Ricardo A. Rivero, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine and Community Medicine
851 AHSB, MC 779
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Biographical Info

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine


Caracas, Venezuela


Universidad de Los Andes Mérida, Venezuela


Master of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago 2001​


  • HIV/AIDS Workforce Development
  • HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention
  • HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in Latinx communities
  • Sexual Health
  • Primary Care Training and Enhancement
  • Implementation Science Research in Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities

I have been the Executive Director for the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC) sin 2014 and have worked at the Center since 2003. Before I became MATEC’s Executive Director, I directed the planning and implementation of MATEC programs in Illinois for 11 years. In the previous 16 years, I worked in HIV/AIDS prevention with a special interest in HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in Latinx communities.


  • National Alliance of HIV Education and Workforce Development
  • National Institute of Health, Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council
  • Northwestern University, Community and Implementation Practice Committee
  • National Sexual Health Conference
  • AIDS Education and Training Centers, HIV Workforce Collaborative
  • Getting to Zero IL


  • AIDS Education and Training Center Program, Health Resources and Services Administration, 2019 – 2024
  • Midwest Integration of the National HIV Curriculum, 2019 – 2022
  • Midwest Fellowship for Primary Care Champions, 2019 – 2023
  • Strengthening High Impact Prevention in the Midwest, 2019 – 2023

Midwest TXTXT: Scale up of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Promote HIV Medication Adherence, 2021 – 2024

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Carlberg-Racich S., Wagner C., Alabduljabbar S., Hasnain M., Rivero, R., Hasnain M., Sherer R., Linsk, N., (2018) Professional Identity Formation in HIV Care: Development of Clinician Scholars in a Longitudinal Mentored Training Program. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 38:3, 159-164

Wagner C., Carlberg-Racich S., Linsk, N., Sherer R., Alabduljabbar S., Hasnain M., Rivero, R. (2017) Impacts of Longitudinal Mentorship to Strengthen the HIV Workforce: Qualitative Evidence of Changes in Clinicians’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 28:6, 940-952

Boehler M., Schechtman B., Rivero R., Jacob B-A., Sherer R., Wagner C., Alabduljabbar S., Linsk, N.L. (2015) Developing the HIV Workforce: The MATEC Clinician Scholars Program. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 27:3, 246-260

Bashook, P., Linsk, N., Jacob, B., Aguado, P., Edison, M., Rivero, R., Schechtman, B., & Prabhughate, P. (2010), “Outcomes of AIDS education and training center HIV/AIDS skill-building workshops on provider practices.” AIDS Education and Prevention, 22:1, 49-60

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