Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Assistant Director, Office of Cancer Health Equity, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chief, VAMC Hematology and Oncology Section
Site Director, VAMC Hem/Onc Fellowship Program
Director, Oncology Clinical Trials Unit, W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC Salisbury, NC
Dr. Jimmy Ruiz is an Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine with clinical and research experience in the Medical Thoracic Oncology Program at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC). He holds a joint appointment at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Salisbury, NC where he is the Chief of the Section on Oncology and Hematology. He serves on the Protocol Review Committee of the WFBCCC and as the Assistant Director of Cancer Health Equity.
His educational and research interest is in cancer disparities. At the VA, he developed a new cancer care model for veterans from rural communities. He received an operational grant from the Office of Rural Health to develop and implement a rural oncology specialty care model. His interest in underserved communities through his work at the Cancer Center involves improving clinical trial accrual for underrepresented minorities and establishing community relationships with underserved populations.
As an academic clinical investigator he conducts phase 1-3 clinical trials in metastatic and locally advanced lung cancer. His personal research focuses on cancer genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics of lung cancer to identify promising biomarkers in clinical specimens including brain metastases from lung cancer patients.