Dr. Ricardo J. Flores graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine with highest honors in 2004. He completed his training in pediatrics at the University of Puerto Rico Pediatric Hospital in 2007 and his subspecialty training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center in 2010.
While in medical school, Dr. Flores experienced the death of a close family member who struggled against an aggressive type of leukemia. From this, he recognized that treating patients with cancer and blood diseases required an extremely concerted effort from family and health care providers, and decided to train in the field of hematology/oncology, which encompasses all aspects of the medical profession. During his initial year of hematology/oncology training, Dr. Flores became interested in pediatric bone tumors, especially in patients who presented with aggressive disease who had limited treatment options. At that time, he resolved to focus his research efforts on the high-risk bone tumor pediatric patients.
Beyond his clinical and research duties, Dr. Flores actively promotes the advancement of underrepresented minorities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM-fields). In the early 2010’s he was selected as member of a Leadership Institute Training Program for minorities in STEM-fields, served as Master of Ceremonies for the Society on the Advancement of Science Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans National Conference, and was recognized as distinguished young physician scientist by the National Library of Medicine.
In 2016, Dr. Flores was named Clinical Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Texas Children’s Hospital’s The Woodlands. Since then, he has been highly involved in humanitarian efforts and mass media public education with interviews on nationwide radio, newspapers, and TV networks including Telemundo, Univision, CNN, and PBS, among others. He co-founded and serves as board member on multiple non-profit organizations to benefit childhood cancer patients and underserved populations, which have resulted in over $6,000,000 donations and 1,000,000 pounds of supplies to affected communities in the United States and Latin America to date.