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About Ruth S. Waterman, MD
Ruth Waterman, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist, provides anesthesia for patients undergoing surgical or therapeutic procedures while monitoring the patient's condition and supporting vital organ functions. As an anesthesiologist, she also diagnoses and treats both acute and chronic pain, and provides medical management for patients with critical illnesses and severe injuries.
As chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health, Dr. Waterman oversees clinical care and overall department operations in both La Jolla and Hillcrest.
An associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Waterman instructs medical students, residents, and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Her research interests include the study of stem cells and stem cell-based therapies to help patients with pain. Her pioneering studies with the use of anti-inflammatory stem cells for the treatment of pain have won awards, including the Translational Medicine Research award. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books, including PLOS ONE and Stem Cell Translational Medicine.
Dr. Waterman is the co-founder and CMO of Commence Bio, a company that specializes in next-generation stem cell therapy, cancer immunotherapy, stem cells, and inflammation. She holds a patent in "Germ-Resistant Communication and Data Transfer/Entry Products" that is used in products manufactured by Fellowes, Inc. and by ThyssenKrupp.
She completed a fellowship in anesthesiology at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. She completed her residency at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she was recognized as intern of the year. Dr. Waterman earned her medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and holds a master's degree in biology from the University of New Orleans. She is board certified in anesthesiology.
Dr. Waterman is the recipient of UC San Diego Health's Physician of the Year award and was named a top doctor in the annual San Diego Magazine's "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" annual survey performed in collaboration with the San Diego County Medical Society.
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For more information, see Anesthesiology.
- Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
- Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
- Ochsner Medical Center, Jefferson, LA
- University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Date Joined Staff
- American Board of Anesthesiology