Brent Ruoff, MD, Receives MOCEP R.R. Hannas Physician of the Year Award

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Brent Ruoff, MD, was selected to receive one of two Missouri College of Emergency Physicians’ (MOCEP) R.R. Hannas Physician of the Year Awards. He received a double nomination from his peers, Gary Gaddis, MD, and Evan Schwarz, MD, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The award will be presented to Dr. Ruoff at the MOCEP Annual Membership Meeting on May 4, 2017, in Springfield, Mo.

Dr. Ruoff is the Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency program.

Dr. Ruoff’s list of accomplishments over his career are impressive and include: receiving three Emergency Medicine Residency Golden Apple Awards for Outstanding Lecturer between 2001 and 2008; receiving the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Distinguished Clinician from Washington University School of Medicine; serves on many committees; and has published numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine from the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Board Certified in Internal Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Instrumental, meticulous, leader and commitment are just a few words used to describe Dr. Ruoff by his nominating peers. His hard work was instrumental in laying the foundation for clinical operations to support the development of the Emergency Medicine residency program at Washington University. He provides support that allows faculty to grow and pursue advanced training, often at the expense of his own academic career, while also being active in the community. His many efforts to meet the needs and wants of a disparate group of physicians leads to the harmony and shared mission of his Division.

The R.R. Hannas Award is presented to an emergency medicine physician and resident each year, and is named after Dr. Ralston R. Hannas, a “founding father” of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hannas is a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and was the co-organizer, with Dr. Wiegenstein, of the first Scientific Assembly in 1969. He was also chairman of the committee that founded the American Board of Emergency Medicine, served on the Board for twelve years and was the organization’s fourth president. Dr. Hannas was also instrumental in helping organize the fifth Emergency Medicine residency program in the country, at Northwestern University, in 1973. In 1976 he moved to Kansas City where he practiced emergency medicine for 21 years.