George Ruiz, MD, who served for many years in his roles as associate director of Advanced Heart Failure and lead of the Pulmonary Hypertension Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is the new chief of Cardiology at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore.
Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, says, “George is a ‘culture carrier’ whose infectious enthusiasm will help us drive MHVI toward our goal of full system-wide integration.”
Dr. Ruiz is responsible for all cardiac services delivered at both hospitals, working collaboratively with administrative and medical leadership to ensure a consistently high level of quality care and patient service as these hospitals continue to fully connect with MHVI and the Cleveland Clinic Alliance. He succeeds Jeffrey Quartner, MD, who has served these institutions for 10 years, and who will continue his administrative responsibilities supporting key strategic initiatives within MHVI. Dr. Ruiz says, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to build on the great work by Dr. Quartner and look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues in Baltimore.”
Dr. Ruiz is a graduate of Brown University and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He did postgraduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he was chief medical resident, fellow in cardiology, and one of the first to be jointly trained at Boston Children’s Hospital in the emerging subspecialty of adult congenital heart disease. Since joining MedStar in 2004, Dr. Ruiz has been an active clinician and a champion of numerous initiatives around quality, safety, patient satisfaction, reducing length of stay and preventing readmissions. He received his MBA from Johns Hopkins and served in a one-year fellowship at the White House, during which time he served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs working on health-related matters.