Headshot of Dr. Ruffin.

About Dr. Ruffin:

Dr. Ruffin is uniquely equipped with the skills and experience necessary to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. He aspired to become a surgeon when universities actively discouraged d/Deaf people from pursuing medical careers. He is passionate about using his journey as a deaf patient, surgeon, auditory neuroscientist, and hearing technology innovator to help others succeed with hearing loss.

He is board certified and recieved surgical training at Indiana University, one of the most rigorous otolaryngology residency programs. He has received research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the National Institutes of Health. He has published in multiple journals and his advocacy efforts were recognized by Science. At the American Academy of Achievement, he shared the challenges of hearing loss with heads of state and other luminaries. He has also shared his insights at the Exponential Medicine Conference hosted by Singularity University.

Dr. Ruffin delivers the keynote for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education.

Dr. Ruffin delivers the keynote for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education.

Dr. Ruffin is committed to improving the achievement of d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. His teams innovate in three independent spaces:

  • Academic research with RuffLab at Indiana University and with the University of Washington

  • 3Cairns, a technology and advocacy start-up in Portland, Oregon