Iris Reyes, M.D.
Dr. Iris Reyes received her Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College and her Medical Degree from Mt. Sinai (Icahn) School of Medicine. She completed residency in internal medicine at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and completed fellowship in emergency medicine at HUP. Dr. Reyes is currently a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Advisory Dean to the Office of Student Affairs at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is also founder of AMP.
What made you interested in your current field of medicine?
“Nearing the completion of residency in internal medicine, I experienced the overwhelming sensation that there was so much more I wanted to learn from other fields of training. The opportunity to complete a fellowship in emergency medicine presented itself and I quickly signed on. I was able to obtain board certification in each specialty but more importantly, I have loved acquiring the expertise to help patients at a time when they are most in need. After practicing emergency medicine for 25 years, I can't say that I have ever regretted my career choice. It has been a wonderful, challenging, and always interesting ride.
In my capacity as an Advisory Dean at the PSOM, I have thoroughly enjoy interacting with medical students and helping to guide them through their med school years of education. I have served as an Advisory Dean for nearly ten years and simply beam with pride as I watch my "kids" graduate each year and move on to make their impact on the world.”
What do you enjoy about working in the UPHS-CHOP system?
“I particularly enjoy working with the West Philadelphia population and working alongside colleagues who are the among the best in their fields to provide outstanding care to our patients.”
What are some of your favorite things to do in Philly?
While I live in the Lehigh Valley and spend little time outside of work in Philadelphia, I always have enjoyed sharing meals with friends at the wonderful restaurants in the city.”
Any words of wisdom to share?
“As founder of the Alliance of Minority Physicians, I encourage students, residents, and fellows to become active in our organization and to take full advantage of the wonderful mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities that AMP offers. Working alongside deeply committed residents and fellows to build an organization focused on improving diversity at UPHS and CHOP has been an extremely rewarding experience. I encourage students and trainees to utilize AMP's resources but to also consider doing what they can to help us nurture those who follow.”