Sports Medicine Specialist Rivera-Vega Joins UAMS

By Ben Boulden

Rivera-Vega earned her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Veterans Affair Caribbean Health Care System in San Juan, Puerto Rico and her fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

She is a member of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Sports Medicine and Puerto Rico Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also is certified in sports medicine.

Rivera-Vega has private practice experience in four rehabilitation centers in Puerto Rico where she led a patient rehabilitation program and worked with both physical and occupational therapists. She also worked at VA Caribbean Healthcare System evaluating musculoskeletal injuries in the veteran population. Her sports coverage experience includes national and international sporting events, such as the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010 and the 2013 Juvenile Fencing Pan American Games.

She is known for her sports medicine-related research in musculoskeletal injuries in Puerto Rico and her analysis of emergency room services utilization and cost effectiveness in treating chronic pain patients at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System.


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