Juan G. Ruiz, MD, is a pediatrician and clinical epidemiologist who joined FIU HWCOM in 2015. He teaches Clinical Epidemiology, and mentors and coaches curricular research carried out by MD students.
Before joining FIU he was professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Epidemiology at Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, where he was chair of the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (1996-1999) and the Department of Pediatrics (1999 2002), and the first recipient (2015) of Javeriana’s Biannual Award for Lifetime Achievements in Health Sciences Research.
His main research interest is in Kangaroo Mother Care (appropriate care for preterm infants). In 1994 he and his research colleagues started Fundación Canguro in Bogotá, an NGO devoted to research, teaching, training and direct medical care related to Kangaroo Mother Care for premature infants. The foundation conducts large clinical trials on KMC and actively disseminates the technique in low and middle-income countries in Latin America, South East Asia, India, Africa and Eastern Europe. He has published more than 80 articles in peer reviewed journals, 12 books and 13 chapters of books.