Zevallos, Juan C., MD
Title: Chief Division of Applied Health Sciences Research & Data Coordinator; and Associate Professor
Office: AHC1 338
Department(s): Medical and Population Health Sciences Research
Dr. Zevallos is an Associate Professor of the Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). He graduated from Central University School of Medicine in Quito, Ecuador and was granted a Clinical Cardiology degree at the University of Padua, Italy in 1987. In addition, Dr. Zevallos obtained post-doctoral training in Preventive Cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and he also was a Field Epidemiology Officer (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2002, he received from the United States Department of Justice the designation of “Alien of Extraordinary Abilities”.
Dr. Zevallos is a successful international expert on cardiovascular disease, scientific writing, and has a strong record of publications in English, Italian and Spanish. As the founder president of the Americas’ Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET), he has been able to establish collaboration with more than 400 members affiliated with 35 universities and NGOs in 22 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean. The most comprehensive diabetes project in the United States – Mexico border was conducted between 1998 and 2002, and he served as chair of the scientific committee.
From 2007 to 2012, as Director of an NIH-funded and UNICEF-nominated Center of Excellence, the Endowed Health Services Research Center at the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Zevallos successfully implemented one of the most comprehensive population-based cardiovascular surveillance projects among Hispanics that involved the collaboration of dozens of cardiologists and health care administrators from 21 hospitals In Puerto Rico.
Since joining FIU HWCOM, Dr. Zevallos has been the mentor of 238 HWCOM medical students who have worked in 94 research projects. He has established an independent research program whilst being involved in the development of medical school curriculum. This has provided him with multiple research opportunities, successfully obtained funding, published his research, and served the local, national, and international scientific and education community in numerous ways.
Dr. Zevallos has taken on the responsibility to develop, implement and monitor the HWCOM clinical research curriculum using an integrative approach. He has worked to develop various pedagogical and assessment approaches throughout the curriculum, receiving positive student evaluations. The scientific writing component he has developed provides students with the skills to take on the challenge of becoming independent researchers and lead investigators. This fact has enhanced graduating students the skillset to continue applying advances in quantitative research into their clinical practice.