WHAT: Dedication of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC)
WHY: To celebrate the 50-plus-year career of this great South Texas family physician who served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents and who by his own example has inspired thousands of young people to consider careers in health care and science
WHEN: 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
WHERE: Auditorium, RAHC Medical Education Division, 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd., Harlingen
(Members of the media are asked to please check in at the counter in the lobby.)
WHO: Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the UT Health Science Center, will welcome attendees and lunch will follow. Dr. Cigarroa will then deliver a tribute to Dr. Ramirez and his wife, Sarah, followed by a video presentation. Dr. Ramirez will make remarks and Dr. Cigarroa will lead the dedication ceremony.
NOTE: Dr. Ramirez practiced family medicine in Starr County for 43 years. He established the first hospital in the county at Roma in 1958, and later, as Starr County judge, helped lead the effort to build Starr County Memorial Hospital, which opened in Rio Grande City in 1975. Dr. Ramirez served on the UT System Board of Regents from 1989 until 1995. The most recent chapter of his career was as vice president for South Texas/border initiatives at the Health Science Center, where he established the Med/Ed Program for students to consider health science careers.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $576 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.