August 19, 2020
Gainesville, FL - On Monday, August 3, 2020, North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) welcomed Dr. Maria P. Ruiz as the new GYN oncologist for Gainesville GYN Oncology. Dr. Ruiz joins Dr. Daylene Ripley in practice, providing expert, compassionate care and offering prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers. Dr. Ruiz brings an advanced skill set to NFRMC, further expanding our cancer care services for patients in North Central Florida.
Dr. Ruiz specializes in all areas of gynecologic cancer, working closely with hematology oncology and radiation oncology colleagues to provide the most up-to-date comprehensive treatment to women with gynecologic cancer conditions. Dr. Ruiz has extensive training in open, laparoscopic, and robotic approaches to surgical treatment. She is also experienced in Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) for selective patients with gynecologic cancer. Last August, NFRMC welcomed Dr. Francisco Macedo to North Florida Surgical Oncology, now located with the Surgical Group of Gainesville, and he brought the HIPEC procedure to patients here in North Central Florida. NFRMC is currently the only hospital in North Central Florida that offers HIPEC treatment to cancer patients. With Dr. Ruiz joining the team, NFRMC is now able to further expand their HIPEC program, offering this treatment to a broader spectrum of patients.
Dr. Ruiz received her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and her graduate master's degree from Des Moines University. She earned her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and then completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where she also served as the Administrative Chief Resident. She subsequently completed her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, training at both Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College. She has several publications that have been recognized and awarded in peer-reviewed medical journals. Her research interest focuses on outcomes based research involving surgical volume and outcomes.
"Women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer experience a significant amount of both physical and emotional stress," said Dr. Ruiz. "I hope to help ease my patients' fears by providing them with the knowledge and treatment options needed so that they can make a fully informed decision on their care. I strive to provide a comprehensive approach to a woman's care in gynecologic oncology, using evidence-based approaches of the highest standards of care in preventing, diagnosing and treating their gynecologic cancer."