Confrere Raul Ruiz - Our US Lazarite elected US Congressman (November 2012)
Our heartfelt congratulations go to our Confrere Raul Ruiz CMLJ who has been elected Congressman in the United States Rep, 36th Congressional District. Confrere Raul is a hard working and altruistic emergency room doctor and he managed to unseat Republican Mary Bony Mack in yesterday's US elections in California, garnering 51.43% of the votes.
Confrere Raul Ruiz was awarded the Companionate of Merit of the Order of Saint Lazarus in the 2012 investiture of the Grand Priory of the US with the rank of Commander of Merit for the humanitarian services that this accomplished doctor has executed throughout his career.
Ruiz grew up in Coachella, California. His parents were migrant farm workers. He graduated from Coachella High School at age 17, and went to UCLA in 1990, graduating magna cum laude before attending Harvard Medical School. He was the first Hispanic to receive three graduate degrees from Harvard University (MD from Harvard Medical School, Masters in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Masters in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.)
After graduating from Harvard University, Ruiz spent time working abroad in Mexico, El Salvador, and Serbia, before taking a job as an emergency physician at the Eisenhower Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital in the Coachella Valley. He founded the Coachella Valley Healthcare Initiative in 2010. In 2011, he became senior associate dean at the School of Medicine at University of California, Riverside. In 2011, he received a Commander's Award for Public Service from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division for his humanitarian efforts for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.