Ruff Family Establishes Wound Healing Chair


Dallas businessman Arthur L. Ruff was proud of his military service in Vietnam and admired the honorable men who served alongside him.

This dedication, coupled with his concern for the care of wounded soldiers returning from battle, has spurred a $1 million gift from his widow, Suzy, to support wound-healing research at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The gift to Southwestern Medical Foundation through the Communities Foundation of Texas will create a fund to establish the Arthur L. Ruff Family Wound Healing Distinguished Chair in the Department of Plastic Surgery.

The full article can be found here at Dallas Morning News.

“Art achieved many wonderful things in his life, often shaped by his war experience. He recognized what a long, difficult road some returning soldiers had to travel, particularly with long, painful recoveries.” – Suzie Ruff

“This is a wonderful gift, which will allow us to delve deeper into novel ways of dressing wounds, improving healing times and preventing the sometimes dire complications that come with traumatic injury,” said Dr. Spencer A Brown, assistant professor of plastic surgeon and director of research. “Suzy Ruff understand the challenges faced when treating these wounds, and she has a great appreciation of the importance of translational research.”

“The department is deeply humbled and honored to have this gift bestowed by the Ruff family in memory of Art Ruff. Suzy Ruff has always been a tremendous supporter of UT Southwestern Medical Center”, said Dr. Rohrich.

“With the bestowment of this new fund to establish the Arthur L. Ruff Family Wound Healing Distinguished Chair, our department can continually expand our wound healing research and help patients for generations to come. We sincerely thank Suzy Ruff for her insight and heartfelt contribution on behalf of her late husband, Arthur Ruff.”