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Jennifer Ruiz
Jennifer Pollard Ruiz Medical Advisory Board at Dotdash Meredith

Jennifer Ruiz is a doctorate holder from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a residency graduate from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in Family Medicine. She has a deep-rooted medical writing skill coupled with extensive knowledge in public health. Upholding a vast professional tenure, she currently serves at three different organizations, Dotdash Meredith, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Crossover Health, since 2022. Besides the established healthcare domain, she is also associated with the Technology, Information, and Internet industry.

Previously, Jennifer worked as the physician-owner at West Holistic Medicine, where she designed, led, and managed an innovative group of physicians and acupuncturists. She developed innovative treatment plans, managed administrative tasks, and focused on wellness and nutrition from 2013 to 2020. Before that, Jennifer served the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá as a Medical Unit Physician, tending to State employees and military personnel. She focused on improving practice strategies, optimizing workflow, and updating medical protocols during her tenure there from 2009 until 2012. Jennifer's passion lies in wellness, emphasizing the integration of narrative medicine and health humanities for improved healthcare quality. She strives to empower healthcare teams and professionals, ensuring optimal care for patients and themselves.

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Full name
Jennifer Pollard Ruiz
Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area
Medical Advisory Board
Dotdash Meredith (since 2022)
Technology, Information and Internet
LinkedIn Connections
I am a primary care physician and medical writer. I believe in incorporating narrative medicine and the health humanities into our education and work as physicians. I have a passion for physician wellness and how narrative medicine and the health humanities can improve health care quality. I continue to seek out transformative work in medicine, writing and teaching that empowers health care workers and teams to care optimally for their patients and themselves.
Medical Writing Public Health


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Doctor of Medicine - MD
Attended in 1994 - 1998
Field of study: Medicine
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Attended in 1998 - 2001
Field of study: Family Medicine Residency Program


Dotdash Meredith
Medical Advisory Board
Feb 2022 - Present
Crossover Health
Austin, Texas, United States
Feb 2022 - Present
American Academy of Family Physicians
Leading in Physician Well-Being Program
Jan 2022 - Present
West Holistic Medicine, PLLC
Austin, Texas
Physician - Owner
Aug 2013 - Dec 2020

Designed, built and led an innovative, integrative group practice that included three physicians and two acupuncturists. Created innovative assessments, treatment plans and patient education materials for the practice with a wellness and nutrition focus. Provided primary care and consults in integrative medicine to adults and adolescents, emphasizing behavioral, nutritional and lifestyle approaches along with conventional treatments. Managed administrative and clinical protocols, electronic medical record system, referrals, staff, and laboratory services.
U.S. Embassy Bogotá
Bogota,D.C., Capital District, Colombia
Medical Unit Physician, U.S. Embassy Bogotá, U.S. Department of State
Mar 2009 - Jul 2012

Delivered primary care, urgent care, medical clearances and travel health care for direct-hire State employees, USAID, PeaceCorps, military personnel, and their families. Developed practice improvement strategies by optimizing workflow and provider availability at predictably busy times. Strategic implementation of protocols to improve obstetric care. Updated Medical Unit-Bogotá’s protocols on hypertension, pre-natal care and cervical cancer screening and developed on-going collaborations with in-country physician specialists and health officials.