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Tampa, FL
October 19, 2018

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Richard J. Rivas, DHSc, MS

**** ******** ****** *****, ****** Beach, Florida 33572

Mobile 813-***-**** ● E-mail:


Clinical organization leader with over 20 years of applied experience educating in health care, medical education, and research. Applying innovative knowledge in pharmacogenetics, bioinformatics, diagnostic device development, quality assurance, validations, regulation and compliance, production and launching of diagnostic assays. Analyze principles and policy development in complex specialized healthcare administration by meeting the needs of the whole person mind, body, and spirit. EDUCATION

Doctor of Health Sciences, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, December 2014 Department of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Health Studies A.T. Still University (ATSU), Mesa, AZ

Thesis: Primary Care Physician Insights on Breast and Prostate Cancer Point-of-Care Molecular Diagnostic Devices

Master of Science, Biomedical Science, December 1999 Department Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

Thesis: Genetic Characterization of a Family of Paralogous Genes of E. coli via Multiple Precise Gene Deletions

Bachelor of Science, Biology/Pre-Medicine, October 1994 Department of Biology

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Minor: Spanish Literature


Nursing Clinical Coordinator October 2017-- Present Ana G. Mendez University System, Nursing Department Acquire, contract, monitor, and evaluate all clinical sites for nursing courses and student experiences in coordinating Director of Nursing and Allied Health Programs. Provide support to facilitators, students, and administrative staff in order to expedite affiliation processes. Ensure compliance by establishing and communicating the program clinical goals with all staff and students, as well as, monitor and measure program outcomes.

Ensure that both faculty and students meet the credentialing requirements of assigned facilities and that all required paperwork is submitted to the clinical facilities within required time frames.

Coordinate an orientation program for all new clinical faculty to ensure that the program’s outcomes are being met.

Make regular visits to clinical facilities during the clinical rotation, documenting the findings of each visit.

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Prepare the clinical schedule, orientations at the facilities, and compliance of students clinical practice requirements with the purpose of providing nursing BSN students with the appropriate clinical practice scenarios.

Work in conjunction with the Director of Nursing and Allied Health Programs to establish and maintain a system to ensure good clinical practice, general clinical compliance documentation of clinical faculty and students as well as site-specific requirements are met. Biological Scientist III (Clinical Laboratory) October 2013 – October 2017 Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Division of Health Quality Assurance Provide skilled education of healthcare providers and medical directors in promoting internal and external compliance to the Agency and Department of Health Quality Assurance and according to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations.

Perform CLIA inspections to gather data, determine regulatory compliance, and compile reports on quality assurance and quality control.

Provide CLIA, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and State of Florida regulation training for new employees.

Utilize strong leadership, communication, and negotiation skills with physicians and health care providers by analyzing data, preparing and implementing change to improve performance in patient care.

Investigate complaints of independent providers, physician offices, hospital clinical laboratories, and End-Stage Renal Disease dialysis facilities to ensure patient wellness through the development and implementation of medical action plans and prevention of infection controls. Adjunct Professor August 2013 – Present

Saint Leo University, School of Arts & Sciences

Direct, lead, monitor, and evaluate student progress through learning software tools that include Learning Studio and Desire2Learn (D2L) Learning Management Systems. Write and develop syllabi and assignments for guidance of instructional/educational material. Provide support and steady leadership during the educational process incorporating innovative tools to explain the latest medical advances and scientific discoveries that affect our daily lives.

Lead students through genetic basis of Evolution and Personalized Medicine.

Investigate the science behind popular science fiction literature and film.

Sharpen students’ critical thinking skills to investigate science fiction to determine if they are compatible with fundamental principles in physics, chemistry, and biology.

Discussion of the ethics of new technologies in consideration of the university guiding core values. Lead Research Scientist July 2007 – February 2012

Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc., Biotechnology/Research and Development Developed and prepared special reports and analyses of innovative diagnostic tools for the medical director. Designed, developed, and delivered novel diagnostic tests for infectious diseases and inflammatory conditions as well as bio-terrorism and chemical nerve agent blood toxins. Key accomplishments: Established adeno virus and bio-terrorism chemical nerve agent blood toxin detectors with innovative patented technology platform.

As the audit and research liaison, monitored the performance of point-of-care pathogen detectors and provided technical guidance and analysis on contractor performance evaluation data (i.e., audits, quality control, project management, or quality assurance surveillance).

Ensured compliance of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations, good Page 3 of 4

laboratory practices and good clinical practices of medical devices.

Established research and development protocols for the performance of variance analysis and implementation of changes.

Designed and optimized point-of-care diagnostic chemical warfare nerve agent, rapid viral and bacterial detectors.

Medical Student, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program August 2004– January 2007 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

Initial courses in Anatomical Sciences (Anatomy, Embryology and Histology), through Problem- Based Learning (PBL) Pathway; studied the basic medical sciences completing 70% of the total pre- clinical curriculum.

Two years of PBL pre-clinical program encompasses the study of more than 70 patients’ cases.

Learned proper patient history evaluation and physical examination techniques in class; gained clinical experience with standardized patients under the guidance of physician instructors. Principal Chemist/Supervisor January 1994 – February 2004 Trividia Health, Inc. (formally Nipro Diagnostics/Home Diagnostics), Pharmaceutical/Medical Devices Leading developer/distributor and global manufacturer of medical devices and pharmaceutical products is responsible for high-quality blood glucose monitoring systems that span the spectrum of features and benefits to help every person with diabetes better monitor and manage their disease through an ecosystem.

Managed scientists in development and production of laboratory chemical formulas for FDA approved blood glucose monitors and test strips.

Trained new scientists and technicians; wrote procedures for chemical formulas.

Ensured compliance with regulated standards to comply with FDA regulations. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Presentations

Rivas, R. J., O’Leary, P., Steelman, E., & Voytilla, R. “Genomics: Cancer and the Healthy People 2020 Initiative,” A. T. Still University [Winter Symposium]. Mesa, AZ. 23 January 2013. Certifications & Training

United States Patent #8470608 for Combined Visual/Fluorescence Analyte Detection Test

Doctorate degree certified in Leadership and Organizational Behavior – A.T. Still University College of Graduate Health Studies

The National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research Protecting Human Research Participants Certificate, June 2013.

The National Institutes of Health Financial Conflict of Interest Certificate, June 2013.

Quality System Regulation 21 CFR 820, U.S. FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, February 2011.

CMS Training to Certify End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Centers

CLIA Training

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training

Project Management Certification (In Progress)

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (In Progress) Page 4 of 4

Professional Affiliations

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA)

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)

Association of Interdisciplinary Doctors of Health Science (AIDHS)

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)


Miami Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Department, volunteer

South Bay Hospital in Physical Therapy Department, volunteer

American Red Cross, Disaster Relief Services, volunteer

Director of Iron Men & First Impression

Community Outreach Leader

Faith In Practice Medical Mission Orthopedic and General Surgery Group, Spanish translator volunteer


Languages: Bilingual English & Spanish, USCIS hearings and interviews translation for Ruhl Law immigration attorneys

Software: D2L Learning Management System, Learning Studio, CRM, MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Office, IBS SPSS Statistics

Instruments: Beckman Coulter STKS Hematology Flow Cytometer and MAXM Hematology Analyzer; BioTek ELx800 Absorbance Reader; Thermo Fisher Scientific and Bio-Rad Thermal Cyclers for PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

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