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Ramon L. Jimenez, MD: A Diverse Life
Date:2/26/2009

ional careers. When I meet younger people of diverse backgrounds, I always encourage them to stay in school and take a serious look at the healthcare field. A little nudging and pushing helps a bit too," said Dr. Jimenez.

Pulled toward medicine, Dr. Jimenez attended Santa Clara University and then headed to the Midwest where he spent six years at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

During his final year of residency he took a trip to Tunisia, where he treated a number of diseases, maladies and congenital deformities that he says, "most orthopaedic residents can only dream about having the opportunity to treat." This experience pointed out to him the plight of those who suffer healthcare disparities. Dr. Jimenez also served his country as a Major in the U.S. Army where he had the privilege to help treat thousands of paratroopers.

Elected to the AAOS Board of Directors, Dr. Jimenez served as a member of the Academy's Board of Councilors, Chair of the Patient Education Committee and most recently, the Diversity Advisory Board (DAB). While on the DAB, Dr. Jimenez was instrumental in helping to launch the Academy's Culturally Competent Care program.

"We needed to engage our members in this important issue. When an orthopaedic surgeon opens the exam room door and sees a patient different from themselves, they need to know how to treat that patient on more than just a medical level. They must know a patient's customs and be responsive to their cultural needs, as well delivering optimal orthopaedic care. Respectful communication is the key," noted Dr. Jimenez. "I am so pleased with the Academy's efforts on this front."

Dr. Jimenez has served as president of the Western Orthopaedic Association as well as the California Orthopaedic Association. He has also served as chief of staff and on the board of trustees at O'Connor Hospital, in San Jose, Cali
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