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Joel Ramirez, M.D.

Joel Ramirez, M.D.

Resident (PGY-2) 
Vascular Surgery (Integrated)

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University of California, Irvine, B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2013

University of California, San Francisco, M.D., 2019

  • Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Complex endovascular surgery
  • Open and endovascular aortic surgery
  • Biomarkers associated with arterial aneurysms
  • Clinical outcomes of complex open and endovascular aortic surgery
  • Role of local inflammation and cellular environments on aortic aneurysm development

Joel L. Ramirez, MD, is the inaugural UCSF Integrated Vascular Surgery resident. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated with Honors with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He then received his medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine, graduating with Distinction in Clinical and Translation Research, and as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Ramirez conducted an NIH-funded pre-doctoral research fellowship between his third and fourth years of medical school with the UCSF Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, under the mentorship of several faculty, including Dr. Marlene Grenon and Dr. Jade Hiramoto. Dr. Ramirez has published numerous manuscripts and presented at many regional and national surgery academic conferences. In 2018, he was awarded first place for the Western Vascular Society Robert Hye Memorial Best Resident Presentation Award, for his research reporting on long term outcomes of endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. His current research interests include clinical outcomes of complex open and endovascular aortic surgery, biomarkers associated with arterial aneurysms, and the role of local inflammation and cellular environments on aortic aneurysm development.

Dr. Ramirez has been the recipient of numerous other research fellowships, awards, and honors, including the American Medical Association Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award, the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation Student Research Fellowship for two consecutive years, the American Heart Association Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Disease, and the Association for Academic Surgery Senior Medical Student Award, among many others.

In addition to clinical and translational research, Dr. Ramirez has a demonstrated commitment to medical education and has been involved in numerous teaching and mentorship activities in the School of Medicine. He has led and participated in multiple educational and mentorship programs for students interested in pursuing careers in surgery and medicine.

MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 27
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  1. Self-Perceived Comfort Performing Vascular Surgery Procedures Among Senior Vascular Surgery Trainees and Recent Graduates. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Apr 05. View in PubMed
  2. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Ramirez FD, Gasper WJ, Cohen BE, Conte MS, Grenon SM, Iannuzzi JC. Depression Predicts Non-Home Discharge After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Jan 24. View in PubMed
  3. Ramirez JL, Zahner GJ, Arya S, Grenon SM, Gasper WJ, Sosa JA, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. Patients with Depression Are Less Likely to Go Home After Critical Limb Revascularization. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Dec 28. View in PubMed
  4. Amara D, Braun HJ, Shui AM, Sorrentino T, Ramirez JL, Lin J, Liu IH, Mello A, Stock PG, Hiramoto JS. Long-Term Lower Extremity and Cardiovascular Complications after Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant. Clin Transplant. 2020 Dec 19; e14195. View in PubMed
  5. Ramirez FD, Groner JA, Ramirez JL, McEvoy CT, Owens JA, McCulloch CE, Cabana MD, Abuabara K. Prenatal and Childhood Tobacco Smoke Exposure Are Associated With Sleep-Disordered Breathing Throughout Early Childhood. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Nov 05. View in PubMed
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  1. Ramirez JL, Ramirez FD, Zarkowsky DS, Gasper WJ, Cohen BE, Conte MS, Grenon SM, Iannuzzi JC. Depression Predicts Non-Home Discharge After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair. 2019 Northern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Educational Meeting; 2019 March; Berkeley, CA.
  2. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Boitano LT, Conrad MF, Arya S, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. A Novel Preoperative Risk Score to Identify Patients at High Risk for Non-Home Discharge After Elective Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (TEVAR). To be presented at the 2019 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress; 2019 October; San Francisco, CA.
  3. Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Seib CD, Finlayson E, Conte MS, Sosa JA, Iannuzzi JC. Patient Complexity Varies by Surgical Specialty and Does Not Strongly Correlate with Work Relative Value Units. To be presented at the 2019 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress; 2019 October; San Francisco, CA.
  4. Ramirez JL, Zahner GJ, Arya S, Grenon SM, Gasper WJ, Sosa JA, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. Patients with Depression Are Less Likely to Go Home After Critical Limb Revascularization. To be presented at the 2019 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress; 2019 October; San Francisco, CA.
  5. Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Seib CD, Finlayson E, Conte MS, Sosa JA, Iannuzzi JC. Vascular Surgery is Complex but Undervalued by Work Relative Value Units. To be presented at the Western Vascular Society 34th Annual Meeting; 2019 September; Maui, HI.
  6. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Sorrentino TA, Hicks CW, Vartanian SM, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. Antegrade Common Femoral Artery Closure Device Use is Safe and Associated with Decreased Complications. To be presented at the Western Vascular Society 34th Annual Meeting; 2019 September; Maui, HI.
  7. Ramirez JL, Kuhrau C, Wu B, Zarkowsky DS, Conte MS, Oskowitz AZ, Nijagal A, Vartanian SM. Natural History of Acute Pediatric Iliofemoral Artery Thrombosis Treated with Antithrombotic Therapy. To be presented at the Western Vascular Society 34th Annual Meeting; 2019 September; Maui, HI.
  8. Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Seib CD, Finlayson E, Conte MS, Sosa JA, Iannuzzi JC. Patient Complexity Varies by Surgical Specialty and Does Not Strongly Correlate with Work Relative Value Units. UCSF Department of Surgery 32nd Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium; 2019 April; San Francisco, CA.
  9. Ramirez JL, Ramirez FD, Zarkowsky DS, Gasper WJ, Cohen BE, Conte MS, Grenon SM, Iannuzzi JC. Depression Predicts Non-Home Discharge After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair. 2019 Northern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Educational Meeting; 2019 March; Berkeley, CA.
  10. Ramirez JL, Magaret CA, Khetani SA, Rhyne RF, Barnes G, Peters C, Iannuzzi JC, Grenon SM. A Novel Machine Learning-Driven Clinical and Proteomic Tool for the Diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease. 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting; 2019 June; National Harbor, MD.
  11. Ramirez JL, Ramirez FD, Zarkowsky DS, Gasper WJ, Cohen BE, Conte MS, Grenon SM, Iannuzzi JC. Depression Predicts Non-Home Discharge After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair. 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting; 2019 June; National Harbor, MD.
  12. Ramirez JL, Magaret CA, Khetani SA, Rhyne RF, Barnes G, Peters C, Iannuzzi JC, Grenon SM. A Novel Machine Learning-Driven Clinical and Proteomic Tool for the Diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease. 2019 SVS Vascular Research Initiatives Conference; 2019 May; Boston, MA.
  13. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Eichler CM, Conte MS. Two-Stage Hybrid Repair of a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm with Aortobronchial Fistula After Open Repair for Aortic Coarctation and TEVAR. 47th Annual Symposium of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery; 2019 March; Boca Raton, FL.
  14. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Reyzelman AM, Conte MS. Open Peripheral Revascularization for Limb Salvage After Failed Peripheral Angioplasty and Recommended Amputation for a Non-Healing Diabetic Ulcer. 47th Annual Symposium of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery; 2019 March; Boca Raton, FL.
  15. Ramirez JL, Schaller MS, Wu B, Reilly LM, Chuter TAM, Hiramoto JS. Late Graft Failure is Rare After Endovascular Aneurysm Repair Using the Zenith Stent-Graft: Fifteen-year Outcomes in a Cohort of High-Risk Patients. Western Vascular Society 33rd Annual Meeting; 2018 September; Santa Fe, NM.
  16. Ramirez JL, Khetani SA, Zahner GJ, Spaulding KA, Schaller MS, Gasper GJ, Hills NK, Schafer AL, Grenon SM. Serum Resistin is Associated with Impaired Endothelial Function and a Higher Rate of Adverse Cardiac Events in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease. 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting; 2018 June; Boston, MA.
  17. Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Khetani SA, Zahner GJ, Hills NK, Sansbury BE, Conte MS, Spite M, Grenon SM. 3 Months of Fish Oil Supplementation Increases Specialized Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (The OMEGA-PAD II Trial). The Society for Vascular Medicine 29th Annual Scientific Sessions; 2018 June; Chicago, IL.
  18. Ramirez JL, Spaulding KA, Zahner GJ, Khetani SA, Schaller MS, Gasper WJ, Hills NK, Grenon SM. Increased Radial Artery Tonometry is Associated with an Increased Rate of Major Adverse Cardiac Events in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease. The Society for Vascular Medicine 29th Annual Scientific Sessions; 2018 June; Chicago, IL.
  19. Ramirez JL, Khetani SA, Zahner GJ, Spaulding KA, Schaller MS, Gasper GJ, Hills NK, Schafer AL, Grenon SM. Serum Resistin is Associated with Impaired Endothelial Function and Poor Outcomes in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease. 2018 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference; 2018 May; San Francisco, CA.
  20. Ramirez JL, Zahner GJ, Spaulding KA, Khetani SA, Hills NK, Gasper WJ, Harris WS, Cohen BE, Grenon SM. Peripheral Artery Disease is Associated with a Deficiency of Erythrocyte N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. The University of California, San Francisco Inquiry Symposium; 2018 May; San Francisco, CA.
  21. Ramirez JL, Zahner GJ, Khetani SA, Spaulding KA, Hills NK, Grenon SM. Characterizing Specialized Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators and Synthesis Pathways in Veterans with Peripheral Artery Disease. The Association for Clinical and Translational Science's Annual Translational Science Meeting; 2018 April; Washington, DC.
  22. Theologis A, Ramirez JL, Diab M. Pre-operative CT angiography informs instrumentation in anterior spinal tethering for idiopathic scoliosis. The University of California, San Francisco Pathways Explore Symposium; 2016 January; San Francisco, CA.
  23. Ramirez JL, Lee D, Subramanya A, McDonough A. Regulation of kinases that control sodium transport in experimental hypertension. The Keck School of Medicine of USC Bridging the Gaps Research Symposium; 2013 August; Los Angeles, CA.
  24. Ramirez JL, Johnson B, Frostig R. Retrograde axonal transport of AAV 2/1 correlates with the apparent pattern of long-range radial projection in the rat cortex. The University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences Excellence in Research Symposium; 2013 May; Irvine, CA.
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  1. Ramirez JL, Kratz JR. "Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction for Companion Diagnostics and Precision Medicine Application". Companion Diagnostics in Precision Medicine. Ed. Il-Jin Kim. Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing, 2019. 55-67. Print.

 

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