Ximena Alvira, MD, PhD

Ximena Alvira, MD, PhD

Dr. Ximena Alvira is Senior Clinical and Research Specialist for Elsevier’s Health Solutions. She is an enthusiastic and passionate medical doctor and doctor of neuroscience with broad experience in clinical practice. Originally trained in Colombia, Dr. Alvira practiced emergency medicine at hospitals including Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston before moving to Madrid to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. She trained in routine neuroanatomical techniques for light, fluorescent, and electron microscopy, and her work focused on the study of sleep-wake mechanisms.

After obtaining her degree, she worked as postdoctoral research fellow in the Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, where she focused on the study of the neuroanatomical mechanisms underlying psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

Her passion for science communication and the dissemination of knowledge kick-started her career as medical writer, which is still ongoing. To date she has edited numerous scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and delivered multiple scientific writing master classes and workshops around the world.

Dr. Alvira joined Elsevier in 2012 as a Knowledge Representation Expert, working with Elsevier’s Spanish team to launch ClinicalKey for the Spanish-speaking markets. Among other roles, she was responsible for the overall quality process of the Spanish edition.

In her current role, Ximena uses her expertise and insight to engage with customers, clients and providers worldwide to demonstrate the value of Elsevier’s solutions in helping them to achieve their goals and improve outcomes.


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