OUR MISSION

To encourage the development of individuals and organizations committed to science and the investigation of physical and mental health of Puerto Ricans.

OUR VISION

To be the leading organization that promotes knowledge and prevention as transformative elements in Puerto Rico’s health.

ABOUT US

In January 1980, a group of Ponce leaders decided to organize themselves to continue operating independently the medical school of the city of Ponce, known as Ponce Medical School Foundation and which was initially linked to the Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR (1977). For the month of July 1980, the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico authorized the Foundation to operate the Ponce School of Medicine and the following year (1981) the Liasion Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited the award of the degree of medicine to SchoolThe new administrationgoverned by a Board of Trusteesgraduated its first medical class of 23 professionals and successfully handled the challenges of operating an independent school for nearly 35 years. 

In September 2014, Ponce Medical Schoolknown at the time as Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, acquired by Tiber Health Public Benefit Corporation and converted into Ponce Health Sciences University.  As a result of said process, a successorindependent and non-profit foundation, was established under the name Ponce Health Sciences Education Foundation Inc. d/b/a Fundación Intellectus. 

Intellectus Foundation maintains a solid commitment to the academic development of medical and health students, awarding scholarships and sponsoring mentoring and community service programs for these young people. 

Intellectus Foundation is governed by a Board of Directorswho guide the organization towards a sustainable future ensuring that it has the necessary resources to achieve its mission.

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Javier Cerra, MD

President

Aracelis Vidal-Rivera, Esq.

Vice President

Ramón Torres Morales, PhD

Treasurer

Susana Santiago, MBA

Secretary

Luis Ghigliotti, MD

Member

Melanie Mendoza, MSHRM

Member

Viviam Y. Puig, MBA

Member

Walter Frontera, MD, PhD

Member

Lcdo. Héctor A. Santini

Member

Elena M. Colón Parrilla, PhD

Executive Director