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Col. Ofelia Alvarez Willis, MD — Internist and Emergency Department Director

San Bernardino, CA— Col. Ofelia Alvarez Willis, MD, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Distinguished Practitioner for her work as an Internist and Emergency Department Director at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Dr. Willis graduated with her medical degree from the University of Montemorelos School of Medicine in Mexico in 1979. She completed a residency in internal medicine with the Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium in 1983. The doctor is board certified in internal medicine and has more than 45 years of experience. He specializes in the medical treatment of adults.

Dr. Willis is affiliated with the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda, CA. According to the doctor, the hospital provides primary care and specialty health services, including mental health support, addiction and substance abuse treatment, cancer care, suicide prevention, women’s healthcare, and more. It is a part of the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, whose mission is to offer options for timely, quality services for veterans through care and respect for one’s physical, psychological, and spiritual health. Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with preventing, diagnosing, and treating adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists. They manage and prevent common and complex diseases by providing comprehensive care and promoting overall well-being.

Dr. Willis works with veterans who are critically ill with various issues, focusing on preventative medicine, and works to educate her patients so that they can live healthy and comfortable lives. She is currently serving in the U.S. Army as a physician, and has been since 2012. She has been deployed to the Middle East, and has achieved the rank of Colonel. Additionally, Dr. Willis was appointed to the Commission for Women and Children for the State of California under Governor Jerry Brown.

The doctor was formerly with the American College of Physicians. She is a member of the AMA and the American Heart Association and serves as Medical Director for various facilities.

In her spare time, the doctor is active with her church, the Seventh Day Adventists. She supports students globally and has built a residential nursing home in Mexico where local medical students receive training.

Dr. Willis wishes to honor the loving memory of her father, Margereto Alvarez, and her mother, Ofelia Viveros. She would also like to thank her mentor and supporter during training, Gordon Hadley, MD.

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