Imperial Orden Hispanica de Carlos V in 2010 and the Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians in 2005. He was also named Man of the Year by the western section of the Puerto Rico Medical Society in 1975 and 1981.
Married to Sally P. Wheeler since 1952 with six children, Dr. Ramirez-Rivera enjoys listening to classical music and reading in his spare time. Notably, he was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
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