Ruth was born in Washington, D.C. and started her academic career impressively as valedictorian of her high school in Maryland and keeping fit with Tae Kwon Do. She then attended the University of Maryland in College Park, double majoring in biochemistry and linguistics, and won numerous awards on her way to becoming valedictorian, including summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Chancellor’s Scholar, Maryland Distinguished Scholar, and many others, and also found time to do basic research at the National Institutes of Health in both lymphoma and protein research.

Ruth joined SAR in 1998 and bases her practice out of our Johnston-Willis campus. Her special surgical interests are the full range of general surgery and advanced breast surgery, including imaging, needle biopsies, and lymph node mapping.

Medical Training

Ruth attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, and spent her summers continuing lymphoma immunology research and also working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During this latter endeavor, Ruth worked as an assistant with the Indian Health Service in two Arizona communities on immunization projects for the Navajo people. After medical school Ruth trained in general surgery at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital and took an elective year abroad working as a surgeon in Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador. With her linguistics background and being fluently self-taught in Spanish, this was a year she will never forget.

Personal Notes

Outside the hospital, Ruth and her husband Miguel, a healthcare architect, enjoy spending time with their two children, hiking, sailing, and caring for their collection of exotic tropical birds and other pets.


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Richmond, VA 23235




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