PA Program

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  • Luis A. Ramos, MSMSc, PA-C Emeritus

    Luis A. Ramos, MSMSc, PA-C Emeritus

    Program Director - Associate Professor

    P: 787-473-3038

    Director Ramos was born and raised in the Metropolitan San Juan area of Puerto Rico and attended the University of Puerto Rico before joining the US Navy in 1974. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, after twenty-six years of service. Fifteen of those years included experiences in aviation medicine, air evacuation specialist/search and rescue, and Advanced Hospital Corps School (independent duty corpsman (IDC)). He spent three years on board the USS Tattnall, DDG-19 before he was selected to participate in the George Washington University PA Program, graduating in 1991. He completed a Master of Science in Medical Science with an emphasis in Rural Primary Care from the Alderson-Broaddus College in 1997. His clinical experiences included emergency medicine, primary care, pediatrics, OB/Gyn, occupational health, and dermatology. In 1998 he began lecturing on a part-time basis to PA students at the Anne Arundel Community College PA Program, in Arnold, Maryland. He eventually became a full-time assistant professor for the program and in 2002 became its program director. He transitioned to Pittsburgh, PA, to work as Chatham University’s PA Program Director and associate professor from 2007 -  2013, On December of 2013, he became a faculty member of the Nova Southeastern University's PA Program in Jacksonville, FL. He has participated in several medical missions in Haiti, Panamá, and the República Dominicana. Director Ramos has been involved in lobbying for the Physician Assistant profession in Puerto Rico since he became a PA in 1991. Since July 1st of 2019, he has worked as the founding Program Director of the San Juan Bautista Medical School Physician Assistant Program. His hobbies include painting, kayaking, watching TV and movies, genealogy, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Charity M. Ramsey Irizarry, MCMSc, PA-C

    Charity M. Ramsey Irizarry, MCMSc, PA-C

    Co-Program Director - Associate Professor

    P: 787-743-3038

    Charity Ramsey Irizarry is from the Big Sky State of Montana. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological/Biomedical Sciences in 1996 from Montana State University- Bozeman. As an undergrad, she also attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh and completed post-baccalaureate courses at University of North Carolina-Asheville. She made south Florida home in 1999 to attend Barry University PA Program in Miami earning her Master of Clinical Medical Science degree and became nationally certified in 2001. She has extensive clinical experience in Internal and Family Medicine, Women’s Health, and Integrative Medicine. She entered PA education at Barry University as adjunct faculty in 2002 and built her academic career alongside her clinical practice as the course director of Clinical Genetics, and assistant professor in Physical Diagnosis, Hematology/Oncology for national boards, Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine.  In 2014, she joined Barry University’s full-time faculty and became the Director of Clinical Education overseeing faculty, staff and students in Miami and St. Petersburg, Florida and in the US Virgin Islands on St. Croix. A member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, she has given CME lectures on Women’s Health at the FAPA State Symposiums in 2016 and presented an e-poster at the 2019 AAPA conference in Denver, Colorado titled: A Case Study of a Hurricane Challenge in PA Education; reflecting on the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. She has been the faculty advisor in several student led clinics serving the homeless population in Miami Beach as well as completed a medical mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2018. Additionally, she is an accomplished mixed media artist, and lives an active life enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and being with her family and friends.

  • Laura Juárez, MCMSc, PA-C

    Laura Juárez, MCMSc, PA-C

    Academic Coordinator - Assistant Professor

    P: 787-473-3038

    Born and raised in Oklahoma City,  Laura Juarez is the daughter of two educators and grew up with a passion for teaching and learning.  She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and immediately began teaching as adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University.  During this time, she earned a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in global health.  After volunteering for several medical missions in places such as India, Haiti, and Thailand, her love of public health led her to study medicine.  She was accepted to the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program where she focused on care for the underserved and those in rural and low-resource settings. This included time practicing primary care on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners area and with the Utah Aids Foundation and Clinic 1A at the University of Utah HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease clinic. Professionally she has worked as a Physician Assistant in general surgery (Intermountain Medical) and orthopedic surgery (Yale New Haven).  She is a fellow of the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS), member of the Southwest Surgical Congress, and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA).  Certified as a Stop the Bleed instructor, US Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Team PA (DMAT PR-01), and American Red Cross instructor. Presently she serves as Academic Coordinator for the first Physician Assistant program in Puerto Rico in collaboration with San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. Her passion for teaching is now centered on the cognitive science of medical education. At home she is an army wife and a mom to two weenie dogs.