Despite Dr. Todd Ruk’s claim that he’s “a pretty simple guy,” you wouldn’t know it from looking at his bio. In addition to his professional bona fides, he enjoys a host of interests, from sports to travel. Here are his highlights of both work and play.
That spot, bump or lump you notice on your arm, leg, face or other part of your body may be more serious than a superficial “age spot” or mole. It could be a sign of melanoma. Any type of new skin growth or discoloration should be checked by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as it is noticed.
Dr. Peter Beitsch is a privately practicing Dallas oncology surgeon who specializes in treating skin and breast cancer. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, and attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Among other accolades, Dr. Beitsch has received the Department of General Surgery Scholastic Award three times, as well as the “Caring Spirit” award from the American Cancer Society.
It’s a natural instinct to break a fall with an outstretched hand, which is why wrist sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. When you break a fall with your hand and wrist, the weight of your body forces the wrist back toward your forearm, stretching the ligaments that connect the wrist and hand. A wrist sprain can range in severity from a tiny tear to a total break of the ligament.
Frederick J. Duffy, Jr., MD, specializes in breast reconstruction and is one of the founding partners of North Central Surgical Center. Dr. Duffy has been in practice since 1997, and received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College. Dr. Duffy went on to receive his medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Have you ever wondered about those funny-looking almost-socks you see people wearing in the gym? You know, the kind that start above the ankle and end below the knee? They’re known as compression wear, and they are designed to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury during exercise.
With summer in full swing, everyone is flocking to beaches, lakes, water parks and other outdoor venues to enjoy this warm, relaxing time of year. However, increased time in the sun leads to increased exposure to harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer.
Widely known and respected for the creating modular replacement for the shoulder, Dr. Wayne Burkhead, MD has been a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas, TX since 1983. As the author of scientific articles, book chapters and textbooks on the subject of the rotator cuff and dislocating shoulder, Dr. Burkhead has lectured at both national and international conferences and holds numerous awards and accolades for his work. Most recently named the President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Dr. Burkhead is considered an expert in the field and is esteemed amongst his peers.
Dr. Kurt Kitziger moved to Dallas amid unforeseen circumstances. Originally from New Orleans, he ran a thriving orthopaedic practice in his hometown, following in the footsteps of his father, a well-known orthopaedist. When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, he was forced to move his family and his practice and ended up in Dallas, a move that wasn’t easy for the surgeon. He has since established himself and become a key member of the North Central Surgical Center team.