Director of Accelerated Review Program (ARP)
Director of Global Health Institute
Associate Professor of Medical Education
Ángel M. Matos Lugo is a Puerto Rican Physician and Educator; passionate about Humanitarian Health and compelled to diminishing health disparities and inequalities across the globe.
Dr. Matos served as attending physician and guided over 100 UMHS students in medical mission trips to Guatemala (2017, 2018), Dominican Republic (2018), Costa Rica (2019), and Peru (2019). He has a strong commitment to fostering students' ability to work with culturally diverse patients and interdisciplinary teams, particularly in low and middle-income countries.
Other than administering ARP, the Global Health Institute, and teaching, Dr. Matos is the Chair of the UMHS Faculty Admissions Committee. He often supports the school’s recruitment initiatives in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Canada
He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in México; and received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Currently, Dr. Matos pursues a graduate program in Humanitarian Health and Global Health Practice from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Matos is a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, American Public Health Association, Mexican Society of Public Health, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. He serves the Board of Trustees of Albizu University in Miami and Puerto Rico.
Immediately before joining UMHS, Dr. Matos was Associate Dean and Human Anatomy & Physiology Faculty for the UNE School of Health Sciences in the Ana G. Méndez University System. Responsible for Health Sciences Programs in 6 campuses in PR, foreseeing other locations in mainland USA. He has progressive research experience in Mental Health and Addiction Medicine, addressing patient access and quality of services for persons with addiction problems, HIV, HBV, and HCV, in correctional environments. Formerly served as Consultant and Project Director for the National Opioid Treatment Program of the Puerto Rico Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (PR-SAMHSA/ASSMCA).
Dr. Matos holds an active medical license. While in México, he practiced medicine in Public and Private Hospitals. Extensive experience in Community Health and Preventive Medicine, providing primary care in Rural Clinics, treating migrant farmworkers, and indigenous populations.