Harvard Medical School Invites Dr. Ruiz to Speak About Health Disparities

April 11, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Dr. Ruiz (CA-36), a Harvard alumnus, was invited to speak at Harvard Medical School of Medicine to address health equity, social justice and diversity before students and faculty.

“It was a great honor to be back at my alma mater and address issues that affect the patients in my district and around the nation, both as a physician and as your Representative. Being a physician Member of Congress gives me a unique perspective on health disparities and barriers to care, particularly for minorities and those who live in underserved communities. As a lawmaker I am dedicated to fighting for health equity across the nation for every person regardless of race, ethnicity, location, or socioeconomic background."


U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, MD, grew up in the community of Coachella, California. After graduating from Coachella Valley High School, Dr. Ruiz graduated magna cum laude from UCLA. He went on to Harvard University, where he earned his Medical Degree, as well as a Masters of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a Masters of Public Health from the School of Public Health, becoming the first Latino to earn three graduate degrees from Harvard University. He completed his Residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.