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Patient Testimonials

Dear Dr. Ruas,

We wanted to share this photo of a Craniosynostosis patient of yours, now nearly 12 years-old. Over the years, G has preferred a shaggy hairdo that obscures his scar, but recently he joined the Young Marines at his middle school, (a program similar to ROTC), for which he has to keep a close shave on the sides of his head. He has learned to be proud of his scar, and he tells his story to anyone who asks.

A curious thing has happened, though. People mistakenly believe he has had his head shaved on purpose, for design, something called a “hair tattoo,” apparently! If you have not already, you may add a line to your CV’s, amid your already impressive credentials and achievements: “Specialty Barber!”

In all seriousness, we wanted to let you know that we frequently think about you both and we appreciate your combined effort to help G achieve a healthy cranio profile. Your celebrated careers of hard work and application of medicine have changed so many lives. Please count Gordon as one happy success story among the many you have engendered.


The R Family

Dear Dr. Ruas and Staff,

Thank you for the exceptional care and surgery I received.

You are such a talented doctor and your staff is above average. When I first came to see you I was scared and full of anxiety, but from the moment I walked in you and your staff made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I am so glad that I had the procedure done by you and am happy with the results.

Thank you for being there for me.


Dear Dr. Ruas, Cathy and Rosa,

Thank you for being such an important part of Dean’s “journey.” Your kindness, talent and excellent care are appreciated more than you know.


Dear Dr. Ruas, Rosa and Cathy,

We just wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for our Angelina. We are incredibly grateful for all of you. The help and care you have shown us has been truly amazing. May God bless all of you.


A, P, H & JZ

Dear Dr. Ruas,

I hope this card finds you and your family in good health! It has been over 17 years since you operated on my little boy then who was born with fused frontal sutures. I still remember my first visit to your office and the anxiety that came along. Today I want to express my deepest gratitude to you for alleviating a very concerned, young and first time mother. Despite the news of him needing an extensive 6+ hours of surgery somehow my husband and I left the consult feeling strangely serene. I attribute the whole experience to you showing us and our son tremendous kindness and empathy! We had the surgery at Children’s Hospital and stayed at Ronald McDonald house in Spring of 2002. Later that year we relocated for my husband’s job to Arkansas. He was followed up at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock till he turned 5.

Again thanks to your excellent expertise he did not need second surgery. I continually thank God for giving my son a chance at a normal healthy life through your healing hands. Many God continue to bless you with the knowledge, health and compassion to touch many, many more lives through your care! Amen.

I am enclosing a picture of my son. My heart swells with gratitude and happiness to inform you that he graduated at the top of his class and is a first year undergraduate student at Harvard! (There is a running joke in our family that all his smarts are to due to a micro chip implanted by you during surgery :))

Once again as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I could not express my thanks for your kindness shown 17 years ago to my family.


AM & Family

Dr. Ruas,

Thank you for all of your skills and caring during the surgery process. Nate and I appreciate you and your wonderful staff.


Dr. Ruas,

This past week, I took time to think of all the ways God has extended great grace to our family. Your name surfaced to the top of the list. Thank you for the amazing care you have given Maya over these years. God has used your giftings to bless our family and change Maya’s future. Thank you for all you do for Maya and others like her.



Dr. Ruas,

Thank you so much for your exceptional care and support. I’m very pleased with the outcome of my surgery. I cannot thank you enough.



Thank you for being so kind, explaining the procedures to me and for holding my hand while I fell asleep. This means so much to me. Thank you for going above and beyond.



Thank you for your help with my pre-op procedures, appointments, and questions. You are SO kind and patient! I cannot thank you enough.


Dr. Ruas & Cathy

I can’t thank you enough for having the skills to give me what I have only dreamed of for the last 20 years! “No more sad eyes”.

With Sincere gratitude and warmest thanks.


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

It is most evident you love your profession. We are grateful and honored to know you and your team.


Dear Dr. Ruas & Ms. Cathy,

Thank you so much for fixing my cleft lip and palate. You guys have made my face look beautiful and improved my ability to do normal things. Going through that many surgeries was worth it. Every time I look in the mirror and see my cleft scar, I think of you. Thank you for everything you have done for me.


Good Morning Dr. Ruas & Cathy,

Just wanted to reach out and thank you again. My scab fell off on it’s own this Saturday and even though I’m sure the site still needs more time to be completely healed……..I can’t be happier with how it looks. 😊

Thank you, thank you Dr. Ruas! That’s why you are the bomb surgeon. 😉 I appreciate you and Cathy very much.


Every single day I wake up and look in the mirror I think about how happy I am with my decision to get my forehead and nose done, and how happy I picked you and Dr. Ruas to operate on me! I LOVE my results. My experience with you all could not have been better! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you!


There will never be enough words to express the immense gratitude we feel towards you and the way you have impacted our lives. When we first received the diagnosis of Ben’s Cleft, we were full of so many questions and worries for what the future might bring for our son. We are so thankful we heard of you through another mom’s recommendation on the Cleft Mom Support Facebook group. While the surgeries and recoveries were very difficult, you were always very honest, very direct, and always available to answer our questions to help us prepare and and get through them. Ben is now one year old, 6 months post palate repair. His is easy going, happy yet serious, observant, curious, and strong willed. His is the light of our lives and is constantly surprising us with something new. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the time you have spent learning, researching, and continuing to evolve and perfect your skill. We are incredibly grateful for you and all you have done for our son.

With love,
The D. Family


We just wanted to say thank you for all you have done for Maddox (and us) during the last several months. It’s always been “easy” and no pressure or stress from day one with you and Dr. Ruas. We are so grateful for your time (and dedication) to your patients. Thank you for calming my momma nerves and taking such great care of Mad Man❤️.

Dr. Ruas,

From day 1 of meeting you at Maddox’s bedside in the NICU – at 7:30 at night (which meant the world to us) we immediately knew you were put in our path for a reason and instantly felt confident and comfortable. You have always been a much needed calm to our journey with Mad Man. Your humble confidence and calmness have been a few of the things we respect the most about you as a surgeon and person. We can’t thank you enough for what you have done and continue to do for Maddox – you single handily have made such a huge impact on his life.

Maddox has been through so much and to see him calm down and light up when you’re in the room is what every parent hopes for in the chaos of a lifetime of surgeries and procedures for their baby.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are grateful for you.

So very grateful.

Dear Dr. Ruas,

I’m so thankful I chose you as my plastic surgeon. You have been professional yet down to earth, which made me feel very comfortable with you and the whole process. Your knowledge and skills gave me a very refreshed, natural, younger look!. Thanks to Cathy and Rosa for their kindness and outstanding care.


To Dr. Ruas and Staff,

Words don’t seem enough to express how very grateful I am for everything you have done for me. Dr. Ruas, you are a true blessing to this world.

With all my gratitude

Dear Dr. Ruas and Cathy,

I want you to know meeting you has been wonderful, and truly an inspiration. All the great things I heard about you are spot on!

Dr. Ruas & Staff

Thank you for the beautiful flowers! They brightened my day and have helped the healing process. You all have taken such good care of me. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Thank You! My best to you.


Thank you so much for all your personal care with my mom. She is so happy with the result cosmetically and as you know it was really done more for hygiene. Your office staff were also so sweet to her so please send my thanks to them as well!


Dear Dr. Ruas

As a Mom, I am grateful to you and your entire team for the great care you provided M.

Kindest Regards

Thank you so much for everything! I’m so happy to have a fresh start for college. Also, thank you for the flowers, they’re beautiful!


Doc You’re the Man!!

Thanking you and your amazing office team for excellent care and an outstanding procedure!


Dear Dr. Ruas & Cathy,

Thank you for taking such good care of me during my recent surgery. Giving and healing are a powerful combination. I feel blessed to be the recipient of generosity that heals.

With much Appreciation,

Dear Dr. Ruas, Cathy & Rosa,

What a surprise today to receive a lovely bouquet of flowers from my Doctor!
I should be thanking you for all you do for me!
I truly appreciate all the T.L.C. you give to me
Thanks so much!

I will never forget your kindness

Dr. Ruas and Staff,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for helping me and caring for me during my surgery.

I feel much better and happier. May God bless all of you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Affectionately yours,

Dear Dr. Ruas, Cathy and Rosa,

A very special thank you for the beautiful bouquet of fall flowers. They definitely brightened my home-bound period.

From my first encounter in your office I truly felt you understood my goals and I was definitely in the right place. As days pass and the healing continues, I’m certain that my expectations will be achieved. Thank you all for the exceptional care.


I can’t believe the vast differences in my before and after. I am really happy that I waited a year in between the before and after… because the “new” me slowly became “me” and I grew accustomed to the “new” me. But seeing the “old” me today in the pictures, compared today to the “new” me was just plain incredible.

Dr. Ruas is truly the “Leonardo da Vinci” of the 20th century!! I am so so happy…. and I feel “cute” again!! Yes, you can feel cute at 66!!

I have and will continue to send my friends or anyone that I come into contact with.

Dear Dr. Ruas,

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers! They made my house smell like roses and put a big smile on my face.

It’s been a long and tough 19 years. Thank you for taking care of me. I wouldn’t be where I am without you.

Love your number one tough cookie.

Dr. Ruas

You can’t imagine how much I would like to express all the thoughts that crossed my mind after meeting you and following my recent surgery. I want to express my deepest gratitude for the generosity you have shown, not only with me, but throughout your career.

The surgery you performed on me is the product of extraordinary artistic talent, your vast medical knowledge, and especially the love you put into your work. I have come to the conclusion that all the blessings the creator has given you, have come down through generations, but specifically because you were born in the blessed home of your parents, whom I have the pleasure of knowing.


I can tell a huge difference in my eyes and forehead! Thank you so much.

BEST BOTOX EVER!!! J thanks! Looks great!!

Dr. Ruas,

It’s about time another award goes onto your wall!

Many compliments to you for being one of the Top Doctors in our region.

Best Wishes,

Dear Cathy,

Thank you for all your help during this whole procedure. It was comforting to have a woman examiner, in the beginning, when we didn’t even have a surgery date. You have helped boost my confidence, and I appreciate all your input and assistance; especially with pulling out those nasty drains! I’m glad you were involved, and couldn’t be happier with my results!


Dr. Dr. Ruas,

Had to let you know how very pleased I am after having the fillers. To say I was surprised would certainly be an understatement. I’m thinking your talents may be endless!. I absolutely love the results. Thanks for all you do and for making me look the best that I can as time goes by.


Dear Dr Ruas and Team

Thank you so much for the sincere care and meticulous work that went into my surgery. I am incredibly thankful. This “makeover” will truly boost my confidence about my body and it is such a blessing. Thank you so much again!

PS Happy Holidays

S. L.

Good morning Dr. Ruas:

I read today in the Palm Beach Post a story about a toddler who fell Friday from a balcony on a cruise ship who was flown to Tampa for face injury and thought of you. It brought back vivid memories of you operating on my daughter, when she was also a toddler and had been kicked by a horse. Some of it was a blur and yet other things I remember so vividly.

Anyway, I am writing to say you are awesome and we are all grateful you came into our lives when you did and how wonderful the people were to us at the Ronald McDonald House where we stayed.

My new husband and I are translating his friend’s book about euthanasia from French to English and maybe then Spanish and it is very interesting. His friend is a doctor in Belgian and his book will be on the market in October. I have also read you are helping many children from other countries get medical care. That is so awesome as we here in Panama, where we have built and organic farm, have been gathering prosthesis for the handicapped people that are less fortunate are in need.

Anyway, I wanted to write to say thank you once again for what you did for my daughter.


Again I find myself indebted to you for your skills and talents in my nose repair. It is so refreshing to be able to sleep without the frightening awakening of severe dry mouth and the subsequent panic attacks. I can now manage with a simple sleeping aide without the use of heavy anti-anxiety drugs. Yeah!

As always you and your office staff excel in your kindness and professionalism.

Always grateful!

Again I write to you for your “talents and gifts” executed on my nose. My friends marvel at the results as do I both for this recent “easy one” and the continuation of the right side.

Your kindness and concern tempered with your honesty and humor are so appreciated. It makes the process so much more bearable as I deal better with the known than the unknown.

I am so blessed to be in your hands.

With deepest gratitude

When I first came to your office, I felt like I finally found someone who could give me hope in what had been a very long difficult struggle. I came to you with many facial difficulties. I had been to many doctors, but no one knew what to do until I met you, Dr. Ruas.

You took it all in stride and rose to the challenge. In one procedure you apologized for keeping me asleep for an extra 45 minutes while someone ran to get the equipment to make sure the cheek bones were exactly the right dimensions. But with each surgery things were made “right” as they possibly could and the change was phenomenal.

After being out yet again from work I came walking in with a new pair of “Hollywood” style sunglasses with only the new nose and cheek bones peeking out. I wish you had been there to hear all the gasps and wows that I received. My co-workers had to do a double take and said “I did not recognize you Kim! Wow, what a difference!”

Thank you so much for all you did. My life has truly been changed for the better.

Words are inadequate to express my gratitude for the care you have given me over the past two months. At our first consultation, I was impressed and reassured with your frankness in addressing my cancer and reconstruction. You teamwork with Dr. Pavlidakey has been most appreciated and comforting knowing we are all on the same page.

Throughout this process I have been more than pleased with your attention, your skill and yes your “genius”. My friends who have walked with me through the aftermath of my last surgery are in awe of where I am now as compared to where I was then. I, too, am in awe.

The time you have spent answering my endless questions and your concern and caring have been most supportive. I have felt your passion for what you do and have been a beneficiary of it as well as your dedication to your profession.

I feel very blessed to have you as my doctor in this chapter making what could have been a turbulent journey smooth and peaceful.

Most Sincerely,

What you have done for Xayvion is truly amazing! I just can’t thank you enough. We appreciate your skill, talent and compassion.


Your talented and skillful hands are a gift from God, and you use this gift to create new lives and self- confidence for everyone you touch. G is blessed to have found you because I see a new attitude mixed with high spirits and a smile on his face every day. Your parents must be very proud of your humanitarian and charitable gifts you give so freely to others. Bless you and your family! Many thanks.


We can’t thank you enough for all you have done for Brody. Our lives would be much different if we had not met you. You gave our son the ability to breathe on his own, you fixed his forked tongue and created a palate for him. We will also never forget the day we almost lost Brody, you stepped in just at the right moment, pulled his tongue aside and saved him. There is no way we could ever say thank you enough. We are forever grateful.


We would like to thank you and your staff for all that you have done for Angelica over the years. You and your staff are the greatest people we know of, you always treated my daughter with respect and treated her like she was family; also all the while making sure that I had all the information that was needed for her treatments. It is our greatest wish that you and your staff have the Best Holiday and a Wonderful New Year…

Thank you so much, with all our gratitude.

We can’t thank you enough for the excellent job you did with Sally’s lip repair! She looks amazing! You are the smartest and kindest doctor I have ever met! You are in our thankful prayers! Thank you so much for taking such good care of her!

Many Thanks!

Thank you so very much for your compassionate care of our sweet John. He is a happy, beautiful three-year old! We are grateful to have found you, Dr. Ruas!


Please tell Dr. Ruas as one of my favorite doctors and after having him do
my facelift over 17 years ago, I am now just having a neck lift. The doctors
here in Newport News, Virginia cannot believe its been 17 years..and how
good i look. Yahoo and kudos to Dr. Ruas!!!! Please tell him I miss him
and Thank you for such a great job.. Wish I lived closer ..


Thank you so much for taking such good care of Sally! Her lip looks amazing. She has a beautiful smile that lights up the room! We are so grateful for the surgery you performed. We really just think you are the best doctor ever! We appreciate all the time and care you took with us!

B & L

Dear Dr. Ruas, Cathy, Rosa, and team,

We wanted to thank you for the time spent with us last Wednesday for the prenatal cleft consult. It meant so much and changed our outlook greatly. We look forward to his birth knowing that we are in good hands.

Thank you

Dear Dr. Ruas and Team,
Thank you so much for the sincere care and meticulous work that went into my surgery. I am incredibily thankful! This “makeover” will truly boost my confidence about my body and it is such a blessing. Thank you so much again!

P.S. Happy Holidays!


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