Ricardo Z. Vinuya, MD, is Director of Allergy and Asthma Services at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Wayne State University College of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Dr. Vinuya did a research fellowship at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Michigan /Wayne State University, where he also completed his fellowship in allergy, immunology, and rheumatology.
At the Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Vinuya directs both an inpatient asthma service mat delivers specialty inpatient care to more than 1,000 children with asthma who are admitted to the hospital annually and outpatient allergy and asthma services. The focal part of both inpatient and outpatient asthma services is the "Peter Puffer Educational Program," which was designed by Dr. Vinuya's team for pediatric patients with asthma. The program includes animation videos, comic books, handouts, and calendars with a 5th grade reading level. Dr. Vinuya is also a consultant for a Wayne State University National Institutes of Health grant to develop Internet website asthma educational modules for schools.
Dr. Vinuya is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Michigan, the Steering Committee of the Michigan Asthma Strategic Planning Initiative, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
Dr. Vinuya is the founding leader and current chairperson of the Detroit Asthma Coalition, a grassroots coalition with more than 200 members representing various organizations involved in asthma care, including hospitals, managed care organizations, civic organizations, industry, business, local and state government, schools, and volunteers. Through his leadership, the Coalition has forged collaborative endeavors with community partners and has implemented numerous programs with the objectives of decreasing morbidity and mortality from asthma in the community and improving the quality of life of individuals with asthma in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Dr. Vinuya's major academic and clinical interests are asthma and allergic diseases. He has published numerous articles and abstracts on these subjects and has given many lectures and presentations locally and nationally. His interests include designing and implementing innovative strategies and models for more efficient delivery of asthma care in communities, developing asmma educational programs, and exploring the science of outcomes measures.