R. Ivan Iriarte, MD, MS


Professor of
Public Health and Family Medicine
Position in Department:


He teaches a component of the FCM-721 course, which includes Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Iriarte has been recipient of Humanism in Medicine Awards given by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and the AAMC. He joined the department in 1985 after completing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Iowa. He has served in positions such as coordinator of the Medical Ethics Course, Residency Training Director, Director of Admissions, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences .


  • MD: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Río Piedras, PR
  • Family Medicine Residency: University of Puerto Rico, Department of Family Medicine, Caguas, PR
  • University of Iowa, MS Preventive Medicine
  • University of Iowa, Robert Wood Johnson Research Fellow
  • Graduate of the Music for Healing and Transition Program
  • Graduate of UCLA Medical Acupuncture Course
Course Offered

  • Third Year Family Medicine Clerkship
  • Family and Community Medicine I & II
  • MPH 7073 Course: Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
  • MPH 7013 Course: Advanced Epidemiology
  • Mentor for MPH Students’ Field Work Requirement
  • MPH 5103 Course: Introduction to Epidemiology
Members of professional Societies

  • Professional Member: Sound and Music Alliance
  • Charter Member: Sound and Music Alliance
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member: International Native American Flute Association
  • Member, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
  • Member, Puerto Rico Medical Acupuncture Association
  • Colegio de Médicos-Cirujanos de Puerto Rico
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Beta Chapter
Research Interest
Epidemiology, Non-conventional treatment modalities (Music and Health, Acupuncture)
Board Certification

  • Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (General)
  • Certified by the Puerto Rico Board of Medical Examiners: Family Practice, Preventive Medicine, and Acupuncture
Publications(last three years)

  • Rullán, J; Iriarte, RI; Muriel, M; Rodriguez, G; Bayona, M; Villa, J. Profile of Patients who Attended Skin Cancer Clinics in Puerto Rico. Accepted for publication in The Caribbean Journal of Dermatology and Therapeutics (September 2008)