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Jorge G. Ruiz, M.D.

General Information

Jorge G. Ruiz, M.D.

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Specialties

  • Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine - Internal Medicine

Languages

English

Clinical Areas

Palliative Care, geriatric assessment.

Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Med-Geriatric Medicine

Roles

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program
  • VA GRECC Associate Director for Education and Evaluation

Research Interests

Geriatrics and medical education; virtual worlds in geriatric education; virtual patients; multimedia e-learning for patient self-management; effects of anti-aging bias on health care outcomes; frailty.

Publications

Education

Undergraduate
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Graduate
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Residency
Saint Agnes Hospital
Fellowship
University of Florida

Biography

Dr. Ruiz has dedicated his career to the application of e-learning and educational technologies to health care education. An expert in e-learning in health care education, Dr. Ruiz is a founder and the director of GeriU (http://www.geriu.org), the Online Geriatrics University, and the GRECC Laboratory of E-learning and Multimedia Research (LEMUR, http://lemur.geriu.org), where he directs an interdisciplinary team of investigators, research fellows, and multimedia specialists. His research interests include leveraging educational technologies to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease, web-based geriatrics education, development of virtual patient simulations in tobacco cessation, the role of health literacy and numeracy in patient self-management, the use of visual aids for communication of cardiovascular risk, and computer-based clinical decision support for physicians. Dr. Ruiz’ research in patient education and self-management includes projects using avatar-mediated interventions to foster healthy behaviors in patients with obesity, diabetes mellitus, overactive bladder, cardiovascular disease, and nicotine addiction. Most recently, Drs. Ruiz and the interdisciplinary research group at the GRECC Laboratory of E-learning and Multimedia Research have been investigating the use of digital humans as interventions to improve health care education, physical activity among sedentary veterans, and self-management for patients.

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