Richard S. Ruiz, MD Papers

Manuscript Collection No. 150


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Repository: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center; 1133 John Freeman Blvd.Houston, Texas 77030-2809.
Creator: Richard S. Ruiz, MD.
Title: Richard S. Ruiz, MD, papers.
Dates: 1925-2007.
Quantity: 2 cubic foot (3 boxes).
Abstract: The Richard S. Ruiz, MD, papers, MS 150, includes materials from 1925 through 2007 related to the Hermann Eye Center. Dr. Ruiz was the Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital as well as the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston. Dr. Ruiz established the Hermann Eye Center, a world class eye care facility which combined the patient care from Hermann Hospital as well as the education and research of the University of Texas Medical School. This collection primarily encompasses the building of the original Hermann Eye Center in 1977 as well as some information about the 1994 renovation of the Hermann Eye Center. Dr. Ruiz donated his collection of journal articles, newspaper articles, business correspondence, photographs, architectural blueprints, and a scrapbook to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research center between March and May 2011. The scrapbook is becoming brittle and many of the pictures are falling off of the leaves. The other materials are in good condition. The collection is 2 cubic feet (three boxes).
Identification: MS 150.
Location: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.
Language: The collection is predominantly in English.

Biographical Notes

“Richard S. Ruiz, MD, established the Hermann Eye Center in 1977. A native Houstonian, Ruiz attended Texas A&M and graduated with an M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1957. During his internship at Hermann Hospital, Ruiz decided to specialize in ophthalmology. He was accepted at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit for a three year residency to train in ophthalmology, and then received a fellowship to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of the Harvard Medical School where he trained under Charles L. Schepens, MD, who is known as the “father” of modern retinal surgery. In July 1962, Ruiz returned home and opened his ophthalmology practice in the Hermann Professional Building. He worked diligently to build his practice and during the next ten years, founded Houston Eye Associates, brought highly trained subspecialists into the partnership, and was appointed Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital. Along with practicing medicine, Ruiz worked to improve the hospital’s training program for new eye doctors.

In 1969, the University of Texas formally announced that it would establish a medical school in the Texas Medical Center, with Hermann Hospital as its primary teaching hospital. When details emerged about plans for Hermann’s new hospital building, a facility that would be interconnected to the Medical School and the hospital’s Robertson Pavilion, Ruiz began to develop an idea to utilize space in the new building to create a world class eye center. His plan would bring together his private ophthalmology practice, Hermann Hospital eye patients, and the teaching and research of the Department of Ophthalmology at the medical school into one endeavor. Ruiz’s appointment as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the new medical school enabled him to take the final steps to create a comprehensive eye center. In time, the Hermann Eye Center became known for excellence in patient care, education, and research in ophthalmology.

Ruiz served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital (later Memorial Hermann – TMC) from 1967 until 2009. He was the founding director of the Hermann Eye Center and the Hermann Eye Fund, and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston for the first thirty-seven years of its history.” (1)

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1. This biographical note is a direct quote from the book cover of: Ruiz, Richard S. and William H. Kellar. Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital and the University of Texas, Houston: A Personal Perspective. N. p. 2010.

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Scope and Content Note

The Richard S. Ruiz, MD, papers, MS 150, includes materials from 1925 through 2007 related to the Hermann Eye Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Ruiz was the Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital who built up and improved the teaching faculty at Hermann Hospital and the one with the vision for the Hermann Eye Center and made it possible. This collection encompasses this period of time in Dr. Ruiz’s career. Dr. Miller donated his collection of journal articles, newspaper articles, business correspondence, photographs, architectural blueprints, and a scrapbook to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center between March and May 2011. The materials are in good condition. The collection is 2 cubic feet (three boxes).

This collection contains two series: I. 1994 Construction of the Hermann Eye Center and II. History of Hermann Hospital.

“Richard S. Ruiz, MD, established the Hermann Eye Center in 1977. A native Houstonian, Ruiz attended Texas A&M and graduated with an M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1957. During his internship at Hermann Hospital, Ruiz decided to specialize in ophthalmology. He was accepted at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit for a three year residency to train in ophthalmology, and then received a fellowship to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of the Harvard Medical School where he trained under Charles L. Schepens, MD, who is known as the “father” of modern retinal surgery. In July 1962, Ruiz returned home and opened his ophthalmology practice in the Hermann Professional Building. He worked diligently to build his practice and during the next ten years, founded Houston Eye Associates, brought highly trained subspecialists into the partnership, and was appointed Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital. Along with practicing medicine, Ruiz worked to improve the hospital’s training program for new eye doctors.

In 1969, the University of Texas formally announced that it would establish a medical school in the Texas Medical Center, with Hermann Hospital as its primary teaching hospital. When details emerged about plans for Hermann’s new hospital building, a facility that would be interconnected to the Medical School and the hospital’s Robertson Pavilion, Ruiz began to develop an idea to utilize space in the new building to create a world class eye center. His plan would bring together his private ophthalmology practice, Hermann Hospital eye patients, and the teaching and research of the Department of Ophthalmology at the medical school into one endeavor. Ruiz’s appointment as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the new medical school enabled him to take the final steps to create a comprehensive eye center. In time, the Hermann Eye Center became known for excellence in patient care, education, and research in ophthalmology.

Ruiz served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital (later Memorial Hermann – TMC) from 1967 until 2009. He was the founding director of the Hermann Eye Center and the Hermann Eye Fund, and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston for the first thirty-seven years of its history.” (1)

The materials in this collection are in good physical condition with some minor tears and the pictures and other objects falling off the scrapbook pages. Dr. Ruiz donated his collection of journal articles, newspaper articles, business correspondence, photographs, architectural blueprints, and a scrapbook to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center. The collection consists of 2 cubic feet (three boxes) and is collection MS 150.

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1. This biographical information is a direct quote from the book cover of: Ruiz, Richard S. and William H. Kellar. Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital and the University of Texas, Houston: A Personal Perspective. N. p. 2010. This book may be found in the archive.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series.

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Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

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Index terms

Ruiz, Richard S.
Hermann Eye Center.
Hermann Hospital.
Houston, Texas.
Ophthalmology.
Architectural drawings.
Books.
Business reports.
Journal articles.
Letters.
Newspaper articles.
Pamphlets.
Photographs.
Physician.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Richard S. Ruiz, MD, papers; MS 150; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Acquition Information

This collection was donated to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center between March and May 2011 by Dr. Richard S. Ruiz.

Processing Information

A disassembled scrapbook came with the materials. The scrapbook pages appeared to be jumbled, and the glue holding photos in place was failing so that photos were lying loose in apparently random order. The processor could not determine the original order of the scrapbook so the individual leaves of the scrapbook were placed in folders to ensure that objects associated with each page would remain with the page. The folders are marked as belonging to the scrapbook. The folders are boxed according to the order in which the leaves appeared in the original scrapbook.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: 1994 Renovation of the Hermann Eye Center; 1992-1994
Scope and Content Note: This series contains the working papers of the renovation of the Hermann Eye Center as well as newspaper articles about the new building and an invitation to the building’s opening.
Box Folder
1 1 Hermann Eye Center Construction Correspondence and Working Papers; 1992-1994.
2 Newspaper Articles; undated.
Box Folder
Map Drawer 11 Architectural Blueprints; 1994.
Series II: History of Hermann Hospital; 1929-2007
Scope and Content Note: This series contains a book about George H. Hermann and the history of Hermann Hospital, an interview with Dr. Ruiz about the Hermann Eye Center History Project, as well as newspaper articles, photographs, journal articles, correspondence, and published hospital reports.
Subseries I: Oral Histories: Richard S. Ruiz; 1987-1988
Scope and Content Note: This subseries contains the transcript from a two day interview of Dr. Richard Ruiz by Louis Marchiafava about his early career and the establishment of the Hermann Eye Center.
Box Folder
1 3 Hermann Eye Center History Interview: Session 1; December 23, 1987.
4 Hermann Eye Center History Interview: Session 2; January 29, 1988.
Subseries II: Photographs; undated
Box Folder
1 5 Photographs; undated.
Subseries III: Hospital Administration; 1948-2004
Scope and Content Note: This subseries contains a list of those medical students completing their residency at Hermann Hospital as well as some business correspondence.
Box Folder
1 6 Ophthalmology Residents; 1948-1973.
7 Correspondence; 1967-2004.
Subseries IV: Publications; 1925-2007
Scope and Content Note: This subseries contains various hospital publications as well as some journal and newspaper articles.
Box Folder
1 8 Pamphlets; 1972-1979, 1997.
9 Published Hospital Reports; 1973-1974.
10 Journal Articles; 1925-1976, 1986.
11 Newspaper Articles: History of Hermann Hospital; 1929, 1976-1977.
Box Folder
2 1 George Hermann and the History of Hermann Hospital, Folder one of two; 1975.
2 George Hermann and the History of Hermann Hospital, Folder two of two; 1975.
3 Hermann Eye Center Views and Visions: Volumes 1-13; 1977-1991.
4 Hermann Eye Center Views and Visions: Volumes 15-26; 1993-2007.
5 Architectural Analysis of Ophthalmology Center; 1974.
Subseries V: Ephemera; December 11, 1977.
Box Folder
2 6 Invitations: View the Hermann Eye Center; December 11, 1977.
Subseries VI: Oversized Materials; undated
Scope and Content Note: This subseries contains leaves from a Hermann Hospital scrapbook as well as some content sheets of the Hermann Hospital construction and the finished revisions.
Box Folder
3 1 Photograph of Hermann Professional Building; 1962.
2 Contact Sheet of Renovated Interior of the Hermann Eye Center; undated.
3 Contact Sheet of Hermann Eye Center Construction; undated.
4 Contact Sheet of Hermann Eye Center Exterior; undated.
5 Loose Photographs from the Scrapbook; undated.