If you are live in or are from New Mexico, you most certainly know the name Dr. Barry Ramo. He is an Albuquerque treasure, an institution, an icon. For more than four decades the renowned cardiologist has served the people of New Mexico as the founder of the New Mexico Heart Institute, where he continues to work as the director of cardiac rehabilitation.
Since 1990, Dr. Ramo has taken his passion for cardiac health to the airwaves as medical editor and reporter at KOA Action 7 News. He takes complex topics and makes them simple for the viewer to understand. In the course of his broadcast career, he has written and presented daily health segments for KOA. In addition, he has presented a number of series with the goal of creating sustainable change in behavior after the segments have run.
A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and cardiology fellowship at Duke University. He has been involved in educating the public since the completion of his training. Dr. Ramo’s commitment to education is to both the medical community as he teaches as a Clinical Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Duke University.
The topics Dr. Ramo presents are predominantly related to improving health rather than treating disease. He believes being a practicing physician on television in an era of exaggeration and distortion of health and medical reports gives him a special responsibility to the general public and the medical profession.
Dr. Ramo created a program called Project Heart Start that utilizes a video he wrote to teach four lifesaving skills. The enormous airtime and promotion given to this program has allowed more than 100,000 New Mexicans to learn to save a life
In the eyes of Ramo, it is a privilege to have the forum of television which has given him the unique opportunity to reach a vast number of people with medical stories that can have the greatest impact on people’s lives.
Dr. Ramo is married, with two adult children and donates much of his spare time to the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra as a member of its board.