Dr. Saul Rivas named NAM Fellow for 2019-2021


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By Victoria Brito Morales

Dr. Saul Rivas is a clinical assistant professor of gynecology at the UTRGV School of Medicine. He has been named the 2019-2021 Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow by the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Rivas is one of five fellows for this selection period and the only Gant/ABOG fellow. “This fellowship is aligned with the work I have been doing here at UTRGV in regard to helping underserved populations, and working with policymakers,” Dr. Rivas said. “Serving on these health boards within NAM will be important components that will help to continue to foster a program that will help bridge the gaps we have identified in the Valley in healthcare.”

Dr. John Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and executive vice president for Health Affairs, said they are excited Rivas is representing UTRGV as a NAM fellow. “The expertise and knowledge he will bring from this opportunity will strengthen our goal of providing quality gynecological healthcare to underserved communities in the Rio Grande Valley,” Dr. Krouse said.

About the Fellowship

The Gant/ABOG fellowship enables early-career scholars in obstetrics and gynecology to participate in NAM’s health- and medicine-related work to strengthen their leadership in the field. Throughout the duration of the fellowship,Rivas will continue at his academic post while also serving on the academy’s health boards, which address:

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  • Children, youth, and families, 
  • Food and nutrition,
  • Global health,
  • Healthcare services,
  • Health sciences policy,
  • Population health, and 
  • Public health practice.

Dr. Rivas said one particular UTRGV initiative that aligns with NAM’s goals is the School of Medicine’s ‘Unimóvil’. It is a mobile clinic that brings medical care to underserved communities, including gynecological care.

“Those are the kind of initiatives that I would like to continue to build on, and this fellowship will assist in that,” Dr. Rivas said. “I am excited to be one of the few fellows selected at the national level and to bring that type of expertise and experience to UTRGV.”

Dr. Rivas was nominated by Dr. Tony Ogburn, professor and chair of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with support from Dr. Robert Nelson, senior associate dean of Faculty Affairs and innovation chair of the Department of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Rivas will attend the annual NAM meeting on October 21 in Washington, D.C. to represent UTRGV and the Rio Grande Valley.