Dr. Manuel Ruiz, Jr.



Dr. Manuel Ruiz’s path to Surgery has stretched across the country. From his childhood home in Irving, Tx, he began his career in the Marine Corps. While transitioning to the Reserves, he finished his undergraduate education at the University of North Texas while working at Parkland Hospital as an interpreter and patient advocate. During his time at Parkland, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and subsequently attended Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock, Tx, where he graduated with Outstanding Student Honors in General Surgery. He went on to complete his internship at R.E. Thomason Hospital in El Paso, Texas. From there, he started residency at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA where he served as a resident member on the Trauma and Critical Care Committee as well he attained an instructor position with the Advanced Trauma Life Support group of the American College of Surgeons. He also earned Patient Service awards at both Berkshire and Baystate Medical Centers. He completed his last 2 years of residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Service during his Chief year at Tufts before coming back home to Texas to practice in our community. Currently, he is practicing General Surgery with our office and is an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons. His wife, Dr. Michelle Ruiz, is a Professor of Management at UHV. Their whole family is happy to have found a wonderful community nestled here in the Golden Crescent.