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Ralph AlvaradoREPRepublican American physician and politician
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Ralph A. Alvarado (born April 30, 1970) is an American physician and politician and is currently serving as the 15th Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health. He served as a member of the Kentucky Senate representing the 28th District from 2015 to 2023. Upon taking office, he became the first Hispanic person elected to the Kentucky General Assembly. His father is from Costa Rica and his mother is from Argentina. He assumed office on January 1, 2015, serving until January 6, 2023, when he would resign to accept the role of commissioner. Alvarado was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Pacifica and San Jose, California. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose in 1988. He graduated from Loma Linda University in California in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and completed an MD from the same university in 1994. He completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.He spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention.He sponsored a 2017 medical malpractice bill that was later struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court for obstructing access to the courts.Alvarado was chosen by Governor Matt Bevin to be his running mate in the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election. The Bevin-Alvarado ticket lost the general election on November 5, 2019, to the Democratic ticket of Andy Beshear and Jacqueline Coleman.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Loma Linda University
Bellarmine College Preparatory
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate
2014 - 2023
Clark Regional Medical Center
Alvarado Medical Services, Professional Limited Liability Company
Medical Director
Isaiah House Treatment Center
2020 - Current
Chief Executive Officer
Alvarado Medical Services
2017 - Current
Regional Medical Director
KentuckyOne Medical Group
2013 - Current
Former Associate Professor
University of Kentucky
Former Chief of Staff
Saint Joseph’s East Hospital
Former Physician
KentuckyOne Medical Group
Former President of Medical Staff
Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Former President of Medical Staff
Saint Joseph’s East Hospital
Former Resident
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, the University of Kentucky
Medical Resident
University of Kentucky
Other Experience1 - 20 of 20
Grace Baptist Church
Clark County Medical Society
American Medical Association
Board Member
Finance Committee, KentuckyOne Medical Group
Former Member
American Academy of Pediatrics
Former Member
Board of Trustees, Kentucky Medical Association
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Kentucky Right to Life
Clark Chamber of Commerce
Member and Fellow
American College of Physicians
Winchester Medical Associates
Vice Chair
Kentucky One Health Medical Group
Rapha Ministries
Former Chair
Senate Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources, Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate
Former Co-Chair
Joint Committee on Medicaid Oversight and Advisory, Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate
Former Co-Chair
Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources, Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate
Former Member
Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate
Former Member
Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue, Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate
Former Member
Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate
Former Member
Appropriations and Revenue Committee, Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate