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A Castro Valley, Calif., native, Ryan J. Ribeira, MD, MPH, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees (BOT) in June 2017. He is a practicing emergency medicine physician at Stanford University Hospital and a clinical instructor and administrative fellow at Stanford Medical School. He is also the founder and CEO of SimX, a company that makes low-cost virtual and augmented reality medical simulation software.

A member of the AMA since his first day of medical school, Dr. Ribeira has served organized medicine in numerous capacities. Active in the AMA House of Delegates for 10 years, Dr. Ribeira has authored or co-authored more than 50 AMA resolutions and reports. He has also served on the governing councils of both the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) and the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS), and as chair of both the AMA-MSS and AMA-RFS caucuses. He was previously on the AMA-BOT as a medical student from 2013 to 2014.

In addition to his extensive work with the AMA, Dr. Ribeira is active within the California Medical Association (CMA), previously chairing the CMA-MSS, and serving on the CMA Council on Legislation and board of trustees. He also spent three years on the CALPAC board of directors.

Outside of organized medicine, Dr. Ribeira is very active in areas of health care quality improvement and patient safety. He spent a year doing dedicated research on the science of quality measure development for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He also worked in the Harvard lab of Atul Gawande, MD, on several projects involving implementation of quality initiatives, and served as a fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At Stanford University Medical Center, he currently sits on the hospital’s Patient Safety Steering Committee and served as co-chair of the Resident Safety Council. He has worked on quality projects as a senior medical consultant for the Stanford Healthcare Consulting Group.

Dr. Ribeira attended college at Brigham Young University where he graduated in 2008 with a double major in business management and nutritional sciences, and a minor in cultural anthropology. He attended medical school at the UC Davis School of Medicine, graduating in 2014, and attended Harvard University where in 2013 he received his Masters in Public Health with a focus on health care policy and management.

Nurturing an interest in health care technology innovation long before medical school, Dr. Ribeira worked for an angel investor and has been on the executive team or advisory board of five health technology startups. In his role as founder and CEO of SimX, he has been a keynote speaker at multiple national and international health technology conferences and has been featured in numerous news articles, television segments and documentaries.

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