Bella Vista Family Medicine
Residency Program

The Bella Vista Family Medicine Residency Program was founded in June, 1997. This is an accredited three-year unopposed Family Medicine program in a community hospital site. It is affiliated to the University of Ponce School of Medicine, but is independently administered and staffed by local faculty and personnel. We have graduated more than 100 residents since 2000.

The Bella Vista Family Medicine Residency Program aims to provide care in the context of the family and the community, accentuating disease prevention and health promotion in a unique bilingual environment. Your professional development includes training and developing competence in the area of Tropical Medicine. In addition to being committed to excellence in education, personal growth, and delivering the highest standards of patient care. At Bella Vista you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful island of Puerto Rico, "The Island of Enchantment". Located in the tropics, Puerto Rico has an average temperature of 82.4 °F (28 °C) throughout the year. Flamenco Beach located on one of our smaller islands, Culebra, has been named one of the best beaches in the world. You will be able to enjoy our cuisine, culture, beaches, island activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, surfing, or just enjoying the warm Caribbean sun.


The Bella Vista Family Medicine Center serves as a model clinic for teaching medical students and residents, and to develop new knowledge in the field of Family Medicine. Located in downtown Mayagüez, approximately 3 miles from the Bella Vista Hospital; it is here that residents and faculty practice clinical medicine, providing continuity of care to their patient panels.

The patient population derives from families living in the immediate Mayagüez area. A wide socioeconomic and age distribution contributes to an excellent experience in family care.


  • Dolly E. Lugo, MD, FAAFP - Program Director
  • Jorge Vera, MD, DABFM - Associate Program Director
  • Rubén A. Velázquez, MD - Designated Institutional Official
  • Alexis Vera, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine and Geriatrics Attending
  • Mario I. Olivencia, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine Attending
  • Francisco Gutierrez, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine Attending
  • Liz Gómez, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine Attending
  • Joadys Bosques, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine Attending
  • Germán Rodríguez, MD - Hospitalist Attending
  • Rafael I. Iriarte, MD - Research Coordinator
  • Nicelia Peña, PsycD - Behavioral Science Specialist
  • Alexandria Camacho - Program Coordinator

Contact Us


(787) 834-6000   Exts. 1501, 1502

Web Address

Mail Address

P.O. Box 1750
Mayagüez, PR 00681-1750

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