Michael Ramirez, MD

University of California, San Diego

I grew up in a small, quiet town in Pennsylvania called Plains. I loved playing baseball as a kid, and I remember I always planned to play shortstop for the New York Mets. When I was two years old, I was diagnosed with cancer, and I ended up spending quite some time in the hospital setting.  I remember getting to skip school due to all of my follow up appointments at the hospital, and perhaps for this reason, I loved going to the doctor. I loved it so much that it overcame my passion to play baseball, and I wound up embarking on the road to medicine.  I went to college in Philadelphia at Temple University, and then adventured out to California for medical school at UC San Diego. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

I love medicine because as a physician I get to not only help patients with physical ailments, but I am privileged with being placed in the position to be a source of safety, comfort and trust for patients.  As a physician, I hope to be competent to care for patients of all ages in all settings of medicine. I believe VCMC is one of the few opportunities available that can provide me with the largest wealth of knowledge and training by some of the most qualified, down to earth and intelligent attending physicians in the country. 

Ventura is one of the greatest places to live with some of the coolest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and I look forward to the next few years here. Outside of the hospital I love to go hiking and explore, play some guitar, and read. I am a follower of Jesus and I can't eat gluten.