Eric Alvarez


Eric Alvarez is the CEO and founder of Grapefruit Health, a company that is creating a brand new workforce to help meet the significant shortage of health care workers today.  

Prior to this adventure, he held multiple positions within the health care industry. Most recently, Eric was the COO of a health care technology startup called Fibroblast, which was acquired by Cerner Corporation in 2020. In this role, he oversaw product development, human resources, finance, general company operations, and was active in all major sales cycles.  

Before joining Fibroblast, Eric was a hospital administrator at the University of Chicago Medicine and Northwestern Medicine. In these roles, he led large clinical and nonclinical teams mostly in specialty services that included the services lines of cardiovascular surgery, urology, and ophthalmology. These roles have provided Eric with a deep understanding of how health systems function as a business and what their systemic challenges are.  

Eric earned his master’s degree in health care administration from Rush University, and his bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Southern Illinois University. Prior to college, he served in the United States Air Force during Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, Eric was named a top 100 Rising LatinX founder, Distinguished Alumni of the Year from Rush University, and took a board seat at Southern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Sciences.  

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