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Margarita Ramirez

Faculty RankProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Puerto Rico
DepartmentInternal Medicine
AddressUrb. Santa Maria
1838 Calle Begonia
San Juan PR 927
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    Margarita Ramirez-Vick, MD POSITION TITLE
    Professor of Medicine
    eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login)

    EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable.)
    (if applicable) MM/YY FIELD OF STUDY
    University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayaguez Campus
    UPR, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan Pre-Med
    Pre-Med 12/83
    06/85 Biology
    UPR, School of Medicine (SoM), San Juan MD 06/89 Medicine
    UPR, SoM, Medical Sciences Campus (MSC), San Juan Resident 06/92 Internal Medicine
    UPR, SoM, MSC,San Juan Fellow 06/94 Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism

    A. Personal Statement
    As a clinical endocrinologist I am contributing with my expertise with human subjects. I have been Program Director of one of the 2 training programs in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism in Puerto Rico, for the past 12 years. In our Program we carry out 3 weekly outpatient clinics in which about 400 patients are evaluated each month, and approximately half of those are diabetics. Our patient population is from across the island since our institution receives mostly patients outside the metropolitan area, which makes it ideal as a representative sample for our study. As collaborator to this study I will screen those patients from our clinics that meet the criteria for inclusion and help in coordinating their subsequent visits to the research clinic to follow the requisites described in the protocol. In 2004, I participated in a multicentric international protocol testing the hypoglycemic agent exenatide as a new agent for diabetic therapy before its approval. I have done research on the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in our population and its association to women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. In our facilities we perform specialized hormonal testing on a regular basis, and as a contributor to this study I will also interpret the tests for insulin resistance to be done in the research patients.

    B. Positions and Honors
    Positions and Employment
    7/92-6/94 Clinical Instructor-Ad Honorem, Internal Medicine Service, UPR, MSC, University Hospital, PR
    1994-present Faculty of the Endocrinology Division, Residency Program, UPR, SoM, MSC, PR
    1994-present Clinical practice in Endocrinology, University Medical Services Group Practice, UPR, MSC, PR
    1994-2002 Assistant Professor, Int. Med. Service, UPR, SoM, MSC, University Hospital, PR
    2003-present Program Director, Endocrinology Training Program, UPR, SoM, MSC, Univ. Hospital, PR
    2002-2007 Associate Professor, Internal Medicine Service, UPR, SoM, MSC
    2007-present Professor, Internal Medicine Service, UPR, SoM, MSC, PR
    2015-present Acting Director, Endocrinology Section, UPR, SoM, MSC, University Hospital, PR
    2016-present Director, Endocrinology Section, UPR, SoM, MSC, University Hospital, PR

    Other Experience
    1994-2003 Endocrinology Consultant, Centro Cardiovascular de PR y del Caribe, San Juan, PR
    2001-2004 Key faculty member in Internal Medicine Department, UPR, SoM, MSC
    07/09-present Mechanisms of Disease Course Coordinator for 3rd year medical students, UPR, SoM, MSC, PR
    1994-present Director, Forum in Clinical Investigation, Endocrinology Division, UPR, MSC, University Hospital, PR
    06/01-2012 Member, Graduate Medical Education Committee, Int. Med. Dept., UPR, MSC
    2009-present Member, Credentials Committee, Internal Medicine Dept., UPR, MSC
    2009-present Chairperson, Credentials Committee, Endocrinology and Diabetes Puertorrican Society (SPED)
    Professional Memberships
    1990-present Member, American College of Physicians
    1990-present Member, American Medical Association
    1992-present American Diabetes Association
    1994-present Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Endocrinologia y Diabetología
    2004-present Member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
    2013-present Member, International Society of Clinical Densitometry

    Professional Certifications
    1992-2002 Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine
    1997-2006 Added Qualification in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    2003-2013 Re-certification, American Board of Internal Medicine
    2007-2017 Re-certification, added qualification in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    2012-2017 ISCD Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CDD)
    2004 Elected for “Who’s Who in Outstanding Women of the 21st Century”
    2004 Nominated “Woman of the Year 2004” by the American Biographical Institute of
    International Research
    2009-present Ad hoc reviewer for Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
    2016-present Ad hoc reviewer for El Bisturí of the Colegio de Médicos Cirujanos de PR

    C. Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

    Most relevant to the current application

    1. Ramírez-Vick M., Hernández-Dávila L., Rodríguez-Rivera N., López-Valentín M., Haddock L., Rodríguez-Martínez R. and González-Bossolo A. Prevalence of Vitamin D Insufficiency and Deficiency among Young Physicians at University District Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PR Health Sci J 32(2): 83-88, 2015

    2. Vega M., González L., Santiago E., Garcés A., Shum LM, Tirado M. and Ramírez M. Quality of Life in Patients with Differentiated Thyroid Cancer at the General Endocrinology Clinics of the University Hospital of Puerto Rico. Bol Asoc Med PR 107(1): 25-31, 2015

    3. Alvarado M., Ramírez M., López L. An Uncommon Presentation of Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma: When Chronic Back Pain should raise a Flag. Bol Asoc Med PR 106(2): 36-39, 2014

    4. Ramirez-Vick, M., Nieves-Rodríguez M., Lúgaro-Gómez A. and Pérez-Irizarry J. Increasing Incidence of Thyroid Cancer in Puerto Rico, 1985-2004. PR Health Sci J 30(3): 109-115, 2011 Gómez, M. and Ramírez M. Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome Among a Determined Puertorican Population. PRHealthScJ 25(2): 111-116, 2006.

    5. Heine R, Van Gaal L and members of the GWAA Study Group. Exenatide versus Insulin Glargine in Patients with Suboptimally Controlled Type 2 Diabetes. Annals of Int Med 143(8):559-569, 2005.

    6. Rabelo M. and Ramírez M. Association Between the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the Metabolic Syndrome in Puerto Rican Women. PRHealthScJ 24(4): 203-206, 2005.

    7. Martinó A, Rosa J and Ramírez M. Effect of Alendronate on Bone Mineral Density in Puerto Rican Males with Osteoporosis. PR Health Sc J 24(2): 131-135, 2005.

    8. Ramírez-Vick M. Evidence-Based Update of the ATP III Guidelines on Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol: Salient Features. Bol Asoc Med PR 97(1):37-43, 2005.

    9. Ramírez-Vick M. The ‘Natural’ Growth Hormone Explosion: Fact or Fraud? PR Health Sc J 23(3):189-192, 2004

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    1. Ramírez-Vick M, Hernández-Dávila L, Rodríguez-Rivera N, López-Valentín M, Haddock L, Rodríguez-Martínez R, González-Bossolo A. Prevalence of Vitamin D Insufficiency and Deficiency among Young Physicians at University District Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Jun; 34(2):83-8. PMID: 26061058.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Vega-Vázquez MA, Gonzalez-Rodriguez L, Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Garcés-Domínguez A, Shum LM, Tírado-Gómez M, Ramírez-Vick M. Quality of life-in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer at the general endocrinology clinics of the University Hospital of Puerto Rico. Bol Asoc Med P R. 2015 Jan-Mar; 107(1):25-31. PMID: 26035981.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Alvarado M, Ramirez-Vick M, Lopez L, Marcos-Martinez MJ, Saavedra FM, Negron-Rivera JC, Agosto M, Martinez M, Gonzalez R, Allende-Vigo M. An uncommon presentation of follicular thyroid carcinoma: when chronic back pain should raise a flag. Bol Asoc Med P R. 2014; 106(3):36-9. PMID: 25470908.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Alvarado M, Ramirez M, Lopez L, Marcos-Martinez MJ, Saavedra FM, Negron-Rivei JC, Agosto M, Martinez M, Gonzalez R, Allende-Vigo M. UNCOMMON PRESENTATION OF FOLLICULAR THYROID CARCINOMA: WHEN CHRONIC BACK PAIN SHOULD RAISE A FLAG. Bol Asoc Med P R. 2014; 106(4):22-5. PMID: 26148394.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Ramírez-Vick M, Nieves-Rodríguez M, Lúgaro-Gómez A, Pérez-Irizarry J. Increasing incidence of thyroid cancer in Puerto Rico, 1985-2004. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Sep; 30(3):109-15. PMID: 21932710.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Gómez M, Ramírez M, Disdier O. Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome among a determined Puerto Rican population. P R Health Sci J. 2006 Jun; 25(2):111-6. PMID: 17203707.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Rabelo Acevedo M, Vick MR. Association between the polycystic ovary syndrome and the metabolic syndrome in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2005 Sep; 24(3):203-6. PMID: 16329683.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Martinó A, Rosa J, Guzmán J, Ramírez M. Effect of alendronate on bone mineral density in Puerto Rican males with osteoporosis. P R Health Sci J. 2005 Jun; 24(2):131-5. PMID: 16116930.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Vick MR. The 'natural' growth hormone explosion: fact or fraud? P R Health Sci J. 2004 Sep; 23(3):189-92. PMID: 15631173.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
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