Dr. Bernardo Ramirez is an Assistant Professor and Director of Global Health Initiatives of the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Ramirez is an experienced health services administrator in public and private organizations and his experience includes clinical practice as a general surgeon and administrative experience from the hospital departmental level to the health systems planning and policy levels. He has been General Director of Health Standards of the Ministry of Health of Mexico, Vice-President and Director of International Programs of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). He has been a senior instructor for the Center for Creative Leadership-TEAM, and senior consultant for the Academy of Educational Development, the American International Health Alliance and for numerous organizations in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics. He has provided technical assistance, developed research and conducted training in more than 60 countries. He is the author of numerous publications and training materials and presenter in many national and international forums. His reseach and teaching topics include: health management training and development, quality improvement, performance assessment, strategic and change management, leadership and health systems reform and sustainability.
Dr. Ramirez is a member of several editorial boards. He has served in several community and non-profit organizations' boards such as the Florida Hospital Foundation SHARES International. He served as executive and faculty forum coordinator of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and visiting professor in several U.S. and international universities. He earned his Medical Doctor (1974) and Masters in Business Administration (2006) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.