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4.28.2015

Dr. Phillip Ruiz Elected Fellow of American Society of Transplantation

Phillip Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and Medical Director of the Transplantation Laboratories in the Department of Surgery, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation (AST). He will be formally inducted on May 4 during the American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia.

This honorary distinction by AST recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional commitment to the field of transplantation through their clinical and society service, research and grant support, and exemplary scholarly work.

“Dr. Ruiz is the rare individual who can truly bring basic science research to the clinical setting, greatly enhancing patient outcomes,” said Alan Livingstone, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery. “Since joining the Miller School of Medicine, he has built a highly successful interdisciplinary team that bridges multiple departments. While we were already aware of his seminal accomplishments, it is gratifying to see that the American Society of Transplantation also recognizes how his contributions to the field have improved the care of this complex population of patients.”

“I am deeply honored to be named a Fellow in the American Society of Transplantation,” said Ruiz. “I have been involved in transplantation for much of my academic life, and I have thoroughly enjoyed contributing via research, clinical and educational avenues to this wonderful field. This award is also a recognition by the AST of the unique and exceptional service that the Department of Surgery Transplant Laboratories provide to the Miami Transplant Institute. I look forward to continuing our long-standing and successful integrated relationship with the MTI and to assisting with the future growth of this extraordinary transplant program.”

Ruiz is internationally recognized for his expertise and research in clinical and experimental transplantation pathology, transplantation immunology and general immunopathology. His primary current research interests relate to exploring in situ alloimmune and tolerance mechanisms within solid organ allografts.

He has authored more than 460 publications and numerous book chapters, and he is the editor of the textbook Transplantation Pathology. He has received a variety of previous awards and distinctions related to his clinical and research accomplishments in transplantation.

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