MedStar Health Gives Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy Patients New Hope for Life

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health Heart and Vascular Institute has launched a program at MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan hospitals to diagnose, treat and research two life-threatening heart conditions that often go unrecognized, and is developing the program into a nationally-recognized center of excellence that has no peer in the region.  Read more.

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MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Names George Ruiz, MD, Chief of Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospitals


Baltimore—(February 8, 2016)—MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has named George Ruiz, MD, as chief of Cardiology for MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospitals. He succeeds Jeffrey Quartner, MD, who has served these institutions admirably over the past 10 years.  Dr. Ruiz brings specialized clinical expertise, combined with strong business skills, to both enhance MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute’s footprint in the region and bring increased cardiovascular care to patients in the Baltimore community.

Board certified in advanced heart failure and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Ruiz specializes in adult cardiology, pulmonary hypertension, adult congenital heart disease, right heart failure, advanced mechanical support, and congestive heart failure.

In this role, Dr. Ruiz will be responsible for all cardiac services delivered at MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan, working collaboratively with both administrative and medical leadership to ensure a consistently high level of quality care and patient service as both hospitals continue to connect with MedStar Heart &Vascular Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Alliance.

“Dr. Ruiz brings enormous intelligence, talent and enthusiasm to the task at hand,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. “I am confident of his abilities to play an important role as we continue to develop MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute across the system as the region’s premier destination for cardiovascular care.”

Joining MedStar Health in 2005 as an attending physician, Dr. Ruiz worked with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, becoming a founding member of the Special Moms Special Babies program, the first regional service to care for pregnant women with heart disease. In the subsequent years, he served various roles at the Hospital Center, including director of Advanced Cardiac Support Clinic; physician champion of the Heart Failure Core Measure Group; director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Unit; and most recently, associate director of the Advanced Heart Failure Section.

Throughout his tenure with MedStar, Dr. Ruiz has been an active clinician and a tireless promoter of numerous initiatives around quality, safety, patient satisfaction, reducing length of stay and preventing readmissions.

A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Ruiz received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He did his postgraduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he was chief medical resident, a 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.

In addition, Dr. Ruiz recently received his MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He also has high-level government and consulting experience, serving two years as a White House fellow during which time he worked on health-related matters as a special assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Ruiz mentors thousands of medical students and speaks nationally about success strategies for medical school and residency. He helps empower the Latino community by appearing regularly on Spanish-language television broadcasts to discuss cardiovascular health. His work with adult congenital heart patients was featured in the Associated Press and on CNN.

Click here to learn more about MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute.

About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of highly acclaimed and nationally recognized cardiac experts and care programs spanning all 10 MedStar Health hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Baltimore area, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute experts are accessible at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and more than a dozen community locations.

In November 2014, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital forged a ground-breaking alliance with Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. Under this historic alliance, the hospitals have agreed to share best practices related to patient care, outcomes measurement, quality reporting and clinical research. This exchange among leading heart care providers means that patients throughout the mid-Atlantic region will benefit from an exceptional and unmatched level of heart and vascular care.

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MedStar Health Educates Community about Heart Disease, Offers Free Screenings and Resources at Annual Heart Smart Event

heart-newsBaltimore—(October 10, 2014)—In an ongoing effort to raise awareness of heart disease, MedStar Health will host its annual Get Heart Smart event on Saturday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Featuring free resources and access to top experts from the region’s premier cardiovascular program, the event will educate the community about the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Free screenings and heart-focused seminars are aimed to teach participants about heart risk factors and effective, life-saving ways to reduce those risks. Available screenings include: blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Registrants are also invited to enjoy a heart healthy breakfast, beginning at 8 a.m.


The event will be held at the following location:

MedStar Good Samaritan
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

To more information, or to register for the Get Heart Smart event, click here or call to 877-74-HEART. To learn more about heart care at MedStar Health, click here.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit


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