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Project Investigator Biography

Cathy D. Meade, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
8207 Callaghan Rd., Suite 110
San Antonio, TX 78230
phone: (210) 348-0255
fax: (210) 348-0554

Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also is founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, which researches health disparities. In 2006, Dr. Ramirez received two endowments to support her research and that of the IHPR – the Dielmann Chair in Health Disparities Research and Community Outreach and the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Endowed Chair in Cancer Healthcare Disparities and Outreach at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC), a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in San Antonio. She also co-directs the CTRC's Cancer Prevention and Population Science research program.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ramirez has directed many research programs focused on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors and genetics, clinical trial recruitment and retention, tobacco prevention and cessation, obesity prevention, and more. Dr. Ramirez directs two national research networks, one funded by the National Cancer Institute to focus on Latino cancer (Redes En Acción, and one on Latino child obesity (Salud America!, Dr. Ramirez also has mentored for more than 200 Latino undergraduate interns, pre- and post-doctoral students and others.

Dr. Ramirez has authored many peer-reviewed articles, is an editorial board member on several prestigious journals, including Health Education Research, and is frequently invited to speak at scientific meetings. She has been recognized for her work in public health and health disparities research and the advancement Hispanics/Latinos in medicine, public health, and behavioral sciences professions across the United States, including: 2007 election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, 2007 Professor of Survivorship from Susan G. Komen For the Cure, 2003 Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society, and the 1996 Sarah Mazelis Award for Health Promotion from the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Ramirez is a member of various national and regional advisory groups and coalitions. Her most recent appointments include chairmanship of the CDC's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee. She is a member of many others, including:

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Susan G. Komen For the Cure
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade
  • Board of Directors, Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • IOM Roundtable on Translating Genomic Based Research for Health
  • IOM Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities
  • Prize Jury, Fries Prize for Improving Health Award and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation
  • Scientific and Prevention Advisory Council, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Dr. Ramirez received a B.S. from the University of Houston and her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Houston School of Public Health.

Updated: 06/06/13