They Make Us Proud


The successes of our alumni and students are also our success as an educational institution. That is why we are proud of their professional deeds and want to share with all of our constituents.


Raysa Rosario, Yaliz Loperena and Ivette Suárez, students from the Cellular and Molecular Biology doctoral Program – These students were invited by the American Association for Cancer Research to present their research work at the annual meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. The students will be presenting the following research topics:

  • Yaliz Loperena:Effects of Ganoderma lucidum on cytokine expression in Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Raysa Rosario:Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi) Induces Autophagy in Inflammatory Breast Cancer Cells to Promote Cell Death 
  • Ivette Suarez:Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) downregulates key proteins overexpressed in IBC and chemosensitizes EGFR-overexpressing cells to erlotinib.

Sameilia Hernaiz, MSIII and Coral Olazagasti, MSIII – The Iniciativa Comunitaria organization, directed by Dr. Vargas Vidot, paid homage to the student group Medicina Urbana, represented by Sameilia Hernaiz and Coral Olazagasti and designated them as “Distinguished Volunteers”. The community-oriented group is made up of students from the Universidad Central del Caribe and stands out for its work for the wellbeing of disadvantaged people, bringing those services through health clinics, both in Puerto Rico and abroad.

Enrique Torres, Jorge L. Rodríguez y Edgar A. Miranda – Three students from the Program in Medical Imaging Technology acted as ambassadors of our student community in Bogotá, Colombia. This invitation arises from the University Foundation of the Andean Area (FUAA) in Bogotá, and as part of a collaboration agreement between the two institutions.

Ivette J.  Suarez Arroyo (PhD student of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences) – First time a student at the Universidad Central del Caribe receives the National Research Service Award (F-31).

Dr. Carlos Blanco Ramos (Class 80) – Congratulations to Dr. Blanco for leading the team of excellent professionals at Doctors’ Center Hospital who achieved recognition and accreditation of excellence of The Joint Commission to meet the highest standards of performance.

Dr. Jorge Marcial Suarez (Class ’08) – Alumni who has excelled in the presentation of several papers (abstract) in various forums and by its acceptance in Stanford University, California to begin a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine .

Dr. Elba Torres Matundan (Class ’97) – One of two pathologists specializing in breast cancer in Puerto Rico.  She serves as Director of the Department of Pathology at the Hospital Universitario and at Puerto Rico Pathology.

Dr. Joseph Wiley Ramos (Class ’94) – Dr. Wiley Ramos, interventional cardiologist, received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor which is awarded annually to distinguished citizens who are outstand for their community service.

 Dr. William Felix Rodriguez (Class ’05)National Basketball Association
Medical Staff/Clinical Consultant for the Chief Medical Officer during local and international events. Selected to be part of the medical delegation that accompanied the USA basketball Dream Team at the Olympic Games in London 2012.

Dr. Juan Salgado (Class ’80) – Featured in the research field of endometriosis being invited around the world as International Speaker on this issue and laparoscopic procedures to treat this condition.

Dr. Emanuel Warington Columbus (Class ’07) –  first Puerto Rican to win the grand prize of the competition, Question of the Week, of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Zoraida Estela Jové (Class ’97) – recently recognized as a leader woman in the Caribbean Business.  It is one of the specialists who direct Senos de Puerto Rico – first radiology center in Puerto Rico to obtain the designation of Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Eric M. González (class ’80) – Dr. Gonzalez was recognized by the Alumni Association at the last convention for having the initiative to establish the association and for being a tireless contributor to the institutional development of the UCC.

Dr. Luis Novoa Pacheco (Class ‘85) Emmy Award winning Family Physician and one of the most widely recognized doctors in the Latino community in the United States. Served on the Faculty at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) and was the Director of Pre-Doctoral Education for the Department of Family Medicine. He is currently the Medical Director for the TCU at California Hospital Medical Center. Known for his extensive humanitarian activities in the Latino Community through numerous fund raising events as well as through his Television and Radio work.

Let us know about the achievements of our students and graduates by writing or calling the Office of Development and Alumni: 787-798-3022;