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Robert L. Ruff, MD., Ph.D.

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Ex Officio Member, Acting Director, Rehabilitation R&D Service, Veterans Affairs Central Office 

Robert. Louis Ruff, M.D., Ph.D. is a neurologist and biophysicist who is interested in Neuro-Rehabilitation directed toward stroke. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington. He is a Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is National Director for Neurology and the acting director of Rehabilitation Research for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been Chief of the Neurology, Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury & Dysfunction Services at the Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland. He is the Medical Director of the FES Center in Cleveland, which is a VA Rehab Research Center of Excellence. Dr. Ruff was the Associate Editor of the journal Neurology from 1994 through 1996. He joined the editorial Board of Muscle & Nerve in 2004. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development since 1999 and became Deputy Editor of JRRD in 2004 and Editor-in-Chief in 2005. His clinical research interests include treatment of people with spinal cord compression due to cancer and stroke rehabilitation. He has twenty years on continually funded research. His research deals with membrane biophysics, clinical neurology and stroke rehabilitation research.

Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology - 1982
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation - Spinal Cord Medicine - 2002

More than 110 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 40 book chapters or books.

Last Modified January 23, 2012