Riviello to chair emergency medicine

Ralph Riviello, M.D., M.S., FACEP, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine effective November 1. Dr. Riviello comes to UT Health San Antonio from the Crozer Keystone Health System, 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 Robert A. Hromas, M.D., FACP, dean of the Long School of Medicine, who announced the appointment on Aug. 6.

Dr. Riviello graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in biology in 1990.  He 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. Accomplishments during his tenure include integrating three separate emergency medicine practice sites under the clinical responsibility of the department, and expanding clinical trials research in the department, including several National Institutes of Health-funded trials.

Dr. Riviello 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.  He continues to serve as the center’s medical director.  Dr. Riviello edited the textbook “Clinical Forensic Emergency Medicine: A Guide for Clinicians.”

Dr. Riviello was selected after an extensive national search. UT Health San Antonio thanks the faculty search committee and its clinical partner, University Health System, for assistive work in facilitating this recruitment.  


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