Faustine D. Ramirez, MD
Dr. Faustine Ramirez grew up in San Francisco, California. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Anthropology. She played on the University of Washington NCAA Division 1 soccer team and was team captain during her final season. She was a recipient of the yearlong Mary Gates Research Scholarship for her thesis in medical anthropology and was awarded the Department of Athletics Student-Athlete Academic Excellence and Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete awards. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute studying publication bias among drug and device trials for chronic pain conditions.
For medical school, Dr. Ramirez attended the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and graduated with Distinction in 2019. Throughout medical school, she was involved in a number of medical education and clinical research projects in sports medicine, pediatric cardiology, and general pediatrics. She participated in a yearlong clinical research fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health between her third and fourth years of medical school, during which she completed the UCSF Advanced Training in Clinical Research certificate and conducted several epidemiologic studies on children’s sleep. Dr. Ramirez has received multiple research awards and grants, including the Society for Pediatric Research Student Research Award, the Academic Pediatric Association Student Research Award, and the UCSF Pathways to Discovery Prize in Clinical and Translational Research. She has more than 15 peer-reviewed publications and has given numerous podium and poster presentations at regional and national research conferences.
Dr. Ramirez is completing her residency training in Pediatrics at UCSF. In residency, she has merged her passions for sports medicine and medical education by developing curricular resources on pediatric sports medicine for residents and teaching numerous lectures, workshops, and conferences on sports medicine topics. She has been actively involved in her community by leading education sessions with high school student-athletes on wellness, mental health, and injury prevention, developing resources on mental health for youth athletes, and helping provide free preparticipation physical evaluations for high school student-athletes in her community. She volunteers as one of the team physicians for Lowell High School in San Francisco and has provided medical coverage for football, soccer, and track and field, in addition to helping evaluate student-athletes in training room.
Dr. Ramirez is passionate about medical education, clinical research, sideline coverage, community engagement and advocacy. She enjoys all aspects of sports medicine, and her primary clinical and academic interests include athlete mental health, youth sports specialization, overuse injuries, preparticipation physical evaluations, and concussion.