biosketch as of 1991
Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. of Rio Grande City was appointed to a
six-year term on the Board of Regents of The University of Texas
System by Governor William P. Clements in February 1989. He was
elected Vice-Chairman of the Board in March 1991.
last updated April 23, 1991
Upon his licensure in 1950, Dr. Ramirez opened an office in
Roma, Texas, on April 21, 1950, for the practice of family medicine
and remained there until January 20, 1975, except for the two years
he served in the U. S. Air Force from 1955 to 1957. He moved his
office to Rio Grande City in January of 1975 and continues to
practice family medicine in that location.
Dr. Ramirez is a diplomat of the American Board of Family
Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He attended public schools in Roma and graduated from high
school in Rio Grande City in May 1942. Dr. Ramirez attended The
University of Texas at Austin from June 1942 to January 1945 and
was scheduled to receive his B.A. degree in May 1945. However, he
was offered early admission (January 1945) by the University of
Tennessee College of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in June
1948. He served a rotating internship at Shreveport Charity
Hospital, Shreveport, Louisiana, from July 1948 through June 1949
and followed this with a general practice residency.
At various times, Dr. Ramirez has served as a preceptor for
students from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
Baylor College of Medicine, Northwestern University School of
Medicine and Michigan State College of Medicine.
Beginning in July 1974, he was appointed to the U. T. Medical
Branch - Galveston Development Board for two years and has been
reappointed every two years. He has served as Assistant Professor
in the Family Practice Program at The University of Texas Medical
chool at Houston and at The University of Texas Medical School at
an Antonio. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of
the Rio Grands Radiation Treatment and Cancer Research Foundation,
Inc. and a member of the Texas Physicians Advisory Committee to The
University of Texas M. D.Anderson Hospital.
He has served U. T. Austin as a member of the Public Affairs
University Relations Committee of The Ex-Students' Association, The
President's Associates, the Centennial Commission, and the
Dr. Ramirez has been actively involved with many professional
medical organizations and has shown special interest in matters
related to the delivery of medical care for the disadvantaged. His
dedication and wise counsel have resulted in several major
recognitions including the Distinguished Service Award from the
Texas Academy of General Practice and the Texas Medical
Association, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of
Texas, Outstanding Leadership Award from the Texas Academy of
Family Practice, the Bicentennial Dr. Benjamin Rush Award for
citizenship and community service from the American Medical
Association, and the "Family Doctor of the Year" Award presented by
the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He has been commencement speaker at both the U. T. Medical
Branch-Galveston and U. T. Austin.
Since 1974, Dr. Ramirez has served on the Board of Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Texas and has been a Director of The Valley
Federal Loan and Savings Association since 1976. He has been a
member of the Texas Medical and the American Medical Associations
Among his many appointments and elected positions, Dr. Ramirez
has served locally as Starr County Health Officer and County Judge;
a member of the South Texas Development Council; Council for South
Texas Economic Progress; and Medical Director of the Starr County
Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Statewide he has served in
such capacities as a member of the Governor's Committee on Mental
Retardation and Committee on Tuberculosis; Medical Care Advisory
Committee of the Department of Public Welfare; Greater South Texas
Cultural Basin Commission; and the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board. On the national scene, Dr. Ramirez has served
on the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Professions; the National Health
Advisory Council; and was appointed in 1985 by President Reagan as
a Regent on the Uniformed Services University of the Health
Dr. Ramirez is married to Sarah B. Aycock and has five
children, Mario, Jr., Patricia Anne, Norman Michael, Jaime Eduardo
and Roberto Luis.