Dr. Ruff brings over 27 years of surgical experience and gifts for art and innovation to your evaluation and treatment. Dr. Ruff grew up in Michigan and loved to play outdoors. His interest in nature flourished with the Boy Scouts and later when he majored in zoology at the University of Michigan.
At age 20, he entered Michigan’s Medical school. Based on his research in cardiovascular physiology, he strongly considered training in heart surgery. However the allure of plastic surgery, with its emphasis on beauty as well as function, proved irresistible.
He first did his general surgery residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After finishing a plastic surgery residency at Duke University, Dr. Ruff was offered a craniofacial fellowship at New York University. He accepted a faculty position at Duke University in 1986.
As a professor of plastic surgery at Duke, he performed thousands of cosmetic, craniofacial, and pediatric plastic surgery cases. He developed innovative techniques and lectured and published on different types of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. He established the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Team and directed the Cleft Palate Board.
In 1991, Dr. Ruff invented barbed sutures. He formed a company, Quill Medical, to develop these sutures for use in aesthetic and general surgery. Dr. Ruff’s device was the first barbed suture to gain FDA approval. Known as the Contour Thread, it is used to lift the face and neck. His second barbed suture, the Quill, is approved by the FDA to close wounds without the need for conventional surgical knots. Surgeons worldwide now use these throughout the body.
In 2002, Dr. Ruff opened his private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His clinic there features his art as well as his compassionate, comprehensive care for aesthetic patients.