Upon graduation from medical school from the University of Buenos Aires, Dr. Jorge Rios decided to continue his residency training in the United States. During his tenure as a practicing surgeon, Dr. Rios led a celebrated career, notably as a Professor and Chair of Medicine at George Washington University in Washington D.C. It was here on March 30th 1981, that Dr. Rios was on the supporting team of physicians that treated and led the recovery when President Ronald Reagan was shot during an assassination attempt.

After his retirement from George Washington University, Dr. Rios accepted an opportunity to serve as the Executive Dean of Ross University School of Medicine in 2001. In his role, Dr. Rios worked vigorously to mold and elevate RUSM’s curriculum and student body to that of the US medical schools. He recruited several US based faculty members and implemented several academic initiatives to help promote the development of the student experience, including the Salybia Mission Project. He also encouraged students to have a stronger sense of self awareness and professionalism, often reminding students – (As a student) “You showed up to class, you were quiet and respectful.”

Prioritizing the academic needs of the students, Dr. Rios often walked around campus and popped his head into offices, lecture halls, and libraries to offer faculty accessibility. “Human contact with staff and students is a powerful tool and something we desperately needed at Ross,” reflects Dr. Rios. Students with the highest GPAs each semester were invited to the Rios home for a congratulatory dinner. In his initial years as the Executive Dean at RUSM, Dr. Rios hosted over 300 students at his home.

Last year the Board of Trustees recognized him by appointing him Dean Emeritus at Ross University School of Medicine. To this day, Dr. Rios and his wife, Barbara, continue to be involved at Ross University School of Medicine, attending RUSM’s Education Summit and Commencement this past May.

In 2020, 91% of RUSM students passed the initial step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) on the first attempt. And in 2022-2023, results show yet another strong year for RUSM with a 97% first-time residency attainment rate* thus far. Located on the island of Barbados and with a network of more than 15,000 alumni, RUSM is one of the largest providers of doctors for the U.S. healthcare system. RUSM graduates practice in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico.

*First time residency attainment rate is the percent of students attaining a 2023-24 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2022-23 who were active applicants in the 2023 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.