Joel Ramirez, MD

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    University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CABS09/2013Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco06/2018Clinical and Translational Research
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAMD (with Distinction)06/2019Medicine
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    Bakar ImmunoX2023Hellman Family Clinical-Translational Research Development Award
    National Institutes of Health2023Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (R38) Fellowship
    Fellows Advancement Skills Training in Clinical Research (FAST-CaR) 2023Seed Grant
    Chan Zuckerberg Biohub2022Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Physician-Scientist Fellow
    Western Vascular Society 2019Robert Hye Memorial Best Resident Presentation Award, Second Place
    Association for Academic Surgery2019Senior Medical Student Award
    University of California, San Francisco 2019Steinhart Scholarship Award
    University of California, San Francisco 2019Long-Term Dean’s Prize in Research, Finalist
    Western Vascular Society 2018Robert Hye Memorial Best Resident Presentation Award, First Place
    American Medical Association Foundation 2018Physicians of Tomorrow Award
    Society for Vascular Medicine 2018Alan T. Hirsch Award
    Jayne M. Perkins Foundation2018Jayne M. Perkins Memorial Award and Scholarship
    National Medical Fellowships 2018National Alumni Council Scholarship
    Johnson & Johnson 2018Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
    Burroughs Wellcome Fund2018Burroughs Wellcome Fund Trainee Award
    Hispanic Scholarship Fund 2018Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar
    University of California, San Francisco 2018Long-Term Dean’s Prize in Research, Finalist

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    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.

    As a medical student, Dr. Ramirez conducted an NIH-funded pre-doctoral research fellowship with the UCSF Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, under the mentorship of several faculty, including Dr. Marlene Grenon and Dr. Jade Hiramoto. As a medical student, he was 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.

    After medical school, Dr. Ramirez joined the UCSF Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery as the inaugural integrated vascular surgery resident. As the inaugural resident, he was intimately involved in mentorship and the development of the training and educational program. He then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Michael Conte and Dr. Adam Oskowitz. During this fellowship, he worked to develop a clinical pipeline for vascular tissue, digestion, and transcriptomics analysis. His research was supported by the NIH, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and the Bakar ImmunoX Initiative.

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    1. Endovascular release of an Adams-DeWeese clip and iliocaval reconstruction for debilitating lower extremity swelling. J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2024 Jun; 10(3):101445. Sung E, Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky D. PMID: 38510098; PMCID: PMC10951536.
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    2. Readability of Spanish-Language Online Patient Educational Materials for Peripheral Artery Disease Do Not Meet Recommended Standards and Represent a Literacy Barrier to Care. Ann Vasc Surg. 2024 Apr; 101:157-163. Ramirez JL, Wang K, Sung E, Hernandez S, Le M, Avra TD, Talutis S, Iannuzzi JC, Ulloa JG. PMID: 38154492.
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    3. Development and Validation of a Novel Preoperative Risk Score to Identify Patients at Risk for Nonhome Discharge after Elective Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR). Ann Vasc Surg. 2024 Feb; 99:341-348. Ramirez JL, Sung E, Jaramillo E, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Boitano L, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 37852368.
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    4. Decreasing prevalence of centers meeting the Society for Vascular Surgery abdominal aortic aneurysm guidelines in the United States. J Vasc Surg. 2024 Feb; 79(2):240-249. Ramirez JL, Matthay ZA, Lancaster E, Smith EJT, Gasper WJ, Zarkowsky DS, Doyle AJ, Patel VI, Schanzer A, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 37774990.
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    5. Proximal Instructions for Use Violations in Elective Endovascular Aneurysm Repair in the Vascular Quality Initiative: Retrospective Analysis. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 10 01; 237(4):633-643. Ramirez JL, Govsyeyev N, Sorber R, Iannuzzi JC, Schanzer AS, Hicks CW, Malas MB, Zarkowsky DS. PMID: 37288832; PMCID: PMC10788874.
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    6. Patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms have reduced levels of microRNA 122-5p in circulating exosomes. PLoS One. 2023; 18(2):e0281371. Lopez JL, Ramirez JL, Phu TA, Duong P, Bouchareychas L, Kuhrau CR, Lin PY, Eckalbar WL, Barczak AJ, Rudolph JD, Maliskova L, Conte MS, Vartanian SM, Raffai RL, Oskowitz AZ. PMID: 36787323; PMCID: PMC9928131.
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    7. Plasma Gut Microbe-Derived Metabolites Associated with Peripheral Artery Disease and Major Adverse Cardiac Events. Microorganisms. 2022 Oct 19; 10(10). Ho KJ, Ramirez JL, Kulkarni R, Harris KG, Helenowski I, Xiong L, Ozaki CK, Grenon SM. PMID: 36296342; PMCID: PMC9609963.
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    8. Anemia is associated with higher mortality and morbidity after thoracic endovascular aortic repair. J Vasc Surg. 2022 Sep 08. Yin K, Willie-Permor D, Zarrintan S, Dakour-Aridi H, Ramirez JL, Iannuzzi JC, Naazie I, Malas MB. PMID: 36087831.
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    9. Capturing the complexity of open abdominal aortic surgery in the endovascular era. J Vasc Surg. 2022 Dec; 76(6):1520-1526. Woodford C, El Khoury R, Ramirez JL, Liu IH, Lancaster EM, Nacario J, Hiramoto JS, Eichler CM, Reilly LM, Iannuzzi JC, Conte MS. PMID: 35714893.
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    10. Cadaver Simulation is Associated with Increased Comfort in Performing Open Vascular Surgery Among Integrated Vascular Surgery (0+5) Residents and Recent Graduates. Ann Vasc Surg. 2022 Oct; 86:68-76. Ramirez JL, Nehler MR, Mohebali J, Smith EJT, Al-Musawi MH, McDevitt D, Smeds MR, Zarkowsky DS. PMID: 35697278.
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    11. Interview experience, post-interview communication, and gender-based differences in the integrated vascular surgery residency match. J Vasc Surg. 2022 01; 75(1):316-322.e2. Fereydooni A, Ramirez JL, Morrow KL, Sorondo S, Lee JT, Coleman DM, Chandra V. PMID: 34197947.
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    12. Factors influencing medical student choices in the integrated vascular surgery match: Implications for future post-pandemic residency matches. J Vasc Surg. 2021 10; 74(4):1354-1361.e4. Fereydooni A, Ramirez JL, Morrow KL, Chandra V, Coleman DM, Lee JT. PMID: 34023431.
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    13. Aortic Neck IFU Violations During EVAR for Ruptured Infrarenal Aortic Aneurysms are Associated with Increased In-Hospital Mortality. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Aug; 75:12-21. Zarkowsky DS, Sorber R, Ramirez JL, Goodney PP, Iannuzzi JC, Wohlauer M, Hicks CW. PMID: 33951521.
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    14. Understanding value and patient complexity among common inpatient vascular surgery procedures. J Vasc Surg. 2021 10; 74(4):1343-1353.e2. Ramirez JL, Lopez J, Sanders K, Schneider PA, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Sosa JA, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 33887430.
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    15. Closure device use for common femoral artery antegrade access is higher risk than retrograde access. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Oct; 76:49-58. Ramirez JL, Smith EJT, Zarkowsky DS, Lopez J, Hicks CW, Schneider PA, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 33838236.
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    16. Self-Perceived Comfort Performing Vascular Surgery Procedures among Senior Vascular Surgery Trainees and Recent Graduates. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Aug; 75:1-11. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Mohebali J, Nehler MR, Lopez J, Al-Musawi MH, McDevitt D, Smeds MR. PMID: 33831526.
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    17. Depression Predicts Non-Home Discharge After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Jul; 74:131-140. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Ramirez FD, Gasper WJ, Cohen BE, Conte MS, Grenon SM, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 33503503.
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    18. Long-term Lower Extremity and Cardiovascular Complications after Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant. Clin Transplant. 2021 03; 35(3):e14195. Amara D, Braun HJ, Shui AM, Sorrentino T, Ramirez JL, Lin J, Liu IH, Mello A, Stock PG, Hiramoto JS. PMID: 33340143.
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    19. Patients with depression are less likely to go home after critical limb revascularization. J Vasc Surg. 2021 07; 74(1):178-186.e2. Ramirez JL, Zahner GJ, Arya S, Grenon SM, Gasper WJ, Sosa JA, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 33383108.
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    20. Prenatal and Childhood Tobacco Smoke Exposure Are Associated With Sleep-Disordered Breathing Throughout Early Childhood. Acad Pediatr. 2021 May-Jun; 21(4):654-662. Ramirez FD, Groner JA, Ramirez JL, McEvoy CT, Owens JA, McCulloch CE, Cabana MD, Abuabara K. PMID: 33161115; PMCID: PMC8096866.
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    21. A novel preoperative risk score for nonhome discharge after elective thoracic endovascular aortic repair. J Vasc Surg. 2021 05; 73(5):1549-1556. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Boitano LT, Conrad MF, Arya S, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 33065243.
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    22. Living in a Food Desert is Associated with 30-day Readmission after Revascularization for Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Jan; 70:36-42. Smith EJT, Ramirez JL, Wu B, Zarkowsky DS, Gasper WJ, Finlayson E, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 32628994.
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    23. Increased Reintervention After Infrainguinal Revascularization for Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia in Women. Ann Vasc Surg. 2020 Nov; 69:307-316. Wu B, Lancaster EM, Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Reyzelman AM, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Hiramoto JS. PMID: 32561241.
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    24. Patient complexity by surgical specialty does not correlate with work relative value units. Surgery. 2020 09; 168(3):371-378. Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Seib CD, Finlayson E, Conte MS, Sosa JA, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 32336468.
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    25. Natural history of acute pediatric iliofemoral artery thrombosis treated with anticoagulation. J Vasc Surg. 2020 12; 72(6):2027-2034. Ramirez JL, Kuhrau CR, Wu B, Zarkowsky DS, Conte MS, Oskowitz AZ, Nijagal A, Vartanian SM. PMID: 32276025.
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    26. Antegrade common femoral artery closure device use is associated with decreased complications. J Vasc Surg. 2020 11; 72(5):1610-1617.e1. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Sorrentino TA, Hicks CW, Vartanian SM, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. PMID: 32165058; PMCID: PMC7718979.
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    27. A national post-Match webinar panel improves knowledge and preparedness of medical students interested in vascular surgery training. J Vasc Surg. 2020 05; 71(5):1733-1740.e5. Fereydooni A, Ramirez JL, Dossabhoy SS, Brahmandam A, Dardik A, Ochoa Chaar CI. PMID: 31843302.
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    28. Association of comorbid depression with inpatient outcomes in critical limb ischemia. Vasc Med. 2020 02; 25(1):25-32. Zahner GJ, Cortez A, Duralde E, Ramirez JL, Wang S, Hiramoto J, Cohen BE, Wolkowitz OM, Arya S, Hills NK, Grenon SM. PMID: 31713461.
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    29. Late graft failure is rare after endovascular aneurysm repair using the Zenith stent graft in a cohort of high-risk patients. J Vasc Surg. 2019 11; 70(5):1456-1462. Ramirez JL, Schaller MS, Wu B, Reilly LM, Chuter TAM, Hiramoto JS. PMID: 31147125; PMCID: PMC6815242.
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    30. Peripheral Artery Disease Is Associated with a Deficiency of Erythrocyte Membrane n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. Lipids. 2019 04; 54(4):211-219. Ramirez JL, Zahner GJ, Spaulding KA, Khetani SA, Hills NK, Gasper WJ, Harris WS, Cohen BE, Grenon SM. PMID: 30883776; PMCID: PMC6486409.
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    31. Fish Oil Increases Specialized Pro-resolving Lipid Mediators in PAD (The OMEGA-PAD II Trial). J Surg Res. 2019 06; 238:164-174. Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Khetani SA, Zahner GJ, Hills NK, Mitchell PT, Sansbury BE, Conte MS, Spite M, Grenon SM. PMID: 30771686; PMCID: PMC6462350.
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    32. Leptinemia is Associated With Peripheral Artery Disease. J Surg Res. 2019 06; 238:48-56. Zahner GJ, Ramirez JL, Spaulding KA, Khetani SA, Gasper WJ, Grunfeld C, Hills NK, Schafer AL, Grenon SM. PMID: 30738358; PMCID: PMC6451889.
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    33. Giant right coronary artery aneurysm presenting as cardiac tamponade. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2018 11 01; 27(5):787-789. Ramirez JL, Kratz JR, Wieselthaler GM. PMID: 29800339; PMCID: PMC6385477.
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    34. Radial Artery Tonometry is Associated With Major Adverse Cardiac Events in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease. J Surg Res. 2019 03; 235:250-257. Ramirez JL, Spaulding KA, Zahner GJ, Khetani SA, Schaller MS, Gasper WJ, Hills NK, Marlene Grenon S. PMID: 30691803; PMCID: PMC6355158.
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    35. Serum resistin is associated with impaired endothelial function and a higher rate of adverse cardiac events in patients with peripheral artery disease. J Vasc Surg. 2019 02; 69(2):497-506. Ramirez JL, Khetani SA, Zahner GJ, Spaulding KA, Schaller MS, Gasper WJ, Hills NK, Schafer AL, Grenon SM. PMID: 30292618; PMCID: PMC6348018.
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    36. Depression and peripheral artery disease: why we should care and what we can do. CVIR Endovasc. 2018; 1(1):14. Ramirez JL, Grenon SM. PMID: 30652146; PMCID: PMC6319506.
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    37. Intraoperative identification and treatment of a giant right coronary artery aneurysm. Multimed Man Cardiothorac Surg. 2018 Jul 24; 2018. Ramirez J, Wieselthaler G, Kratz J. PMID: 30070779.
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    38. Depression severity is associated with increased inflammation in veterans with peripheral artery disease. Vasc Med. 2018 10; 23(5):445-453. Hernandez NV, Ramirez JL, Khetani SA, Spaulding KA, Gasper WJ, Hiramoto J, Lindqvist D, Wolkowitz OM, Hills NK, Grenon SM, Zahner GJ. PMID: 30035700.
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    39. Surgical Management of Pulmonary Mucormycosis in Third-Trimester Pregnancy. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Rep. 2018 Jan; 7(1):e27-e29. Ramirez JL, Urisman A, Kukreja J, Kratz JR. PMID: 29977735; PMCID: PMC6023714.
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    40. Review of biologic and behavioral risk factors linking depression and peripheral artery disease. Vasc Med. 2018 10; 23(5):478-488. Ramirez JL, Drudi LM, Grenon SM. PMID: 29801423.
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    41. Frailty Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Major Adverse Cardiac Events in Patients with Stable Claudication. Ann Vasc Surg. 2018 Jul; 50:38-45. Schaller MS, Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Zahner GJ, Hills NK, Grenon SM. PMID: 29477684; PMCID: PMC6014878.
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    42. Characterizing the relationship between flow-mediated vasodilation and radial artery tonometry in peripheral artery disease. J Surg Res. 2018 04; 224:121-131. Zahner GJ, Spaulding KA, Ramirez JL, Schaller MS, Walker SC, Hills NK, Gasper WJ, Grenon SM. PMID: 29506827; PMCID: PMC5844355.
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