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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Raymond Ramirez, board Certified in Dermatology, earned his medical degree in 1997 from Nova- Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency, during which time he discovered his true love in medicine was for dermatology. In pursuit of this passion, Dr. Ramirez worked as a malignant melanoma research fellow for three years at the University of California at San Francisco’s Mount Zion Cancer Center. This was followed by a year of dermatology medication research at Northwestern University. He completed his dermatology residency at Lutheran Medical Center in New York. Dr. Ramirez’s practice is in all aspects of dermatology with an emphasis on skin cancers, especially malignant melanoma. Dr. Ramirez feels that it is vital to ensure that his patients are as informed as possible of their conditions and his plan for medical care. “I don’t want to just dictate ‘the plan’ to a patient without informing them of what I am treating and why I’m recommending a certain medication or procedure. There is often more than one way to treat a condition and I’d rather design a care plan that will work best for an individual patient. Informing the patient about their condition, the rationale of a proposed treatment, and possible outcomes to expect, empowers patients to be an active, informed participant in their care.” Dr. Ramirez is dedicated to education of both the public and his fellow medical professionals about sun protection, skin cancers, and especially malignant melanoma. He has given numerous talks on these important issues around town and has also lectured at the UCF College of Medicine and is an adjunct professor with Nova-Southeastern University. Dr. Ramirez has regularly trained medical students, interns, and physician assistants. Dr. Ramirez’s primary focus in his training is the art of the ‘differential diagnosis’. When working with students, Dr. Ramirez can be regularly heard making them list off different possible diagnoses for each case they see. “Look, Dermatology is a specialty with a three year residency. That’s why there isn’t a smartphone ‘Match the Skin Spot’ App. For every type of skin lesion there are several possible diagnoses ranging from infections to autoimmune disorders to skin cancers or benign growths. A lot of these things can appear similar. We narrow down these possibilities based not only on what it looks like, but also on the history, changes, symptoms, etc. As dermatologists, we have to recognize the rare things that can be a danger. If we don’t look for the rare things, we won’t find them, they’ll eventually find us and bad things can result.” Dr. Ramirez has been happily married since 1995 and has two active teenagers. Between soccer, dance, surfing, longboarding, and being teenagers, Raymond’s main hobby is just being ‘Taxi Cab Ray’!." Nevertheless, he cherishes the time he gets to spend with his wife and family. Beyond his daily parental obligations, Raymond and his family love planning family trips and dressing up in funny costumes for 5K and mud runs!
Verified Patient Reviews
Very professional and informative. Very pleasant experience!
An early AM appointment guaranteed a quick check-in process. Dr. Ramirez and the Water Edge Staff were excellent at being clear in what they were doing at every moment of my visit.
Expected an annual exam
Very happy so far. Great doctor and staff!
As it turned out I had made my reservation on line in the morning. I had business outside the office the rest of the afternoon. The rescheduled time from 11:15 to 1:30 must have arrived that afternoon so I never saw it. I don't think that anyone is at fault, Things happen...
Very precise, he provided a regimen that should clear my skin
Very nice guy took his time and was very informative Looking forward 2 my next appointment
Answered all my concerns! Very friendly, knowledgable , definitely recommend.
Absolute great practice.
He is great! He is smart! He listens and gives great advice! I'd recommend him to anyone.
The doctor saw me and my 14 year old daughter. He made her feel comfortable. He explained everything thoroughly as he was doing exam. And he let us ask a bunch of questions. He listened to everything we said. Very kind and informative.
The staff was professional and courteous. Had a short 5 minutes wait. Dr had great bedside manner.