Advisors

Dr. Gladys "Sandy" Ramos, M.D.

Gladys “Sandy" Ramos, MD, is a board-certified perinatologist who specializes in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. Perinatologists, also known as maternal-fetal medicine specialists, care for pregnant women with complex health or fetal issues. Dr. Ramos’ expertise is in treating women with diabetes to help ensure safe deliveries of healthy infants while maintaining optimal health for mothers. She is also experienced in managing placenta accreta and other high-risk issues.

As a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Dr. Ramos is active in educating medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She has led many research studies with the aim of improving the care of pregnant women with diabetes. 

Dr. Ramos has published numerous abstracts, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has appeared in American Journal of Medical Genetics, Journal of Perinatology and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Ramos' training includes completing a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. She earned her medical degree from UC Irvine. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal and fetal medicine.

Dr. Ramos is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is currently fellowship director for the maternal fetal medicine fellowship at UC San Diego.  She is also director of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Program at UC San Diego.

Outside of work, Dr. Ramos enjoys traveling with her husband. She is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish.

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Dr. Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Rachel Rizal, M.D. grew up in Cerritos, California. She has always had a strong interest in healthcare and education. Since high school, Rachel has advised hundreds of individuals for college, graduate school, scholarship, and fellowship applications. In high school, she was inducted to USA Today’s All-USA High School Academic First Team for her international education work and recognized as a Coca-Cola Scholar. She attended Princeton for undergraduate studies, and graduated cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. There, she founded an organization called Health Matters, which creatively
taught health education and brought medical resources to low-income families. After college, she pursued a Fulbright Fellowship where she led research and public health projects related to vaccinations and infectious diseases. Rachel received her M.D. at Stanford. She started a health education program in Stanford’s Emergency Department and continued her vaccination work by leading Flu Crew, an organization that distributes free flu immunizations. She also worked for Stanford Health Care, learning hospital administration and business operations under the tutelage
of the CEO, COO, and Vice Presidents of the hospital. Rachel did her residency in Emergency Medicine at Harvard. She advises non-profits and companies that focus on improving access to care, care coordination, and health education. She has a passion for interdisciplinary work, and wants to pursue a career that integrates medicine, public health, public policy, and business.