Charina Marie Ramirez, MD $$

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Charina Ramirez, M.D., is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Health and an associate professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

After receiving her medical degree from the UT Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Ramirez completed an internship and residency training in pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Ramirez completed her fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center. She also served as a research fellow studying lipid metabolism during this time. She was awarded the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation fellowship grant.

Dr. Ramirez’s research interest involves cholesterol transport in the murine models of Nieman-Pick Type C disease and Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency. Currently, she’s evaluating the effects of a low carbohydrate diet in pediatric patients with metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (2003)
Children's Medical Center Dallas (2004), Pediatrics
Children's Medical Center Dallas (2006), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern - Children's Medical Center (2010), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Gastroenterology
  • Research Interests

    • Metabolic-Associated Fatty Liver Disease in Pediatrics (Evaluation in Primary Care Setting, Effects of Low Carbohydrate Diet, Evaluation in Primary Care Setting, Genetics of Fatty Liver Disease, Cystic Fibrosis-Associated Liver Disease in Pediatrics, and Niemann-Pick Type C Disease)
    • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
    • Pediatric Liver Disease
    • Metabolic-Associated Fatty Liver Disease
    • Rare Metabolic Liver Diseases
    • Niemann-Pick Type C Disease
    • Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency
    • Peroxisomal Disorder and Zellweger Spectrum Disorder
    • Bile Acid Synthesis Defect
  • Publications

    • Ontogenesis and Modulation of Intestinal Unesterified Cholesterol Sequestration in a Mouse Model of Niemann-Pick C1 Disease. Lopez AM, Ramirez CM, Taylor AM, Jones RD, Repa JJ, Turley SD, Digestive diseases and sciences 2019 Jul
    • Delineation of metabolic responses of Npc1-/-nih mice lacking the cholesterol-esterifying enzyme SOAT2 to acute treatment with 2-hydroxypropyl-ß-cyclodextrin. Ramirez CM, Taylor AM, Lopez AM, Repa JJ, Turley SD, Steroids 2020 Dec 164 108725
  • Professional Activities

    • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
    • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
    • Texas Medical Association
  • Awards and Honors

    • D Magazine Best Doctor 2022
    • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist 2019-2021

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