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José Ramírez-Rivera, MD, FCCP, MACP

_Ramirez-River, JoseOccupation: Physician
Born: 
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, June 26, 1929

Education:
Resident, University of Maryland Hospital (Now University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)), Baltimore, MD (1959)
Fellow in Hematology, University of Maryland Hospital (Now University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)), Baltimore, MD (1958-1959)
Resident in Medicine, University of Maryland Hospital (Now University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)), Baltimore, MD (1954-1955)
Intern, University of Maryland Hospital (Now University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)), Baltimore, MD (1953-1954)
MD, Yale University, New Haven, CT (1953)
BA, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1949)
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London, England, United Kingdom
Fellow, College of Chest Physicians, Royal Society of Medicine, London, England, United Kingdom

Certifications: 
Re-Certified, Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (1974)

Career: 
Professor Emeritus, University of Puerto Rico (2017-Present)
Professor of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico (1972-2017)
Associate Chief of Staff for Education, VA Hospital, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1980-1982)
Chief of Medicine, Mayaguez Medical Center (1971-1982)
Director, Medical Education and Clinical Investigation, Western Region, Puerto Rico (1970-1980)
Chief of Professional Services, Mayaguez Medical Center (1970-1978)
Assistant Chief of Medicine, Veterans Hospital, Durham, NC (1968-1970)
Chief, Pulmonary Disease Section, Veterans Hospital, Durham, NC (1968-1970)
Associate Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC (1968-1970)
Instructor in Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1967-1968)
Associate Chief of Staff, VA Hospital, Baltimore, MD (1962-1968)
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1961-1968)
Assistant in Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1960-1967)
Staff Physician, VA Hospital, Baltimore, MD (1960-1967)

Career Related: 
Professor of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe (1998-Present); Director, Clinical Investigation, La Concepcion Hospital, San Germán, Puerto Rico (1996-Present); Professor of Medicine, University Medical Services, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1974-Present); Associate Chief of Staff Education, VA Medical Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1990-1992); Director, University Medical Services, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1982-1986); Director, Rincon Rural Health Project (1975-1982)

Military: 
With, U.S. Public Health Service, (1955-1957)

Civic: 
President, Puerto Rican Bioethics Society (2000-2010); President, Alliance Francaise (2000-2008); Member, Board of Directors, Southwest Society of Educators

Creative Works: 
Featured Biography, “A Todo Bulmon,” by Juan Ramon Saravia (2011); Co-author, Translator with Maria Cadilla de Martinez, “Los Cuentos de Juan Bobo,” Contemporary Spanish Edition, Mass Market Paperback (1998); Translator, “Los Cuentos de Juan Bobo” (1998); Translator, “Leyendas Puertorriquenas,” Spanish Edition (1994); Translator, “Puerto Rican Tales, Legends of Spanish Colonial Times” (1977); Author, “Removing Ventilators from Dying Patients is Moral and Legal,” In Progress; Author, Books of Puerto Rican Legends; Contributing Author, Articles, Medical Journals

Achievements: 
His biography, “A Todo Bulmon,” was written by the Honduran poet and novelist Juan Ramon Saravia and was published in 2011; Creating a technique of lung lavage for alveolar proteinosis

Awards: 
Recipient, Abelardo Diaz Alfaro Prize, Imperial Orden Hispanica de Carlos V (2010); Recipient, Laureate Award, American College of Physicians (2005); Honoree, Man of the Year, Puerto Rico Medical Society Western Section (1981); Honoree, Man of the Year, Puerto Rico Medical Society Western Section (1975); Blaine Brower Traveling Scholar, American College of Physicians (1967); Honoree, Decorated Comendador, Imperial Orden Hispánica de Carlos V; Inductee, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century; Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award; Honoree, Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional; Recipient, Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award

Memberships: 
Member, Board of Directors, Puerto Rican Federation of Bioethics (1999-2012); President, Puerto Rican Federation of Bioethics (2002-2010);  Member, Board of Directors, Alianza Francesa de Puerto Rico (2006-2009); Casa Espanã (1998-2009); President, Alianza Francesa de Puerto Rico (1996-2000); Vice President, Alianza Francesa de Puerto Rico (1995-1996); President, Puerto Rico Chapter, American College of Physicians (1986-1988); Member, Board of Directors, Puerto Rico Lung Association (1975-1980); Member, Imperial Orden Hispanica de Carlos V; Master, American College of Physicians; Member, Royal College of Physicians

Religion: 
Roman Catholic

Family: 
Son of Jesus Ramirez and Nieves Rivera
Married: Sally P. Wheeler (6/20/1952)
Children: Frederico; Steven; Sally; Juliette; Natasha; Leila
Five Grandchildren

Hobbies: 
Classical music; Literature

Biography Sources: 
Who’s Who in America – 2019, 72nd Edition (pub. 2019)
Who’s Who in America – 2016, 70th Edition (pub. 2016)
Who’s Who in America – 2015, 69th Edition (pub. 2014)
Who’s Who in America – 2014, 68th Edition (pub. 2013)
Who’s Who in America – 2013, 67th Edition (pub. 2012)
Who’s Who in America – 2012, 66th Edition (pub. 2011)
Who’s Who in America – 2011, 65th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who in America – 2010, 64th Edition (pub. 2009)
Who’s Who in America – 2009, 63rd Edition (pub. 2008)
Who’s Who in America – 2008, 62nd Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in America – 2007, 61st Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in America – 2006, 60th Edition (pub. 2005)
Who’s Who in America – 2005, 59th Edition (pub. 2004)
Who’s Who in America – 2004, 58th Edition (pub. 2003)
Who’s Who in America – 2003, 57th Edition (pub. 2002)
Who’s Who in America – 2002, 56th Edition (pub. 2001)
Who’s Who in America – 2001, 55th Edition (pub. 2000)
Who’s Who in America – 2000, 54th Edition (pub. 1999)
Who’s Who in America – 1999, 53rd Edition (pub. 1998)
Who’s Who in America – 1998, 52nd Edition (pub. 1997)
Who’s Who in America – 1997, 51st Edition (pub. 1996)
Who’s Who in America – 1996, 50th Edition (pub. 1995)
Who’s Who in America – 1995, 49th Edition (pub. 1994)
Who’s Who in America – 1994, 48th Edition (pub. 1993)
Who’s Who in America – 1992-1993, 47th Edition (pub. 1992)
Who’s Who in America – 1990-1991, 46th Edition (pub. 1990)
Who’s Who in America – 1989-1990, 45th Edition (pub. 1988)
Who’s Who in America – 1987-1988, 44th Edition (pub. 1986)
Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare – 2011-2012, 8th Edition (pub. 2011)
Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare – 2009-2010, 7th Edition (pub. 2009)
Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare – 2006-2007, 6th Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare – 2004-2005, 5th Edition (pub. 2004)
Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare – 2002-2003, 4th Edition (pub. 2002)
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering – 2016-2017, 12th Edition (pub. 2016)
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering – 2011-2012, 11th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering – 2008-2009, 10th Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2016, 42nd Edition (pub. 2015)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2015, 41st Edition (pub. 2014)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2014, 40th Edition (pub. 2013)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2013, 39th Edition (pub. 2012)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2012, 38th Edition (pub. 2011)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2011, 37th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2010, 36th Edition (pub. 2009)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2009, 35th Edition (pub. 2008)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2008, 34th Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2007, 33rd Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2006, 32nd Edition (pub. 2005)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2005, 31st Edition (pub. 2004)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2004, 30th Edition (pub. 2003)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2003, 29th Edition (pub. 2002)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2002, 28th Edition (pub. 2001)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2001, 27th Edition (pub. 2000)
Who’s Who in the World – 2016, 33rd Edition (pub. 2016)
Who’s Who in the World – 2015, 32nd Edition (pub. 2014)
Who’s Who in the World – 2008, 25th Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in the World – 2007, 24th Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in the World – 2006, 23rd Edition (pub. 2005)

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