Museum of Hope


Ramon G. Duarte, California Licensed Registered Nurse, Nurse-Researcher, Lecturer, Author. Currently active in providing services in acute hemodialysis, charcoal hemoperfusion, acute apheresis, Prosorba Column Apheresis as well as supporting management with the development and organization of activities leading to successful regulatory survey visits for hemodialysis centers. Document screening skills are applied in support of CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) projects. Computer skills exemplified in website development of The website is career focused, and is a work in progress. Extensive nursing background, spanning 38 years in medical-surgical and critical care specialties, has afforded firsthand experiences with quality assurance issues and projects. Nurse-manager experience documented including schedule coordination, staff training, management and related administrative tasks. Critical thinking and writing skills evident in publications in peer review forums, with 30 published abstracts, nine manuscripts in print (one referenced in the New England Journal of Medicine, March 22 1990, Volume 322, Number 12, see page 828 References).

Graduated from Los Angeles Valley College School of Nursing, June 18,1971. Internship of specialty nurses training in nephrology (kidney transplant, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis) at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, 1971-1973. Continued education in Biological Life Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles, and Pepperdine University, Malibu, 1972-1976. Certified by the Board of Nephrology Examiners in Nephrology Nursing, April 1978, Chicago, Illinois. A recipient of formal training in updated techniques in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) Procedures in December of 1979, at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic, Acorn Research Laboratory-Austin, Texas. Participant in clinical training in advances in CAPD at Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada, February 1980. Clinical Update Training in Automated Peritoneal Dialysis, Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, California, December 1988. Clinical Training and Practice in Acute Apheresis Procedures, Cottage Hospital/Tri-Counties Blood Bank, January 1989. Continuously engaged in ongoing Biological Life Sciences continuing education in support of registered nurse licensure.

Staff Nurse, Hemodialysis Unit, University of Southern California Medical Center Los Angeles, 1971-1973, Assistant Head Nurse Hemodialysis Unit, University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1973-1975. Charge Nurse self-care hemodialysis unit, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Los Angeles, 1976. Charge Nurse, Culver City (Calif.) Dialysis Services, Inc., 1980-1982. Administrative Head Nurse, hemodialysis unit, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif., 1976-1978. Coordinating clinical research from 1978 to 1980 for Valley Dialysis Associates Inc. Proficiency exemplified in independent nephrology nurse forums from 1982 until the present. Nursing Director of Dialysis Services for Haemo-Stat/ Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 1993-1996. Clinical Instructor and Researcher, 1980 - present.

Contributing member of the Research Committee for Valley Presbyterian Hospital, 1976-1980. As Founder and President of the Dialysis Museum Council chaired the Southern California Dialysis Earthquake Preparedness Commission. Member of the Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians, member of the Allied Professional Advisory Committee, member of the Allied Health Professional Research Grant Committee, National Kidney Foundation Inc., member of the Scientific Advisory Council, National Kidney Foundation Southern California. Contributor of articles published in the Dialysis and Transplantation Magazine. Patentee Biologicals. Instituted the founding of the Museum of Hope in 1986. Coordinator of Airlift Armenia, December 1988. Pioneer Nurse Member of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs in 1980. A participating member of the American Nephrology Nurses Association engaged in contributing authorship to conference forums. Member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Recognized by the New York Academy of Sciences as a certified and active member.

Recipient of the Dedicated Services Award by the Hemodialysis Foundation in1976. Named Allied Health Professional of the Year, National Kidney Foundation of Southern California, October 1986. Faisal Nominatus, Candidate-1986-1987-1988. Scholarships granted by the American G.I. Forum, 1966. Dean's List, Los Angeles Valley College, 1968; the American Legion Forty and Eight, Scholarship, 1970. Valedictorian, Los Angeles Valley College, Nursing Program Convocation, June 18, 1971. Recipient of the Ruben Salazar Award at Pepperdine University in September of 1974. Nominated for the 1991 New York Academy of Sciences, Scientific Awards. Recipient of a Research Grant from the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Research Committee on April 20,1993.

Original contributions to the field of Nephrology: (1) Author of the equations of projected fluid removal, (2) developed the first in vivo ultrafiltration rate monitor, (3) solved the problem of concentration polarization of protein molecules in interaction with hemodialyzers, (4) introduced the use of ascorbic acid to neutralize sodium hypochlorite in disinfection procedures, (5) introduced Dialysis Triage Procedures for international disasters and (6) Author of "Apheresis Plasma Charcoal Hemoperfusion" as a new treatment modality for toxic substance overdoses.

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