Dr. Mario Ramirez is currently the Chief Medical Officer at AffirmHealth, a Nashville based company working to help patients and physicians manage chronic pain safely and responsibly. He is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in Tennessee and Virginia.
Prior to joining AffirmHealth, he served as a Presidentially-appointed White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and functioned as the Acting Director for Pandemic and Emerging Threats which included responsibility over a wide range of emerging health and national security threats such as Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. From 2011-2014, he served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force where he served as an emergency medicine physician and flight surgeon with a combat deployment to Afghanistan as a Critical Care Air Transport Team Leader evacuating wounded soldiers.
Originally from South Texas, Mario originally moved to Nashville in 2007 to complete his emergency medicine residency training at Vanderbilt. He is the author of more than 20 publications in both medicine and national security and has previously served as a volunteer with the Nashville Police Department teaching wounded officers how to care for themselves in the field.