Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD — the former Interim Dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix — is a professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, associate vice president for Precision Health Sciences and director of the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine, as well as the MD-PhD Program at the University of Arizona – Tucson. Dr. Ramos is an accomplished physician-scientist and transformational leader, designated as an associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) in 2015. He has vast depth of experience across the tripartite mission areas of education, research and clinical service, and he is recognized throughout the world for his scientific contributions in the areas of genomics, precision medicine, environmental health sciences and toxicology.
With training in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology and medicine, Dr. Ramos is helping to steer the changing landscape of medicine and health care. In this context, he leads several translational, clinical research and educational programs that integrate diverse approaches to elucidate genomic mechanisms of disease and novel therapies for several oncologic, pulmonary and vascular diseases. Dr. Ramos has also provided academic, executive, administrative and scientific leadership in the areas of genetics and genomic medicine at several academic institutions, and over the course of his career, has positively influenced the career of numerous clinicians and scientists engaged in medical, veterinary and pharmaceutical practice. He is deeply committed to initiatives that advance modern technological applications to improve quality of health care and reduce both disease burden and health-associated costs. One of his primary areas of focus in partnership with Banner University Medical Center is the development of precision-health strategies and approaches to advance health care delivery and outcomes.
As Interim Dean, Dr. Ramos helped the College of Medicine – Phoenix continue the its tradition of excellence in advancing medical education and training of the coming generation of health care providers in the state of Arizona. With the highest ambition for excellence, Dr. Ramos worked closely with the faculty and staff of the College of Medicine to secure a place among the most outstanding institutions in the U.S. involved in the education of physicians and the discovery of new cures for disease, thus helping to shape the future of health care.
A native of Ely, Nevada, Dr. Ramos spent the majority of his formative years in New York City, Puerto Rico and Texas. He is married to Irma N. Ramos, MD, a pediatrician and public health practitioner, and has two children — Kristie, who is a medical student at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and Ken Alexander, who is an undergraduate biology major at the University of Arizona.