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Irma Ramos MD

Irma  Ramos MD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin
Drachman Hall A212
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-6965


Dr. Ramos, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) at the University of Arizona (UA).  She is a physician-scientist with formal training in pediatric emergency medicine and vast professional experience in public health and the implementation of successful education programs.  Dr. Ramos has provided leadership to several nationally recognized NIH-funded community engagement programs and developed curricula for training health care professionals and community health workers (Promotores) in environmental health and genomic health.  Her research focuses on public health translation of genomic/ precision medicine knowledge to improve genomic literacy and health outcomes and decrease health disparities. Her areas of research interest include precision medicine, community medicine, health disparities, particularly at the interface of prevention, management and treatment of diseases.

Dr. Ramos is the Associate Director of Interprofessional Education representing the MEZCOPH within the University of Arizona Health Center. She is involved in the development, design, implementation and assessment of the UA Interprofessional Curriculum (didactic, experimental and practice-based education). This work is done in collaboration with the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health.

Educational Background

Licensed and certified Pediatrician

Selected Publications

Mahwish Khalid, Pasano Bojang Jr., Abeer Hassanin, Emma Bowers, Elsa Reyes-Reyes, Irma N. Ramos, and Kenneth S. Ramos.  LINE-1: Implications in the etiology of cancer, clinical applications and pharmacologic targets.  Mutation Research Reviews, in press, 2018. 

Kristie N Ramos, Irma N Ramos, Yi Zeng, Kenneth S Ramos. Genetics and epigenetics of pediatric leukemia in the era of precision medicine [version 1; referees: 2 approved] F1000Research 2018, 7(F1000 Faculty Rev):1104 (doi:10.12688/f1000research.14634).

Reyes-Reyes, E.M., Aispuro, I., Tavera-Garcia, M.A., Field, M., Moore, S., Ramos, I.N., Ramos, K.S.  LINE-1 couples EMT programming with acquisition of oncogenic phenotypes in human bronchial epithelial cells.  Oncotarget,, 2017.

Language Spoken:

English and Spanish

Research Synopsis

Dr. Ramos research focuses on public health translation of genomic/ precision medicine knowledge to improve genomic literacy and health outcomes and decrease health disparities.

Dr. Ramos is one of the investigators of the NIH funded “Precision Health Initiative Cohort Program”. In this grant, she serves as director of the first ever Precision Medicine Community Health Worker Program for the All of Us Research Program.

Dr. Ramos is also involved in two translational and clinical studies, one to evaluate the utility of LINE-1ORF1p as a novel biomarker of environmental exposure and disease and the other, to characterize genome-based biomarkers of injury that can be used to identify adults and children exposed to toxic agents.

Research Projects
Ongoing Funded Research

“University of Arizona-Banner Health Precision Medicine Health Initiative Cohort Enrollment Center”

Akinlolu O. Ojo, MD, Irma N. Ramos, MD et al.

This NIH award, 43 million, supports institutional efforts to establish a cohort as part of the national precision medicine initiative.

Period: 2016 – 2026

“University of Arizona-Banner Health All of Us Research Community Health Worker (CHW) Program” 

Akinlolu O. Ojo, MD, Irma N. Ramos, MD, et al.

This award focused on Precision Medicine to increase participation of Hispanics into the study. To our knowledge, this is the first CHW Precision Medicine Program in Arizona. 

Period: 2018-2023 

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona