Dino Ramzi was born in Beirut Lebanon and grew up in Montreal. His medical education was at McGill University where he did an internship at St. Mary’s Hospital Center and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Montreal General Hospital. He graduated from medical school a month before his 23rd birthday. He started teaching early, appointed Lecturer to participate in programs for younger fellow medical students before graduation.
His first job was at a McGill affiliate in Chisasibi, an Arctic First Nations community, collecting his first major administrative title of Chief of Medicine of a small 18 bed, 4 bassinet hospital at age 27.
In 1991, Dino returned to Montreal and McGill University as an Assistant Professor, honing his teaching skills, developing a passion for evidence-based medicine and doing clinical work at the Montreal General, St. Mary’s and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as in several private practices in town.
Desiring to further his academic contributions to the study and practice of family medicine, in 1996 he relocated to Atlanta to help steer the new family medicine residency program at Emory University. While Canada, Australia, the UK are committed to their primary care infrastructure, the US had not found a place in its most prestigious universities for the education and training of generalists. For this reason, Emory’s new program received a great deal of attention at the time, but was soon subject to the political and cultural aversions to managed care during the late 1990’s.
While he was at Emory, Dino completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health, doing course work predominantly in health policy and management as well outcomes research. He soon left Emory to pursue other opportunities in research and management. This upcoming departure, however, provided him with an opportunity to return to one of his first loves – providing medical treatment and access to under-serviced communities – and he worked for a Grady Hospital’s neighborhood clinics in addition to a brief research project at the CDC.
Marrying his wife Maria in 2005 and moved to Maryland where he took the position of Medical Director at Community Clinic Inc, a facility that later qualified, under his leadership through the application process, to become a Federally Qualified Health Center. Dino also reached out to Georgetown University’s faculty to integrate Community Clinic Inc with the Capricorn research network. During his three year tenure Community Clinic Inc nearly doubled the volume and revenue from direct medical services. Another highlight of Dino’s time in Maryland was the completion of a community-based intervention program to prevent and treat childhood obesity.
Following three successful years in Maryland, he took the bold step of uprooting again to accept a position in Vancouver, WA as the medical director of a local clinic owned by Providence, a large health system. While Dino continued to grow professionally at Providence, he missed working in a more direct and personal capacity with his colleagues and patients. Thus, when an opportunity appeared to work in a small group practice with a like-minded group of primary care providers, he jumped. In private practice, Dino finally found an environment where he could thrive, quickly growing his practice and becoming a partner. Dino has also continued his passion for community health development, contributing his time and expertise to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, Compassion Connect Clinic of Camas/Washougal, the Clark County Medical Society in addition to serving as a delegate to the WSMA and WAFP.