16 Facts About Carmen Deseda


Carmen Deseda is a medical officer and commander in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

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Carmen Deseda earned a doctor of medicine from Universidad Central del Caribe in 1979.

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In 1980, at University of California, Los Angeles, Carmen Deseda studied pediatric infectious diseases under James Cherry and parasitology under Marietta Vogue.

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Carmen Deseda completed a pediatric residency at St Louis Children's Hospital in 1981.

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Carmen Deseda was a pediatric clinical instructor in the emergency room at the San Juan City Hospital from 1985 to 1986 and at the department of pediatrics in the Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon Regional Hospital from 1986 to 1987.

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From 1991 to 1993, Carmen Deseda was a medical epidemiologist in the hepatitis branch of the Epidemic Intelligence Service in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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From 1994 to 2001, Carmen Deseda was a pediatric associate professor at the UCC.

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In 1994, Carmen Deseda joined the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as a medical officer.

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Carmen Deseda maintained a pediatric private practice in Hato Rey from 1985 to 1990.

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Carmen Deseda was director of the Neonatal Hepatitis B Pilot Program with Ramon Ruiz Arnau at University Hospital in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

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Carmen Deseda has served as a consultant for the American Red Cross Puerto Rico Region since 2002.

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Carmen Deseda is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine and served as president of the Latin American Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

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From 1994 to 2001, Carmen Deseda served as State Epidemiologist in the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

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Carmen Deseda was appointed to the role by Governor Pedro Rossello.

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On March 19,2020, journalists from the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico stated that Carmen Deseda, who had become more visible in the press since the resignation of Puerto Rico Health Secretary Rafael Rodriguez Mercado, did not have the credentials to be a state epidemiologist.

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Carmen Deseda stated she had missed prior COVID-19 related press conferences due to family medical issues.

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