Christine Ramirez, MD, FAAP

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Doctorate of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine (Loma Linda, CA), 2006-2010

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Spanish, Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI), 2002-2006

Escuela Superior de Espanol de Sagunto (Valencia, Spain), 2004

LINC Spanish School (Sevilla, Spain), 2010

 

Post Doctoral Training

Internship/Residency in Pediatrics: Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (Loma Linda, CA), 2010-2013

Licensure and Board Certification

Board Certified, American Board of Pediatrics

License: California, Washington

Memberships
American Academy of Pediatrics, Board of Trustees

Personal Interests

Having grown up in the contrasting climates of New Mexico and Michigan, Dr. Ramirez was equally diverse in her initial career considerations. She weighed the pros and cons of becoming a teacher, nurse, social worker, veterinarian and a career in international development, but it wasn’t until she volunteered for a medical mission trip in Costa Rica at the end of her high-school experience that she realized she could incorporate the principles of all her career considerations into the practice of medicine as a physician.

To pursue that goal she majored in Biology at Andrew’s University in Michigan and earned a minor in Spanish after studying for 6 months in Sagunto, Spain. Having caught “the travel bug” she went on to volunteer for medical mission trips in Mexico, Ecuador, Lesotho and Chad during her college and medical education. It was during these trips that Dr. Ramirez became convinced pediatrics was the choice for her due to their unique medical needs and vulnerability.

Dr. Christine Ramirez with children during a mission trip in Chad.

Dr. Christine Ramirez with children during a mission trip in Chad.

Dr. Christine Ramirez with children during a mission trip in Chad.

Dr. Ramirez has a special interest in alternative and complementary medicine and looks forward to sharing that interest with her patients. As a bilingual physician she hopes to reach out to the growing Spanish speaking population in the area.

While enrolled in medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in southern California, she participated in multiple volunteer trips to Haiti, and helped spearhead her medical school class’s adoption of a struggling hospital in Port-au-Prince prior to the 2010 earthquake. She continues to be heavily involved in the board of directors which manages a self sustaining endowment for the hospital and she plans to continue volunteering and working with the hospital to make it a leader in healthcare for the people of Haiti.

In addition to her love of travel, Dr. Ramirez is looking forward to putting down roots in the Pacific Northwest. Having developed a love for the mountains early on, she is looking forward to exploring the Washington’s mountains, be it by hiking, biking, canoeing, or some other adventurous means. She also enjoys getting her hands in the dirt and growing all kinds of fruits and vegetables, but above all, Dr. Ramirez loves to spend time with her friends and family.