The Universidad Central del Caribe Department of Family Medicine and Community Health prepare students so they can approach their patients from a holistic perspective. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a sound knowledge base, as well as attitudes such as respect, compassion, acceptance of cultural diversity, sensitivity and respect to disadvantaged populations, through community-based interventions.  Our Department has provided Puerto Rico and US Hispanic populations with quality patient care, predoctoral education, resident training,  research, and community outreach programs for more than  30 years. This Department is the only one who has courses during the four years of studies. We have 6 regular faculty, over 100 affiliate faculty and 3 staff supporting our mission. Our faculty comprises family doctors (there is a Geriatric and an Addiction Fellow), health educators, epidemiologist, biostatistician and psychologists amongst others.

Our mission is to promote the health of individuals, families and communities though excellent community-based teaching, research and service in the fields of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Service- Learning

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health provide a variety of learning-service opportunities for our students.  These experiences are structured as part of the LPCP I and II courses, and also as the International Medicine elective. In these courses students complete rotations within high-risk and disadvantaged populations and communities.  During these rotations students develop clinical, social and educational activities with members of these communities. Students also provide workshops for high school students on health maintenance and the avoidance of high-risk behaviors.

Our Department also mentors the student organizations “Medicina Urbana” and “Global Health”. Students in these organizations work with disadvantaged communities, developing health fairs and providing participants with screening and health education and promotion activities.

Research

The Department supports the development of clinical and community research both within the SOM as well as extramural scenarios:

  • The Ambulatory Medicine and Research Clerkship is a required fourth year course in which students develop an original research project while doing a clinical rotation with a pediatrician, internal o family doctor.  Students are encouraged to use the project as a tool to address patient’s needs and health disparities (in terms of lack of services, access, knowledge, or other).
  • The Department’s faculty also supports research efforts from students, residents and fellow faculty members as consultants for clinical, epidemiology, biostatistics and methodology inquiries.
  • In the extramural scenario the Department carries out “Consulta Juvenil”, an island-wide survey on adolescent’s drug use.  Since 1990 and in coordination with the Puerto Rico Health Department, this school survey has established the prevalence of substance use among adolescent students in Puerto Rico. The coverage of the survey permits researchers to identify risk and protective factors for substance use for the general population as well as disaggregated by gender, and grade level. Since the survey is conducted throughout the island, the prevalence of substance use is calculated by geographical region, in order to determine those areas most in need of prevention and educational services. The survey also facilitates the analysis of temporal trends in substance use from 1990 until 2010.

 

Family Medicine Department

Eric M. González-Morales, MD, MPH
Chairperson/ Professor
Coordinator LPCP I, II and Selected Topics Courses
Coordinator Electives Courses in Family Medicine
Facilitator PEBM II Course
Lynnette Santana
Administrative Assistant
x. 2067 linette.santana@uccaribe.edu
Sara Rosario
Administrative Assistant
x. 2077 sara.rosario@uccaribe.edu

Family Medicine Department Faculty

José L. Pesante-Pinto, MD
Professor
Coordinator Ambulatory Medicine & Research Course
Facilitator Problem Based Learning II Course
Cases Writer LPCP II, and PEBM I & II Courses
Designer CME in line module in Geriatric Medicine
Carmen M. Suárez-Martínez, MD
Associate Professor
Coordinator Family Medicine Clerkship Course
Harry Mercado-Ortiz, MD, D-ABFM
Professor
Associate Dean of Clinical and Faculty Affairs
Coordinator Transition to Clinical Years Course
Leyda Z. Oquendo-Vélez, MD
Assistant Professor
Coordinator Mechanism of Disease Course
Facilitator and Cases Writer PBL I & II Courses
Lecturer Family Medicine Clerkship and Selected Topics Courses
Héctor A. Feliciano-Rodriguez, MD
Professor
Facilitator and Cases Reviewer PEBM Courses
Iris C. Parrilla-Boria, PhD (c)
Associate Professor
Coordinator PEBM I & II Courses
Co-Coordinator Ambulatory Medicine & Research Course
Coordinator Second Year Curriculum and Research III
Eduardo Zaldúa, MD
Assistant Professor
Facilitator and Cases Reviewer PEBM I, II Courses
ADORNO-FONTANEZ, JOSÉ R., M.D
Associate Professor
AGOSTO-MAURY, NORMA, M.D
Assistant Professor
ALEQUIN-SÁNCHEZ, RICARDO, M.D
Assistant Professor
ARMAIZ-APONTE GUILLERMO R., M.D
Assistant Professor
AYALA, IVAN S., M.D
Assistant Professor
BACO, FRANCIS P., M.D
Associate Professor
BENITEZ-COLÓN, CARLOS R., M.D
Assistant Professor
BERNAL-CABRERO, DELFIN, M.D
Assistant Professor
BLANCO-FRANCO, ALEJANDRO, M.D
Assistant Professor
CACERES, WILLIAM, M.D
Associate Professor
CASAL, JESUS R., M.D
Associate Professor
CHABRIER-BEUCHAMP, LISSETTE, M.D
Associate Professor
CAMPOS-RUIZ, RAFAEL, M.D
Instructor
CANTRES-FONSECA, ONIX J., M.D
Assistant Professor
CARRASQUILLO, EFRAIN, M.D
Associate Professor
CARRILLO-MORALES, SOL MELISSA, M.D
Assistant Professor
CHIESA-CEDO, CARLOS J., M.D
Assistant Professor
CHINEA-MARTÍNEZ, ANGEL, M.D
Associate Professor
COLÓN-CANDELARIA, MAYRA M., M.D
Associate Professor
COLÓN-MOLERO, ANGEL L., M.D
Associate Professor
COLÓN-QUINTANA, MELBA, M.D
Associate Professor
CORDOVA, HÉCTOR R., M.D
Associate Professor
CRUZ-LOUBRIEL, ABDIEL, M.D
Assistant Professor
COLÓN-FONTANEZ, FRANCISCO, M.D
Associate Professor
COLÓN-MOLERO, ANGEL L., M.D
Associate Professor

CORREA, MARIA DE LOS A., M.D
Associate Professor
CORTES, CARMEN, M.D
Associate Professor
CRUZ-LOUBRIEL, ABDIEL, M.D
Assistant Professor
CRUZ-RIVERA, CARMEN L., M.D
Assistant Professor
CUEBAS- RODRÍGUEZ, CLARA E., M.D
Associate Professor
DE JESUS, EILYN, M.D.
Instructor
DE LA TORRE-LUGO, ENEIDA, M.D
Assistant Professor
DEL RIO-RODRÍGUEZ, FELIX G., M.D
Assistant Professor
DEL RIO-SANTIAGO, VALENTÍN, M.D
Associate Professor
DENIZ, JUAN, M.D
Assistant Professor
DÍAZ-HERNÁNDEZ, ANTONIO L., M.D
Associate Professor
DÍAZ-OLIVO, ROLANDO, M.D.
Associate Professor
DUCOUDROY, SAMADYS, M.D
Assistant Professor
DUEÑO-CARMOEGA, MARIA I., M.D
Associate Professor
ESPONDA, OMAR L., M.D
Assistant Professor
FELICIANO, MARCOS, M.D
Assistant Professor
FELICIANO-ASTACIO, BRISEIDA E., M.D.
Associate Professor
FERNÁNDEZ-SANTOS, DIANA, Ed.D
Associate Professor
FIGUEROA, JAVIER, M.D
Assistant Professor
FORASTIERI-MALDONADO, LUIS, M.D
Assistant Professor
FUXENCH, ZELMA Z., M.D
Assistant Professor
GALIB, HAMID, M.D
Professor
GARAYALDE, GLEN M.D
Associate Professor
GARCIÍA-MALDONADO, MIOSOTIS, M.D
Assistant Professor
GIRÓN-MORELL, JESSIE, M.D
Assistant Professor
GÓMEZ, MARIA DE LOS ANGELES, Ph.D
Associate Professor
GÓMEZ, RENÉ, M.D
Associate Professor
GONZÁLEZ-CLAUDIO, GLENDA, M.D
Associate Professor
GUTIERREZ-NUÑEZ, JOSÉ J., M.D
Associate Professor
HERNÁNDEZ-AYALA, MARIA ISMENIA, M.D.
Associate Professor
HUNTER-MELLADO, ROBERT, M.D
Professor
IGARTUA, JUAN M., M.D
Assistant Professor
JIMÉNEZ- RODRÍGUEZ, HARRY, M.D
Assistant Professor
LEÓN-VALIENTE, CARLOS F., M.D
Associate Professor
LLADO-GONZÁLEZ, ILEANA, M.D
Assistant Professor
LÓPEZ, ESTEBAN, M.D
Assistant Professor
LÓPEZ-LÓPEZ, YOLANDA, M.D
Assistant Professor
LOZADA, ANTONIO, M.D
Assistant Professor
MARCHAND, ERNESTO, M.D
Professor / Professor Emeritus
MALDONADO-MERCADO, AWILDA, M.D
Assistant Professor
MARTÍNEZ, HÉCTOR J., M.D
Associate Professor
MARTÍNEZ-SOUSS, JAIME, M.D
Associate Professor
MARTÍNEZ-OJEDA, JOSÉ A., M.D
Associate Professor
MARTINO-MORALES, ALEJANDRO, M.D
Associate Professor
MAYOR-BECERRA, ANGEL M., M.D
Associate Professor
MEDINA, AUGUSTO, M.D
Assistant Professor
MEDINA-DE VANDROUX, LISA M., M.D
Associate Professor
MELENDEZ-ROSA, MYRIAM, M.D
Associate Professor
MENDOZA-CASTRO, VERONICA, M.D
Assistant Professor
MIRANDA, MARIO C., M.D
Assistant Professor
MIRANDA-DÍAZ, CHRISTINE, M.D
Instructor
MOJICA-COSME, JOSÉ, M.D
Assistant Professor
MOJICA-PRECIADO, VICTOR M., M.D
Assistant Professor
MORALES, JOSÉ A., M.D
Associate Professor
MONTES-RUIZ, JUAN, M.D
Assistant Professor
NAZARIO, SYLVETTE, M.D
Assistant Professor
NORIEGA, ANGEL, M.D
Associate Professor
OTERO-MARTÍNEZ, JUAN R., M.D
Assistant Professor
ORTIZ-RIVERA, DAMARYS, M.D
Assistant Professor
PALACIOS, MIGUEL, M.D
Assistant Professor
PEREYO-DÍAZ, JOSÉ., M.D
Associate Professor
PEREYO-TORRELLAS, JOSÉ A., M.D
Associate Professor
PÉREZ-ECHEVARRIA, TRICIA B., M.D
Assistant Professor
PÉREZ-FLORIT, ANA, M.D
Assistant Professor
PÉREZ-MALDONADO, NICOLAS, M.D
Associate Professor
PÉREZ, MILTON, M.D
Associate Professor
PÉREZ-RÍOS, RENÉ E., M.D
Assistant Professor
QUINTERO-NORIEGA, AIDA, M.D
Assistant Professor
RAMÍREZ-RIVERA, JOSÉ, M.D
Professor
REYES, MEILYN, M.D
Associate Professor
RIVERA, ANGEL, M.D.
Assistant Professor
RIVERA-DEL RIO, JOSÉ R., M.D
Associate Professor
RIVERA-PÉREZ, ERIK X., M.D
Assistant Professor
RIVERA-VALLES, JOSÉ A., M.D
Assistant Professor
RIVERA-SILVA, IRMA N., M.D
Assistant Professor
RIVERA-ZAYAS, ELVIN, M.D
Associate Professor
RODRÍGUEZ-CINTRÓN, WILLIAM, M.D
Professor
RODRÍGUEZ-CRUZ, GILDA, M.D
Assistant Professor
RODRÍGUEZ-MONGE, EDGARDO, M.D
Assistant Professor
RODRÍGUEZ-MONGE, STEVEN, M.D
Assistant Professor
RODRÍGUEZ-OLAVERRI, ENRIQUE J., M.D
Instructor
RODRÍGUEZ-OSPINA, LUIS F., M.D
Assistant Professor
RODRÍGUEZ, PORFIRIO, M.D
Assistant Professor
RODRÍGUEZ-VILA, ORLANDO, M.D
Associate Professor
ROSADO, ANGELO, M.D
Assistant Professor
ROSADO-RODRÍGUEZ, CARLOS S., M.D
Associate Professor
RUIZ-CANDELARIA, YELITZA, M.D
Assistant Professor
RUIZ-RAMOS, JUAN, M.D
Associate Professor
SALGADO-VILA, NORMA, M.D.
Associate Professor
SANTANA, ANDULFO, M.D.
Assistant Professor
SANTOS, ELADIO, M.D
Associate Professor
SANTIAGO, IVONNE, M.D
Assistant Professor
SARTORI, RENATO V., M.D
Assistant Professor
SILVA-BERMUDEZ, JUAN, M.D
Instructor
SOLER-RAMÍREZ, RICARDO J., M.D
Assistant Professor
TORO, ANIBAL J., M.D
Assistant Professor
TORO, DORIS H., M.D
Professor
TORRES-BERRIOS, DAMARIS, M.D.
Assistant Professor
TORRES-TALAVERA, MAGALY, M.D
Instructor
TORRES-PALACIOS, JOSÉ E., M.D
Associate Professor
VALLEJO, NELSON, M.D
Assistant Professor
VARGAS, VIVIANNE MARIE, M.D
Assistant Professor
VÁZQUEZ-DÍAZ MARIA M., M.D
Assistant Professor
VÁZQUEZ-MEDINA, JUAN M., M.D
Assistant Professor
VENDRELL-WHITNEY, ROBERTO M., M.D
Assistant Professor
VIDAL-CARDONA, ANA, M.D
Assistant Professor
VILA-PÉREZ, SALVADOR, M.D
Professor
VILLAFAÑE-SAN INOCENCIO, EDWIN, M.D
Associate Professor

 

Contact Us

Family Medicine & Community Health Department
Universidad Central del Caribe
PO Box 60-327
Bayamón, Puerto Rico 00960-6032
Phone (787) 798-3001 x-2067, 2068, 2077
Direct Phone (787) 740-3555
Phone & Fax (787) 740-4343
e-mail:  familymedicine@uccaribe.edu