New chairman named for Department of Emergency Medicine

Ralph Riviello, M.D.

By Will Sansom

Ralph Riviello, M.D., M.S., FACEP, has been named chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Long School of Medicine, effective Nov. 1. The appointment was announced Aug. 6 by Robert A. Hromas, M.D., FACP, dean of the school.

Dr. Riviello comes to UT Health San Antonio from the Crozer Keystone Health System in Philadelphia, where he serves as a chairman of emergency medicine, and Drexel University, where he is a professor of emergency medicine.

Dr. Riviello has led successful initiatives to improve emergency department metrics throughput his career while advancing the field of clinical forensic medicine, said

He graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in biology in 1990 and received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College in 1994. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in 1997. Dr. Riviello completed his master’s degree in forensic medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Riviello was previously the vice chairman of clinical operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University. He also co-founded the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center, a freestanding center where sexual assault victims can receive medical and forensic care by specially trained clinicians.


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