Ralph Riviello, MD, MS, FACEP, to become Chair of Department of Emergency Medicine

A Message from the Dean: 

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ralph Riviello, MD, MS, FACEP, as Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine in the Long School of Medicine (LSOM) effective November 1, 2019. He comes to us from the Crozer Keystone Health System, where he serves as a Chair of Emergency Medicine, and Drexel University where he is a Professor of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Riviello has successfully led initiatives in improving emergency department metrics and throughput his career as well as advancing the field of clinical forensic medicine.

Dr. Riviello graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in biology in 1990.  He received his MD from Hahnemann Medical College in 1994.  He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in 1997.  Dr. Riviello completed his master’s degree in forensic medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Riviello was previously the Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University.   Accomplishments during his tenure as Vice-Chair include integrating three separate emergency medicine practice sites under the clinical responsibility of the department, and expansion of clinical tria

ls research in the department, including several NIH-funded trials.

Dr. Riviello also co-founded the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center, which is free-standing center where sexual assault victims can received medical and forensic care by specially-trained clinicians.  He continues to serve as the center’s Medical Director.  Dr. Riviello edited the textbook, “Clinical Forensic Emergency Medicine: a Guide for Clinicians”.

I want to especially thank Dr. Andy Muck for his wonderful efforts as interim Chair of the department. The department has done well under his superb leadership, and Dr. Muck will now be able to devote his full attention again as director of the excellent residency program. Dr. Riviello was selected after an extensive national search led by Dr. Bob Leverence. My sincere thanks to Dr. Leverence and the members of the search committee for their hard work on this important recruitment. We also thank our partners at UHS for their work in facilitating this recruitment, especially Ed Banos, Michael Roussos, and Tommye Austin.

Ralph and his husband, Bear Seavers, who works as a bank manager and is an avid gamer, are looking forward to relocating to San Antonio with their rescue dog, Homer.  They are excited to find a good Philly cheesesteak in Texas as well as watching the Eagles play the Cowboys. Please join me in welcoming Ralph and Bear to the UT Health family!


Robert Hromas, MD

Dean, Long School of Medicine

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