Rafael Federico Rivas-Chacon, M.D., is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, has been Director of the Rheumatology Division at Miami Children's Hospital since 1989. He is also Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Rheumatology University of Miami, School of Medicine. Since 1990, he has been the Editor, Rheumatology Section of International Pediatrics, the hospital's professional journal.
Dr. Rivas-Chacon is a member of the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization South Florida Branch and co-chairman of the Organizing Committee for Camp Funrise.
A native of El Salvador, Dr. Rivas-Chacon earned his medical degree at the University of El Salvador School of Medicine in San Salvador.
After completing a rotating internship, and residencies in general practice and internal medicine in El Salvador, he completed a medical internship and residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Rivas-Chacon came to Miami in 1986 as a rheumatology fellow at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and V. A. Medical Center. He then completed a pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Northwestern University, Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Rheumatology, and a member of other professional societies. He has published several professional articles, and been involved in a number of research activities.