What They're Saying

What They're Saying

Experts talk about the need and benefits of the Puerto Rico Center for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

  • "We are excited about the prospect of establishing the first comprehensive center devoted to pulmonary disorders in Puerto Rico. We are committed to improving the health of our community and hope to contribute new knowledge to advance health equality worldwide." - Lic. Jaime Maestre, Director del Centro Medico de Mayagüez
  • "This is a wonderful opportunity for our School to further expand its patient care, education, and research efforts throughout the island, while strengthening our ties with the Mayagüez Medical Center. Puerto Rico desperately needs a center devoted to pulmonary fibrosis, an area of great need in the island that has been neglected for too long." - Dr. Olga Rodriguez, Dean of the Ponce School of Medicine
  • "Puerto Rican scientists have contributed greatly to the understanding of the genetic basis of HPS and other rare disorders. The PR-CPF will house scientists, clinicians, educators, and healthcare advocates under one roof with the single goal of improving respiratory health in Puerto Rico and abroad." - Dr. Sanchez Cornier
  • "Having visited Puerto Rico many times throughout the years with hopes of increasing awareness about Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome, I can tell you that Puerto Rican families are in very much need of this center." - Donna Appel, President of the Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome Network
  • "Discovery is essential to advancing healthcare. Without it, we will continue to deliver suboptimal care for decades to come. We have partnered with the PR-CPF to advance discovery in pulmonary fibrosis, an area receiving much attention worldwide due to its large footprint and the lack of effective treatment options." - Dr. Kenira Thompson, President of the Ponce Research Institute and Dean for Research at the Ponce School of Medicine
  • "We have to ensure that our physicians know how to diagnose and treat pulmonary fibrosis and related disorders, and their many causes. In the PR-CPF, students and other trainees will learn about this condition. Importantly, they will help disseminate information about pulmonary fibrosis throughout the island as they enter their own careers. We are committed to developing top physicians and healthcare providers and this helps us move towards this goal." - Norman Ramirez, Training Program Director, Mayagüez Medical Center
  • "I can’t tell you how excited I am that we are able to collaborate with the Mayagüez Medical Center and the Ponce Medical School to improve health in the island of Puerto Rico. The PR-CPF allows us to extend our efforts in health equality through our Global Health Initiative and the Community Engagement Campaign of the University of Louisville School of Medicine." - Dr. Toni Ganzel, Dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine