Gregory Ruff, M.D., 2008 KSPS Visiting Professor


Gregory Ruff, M.D. received his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. He then completed his residency in general surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, plastic surgery residency at Duke University, and a craniofacial fellowship at NYU.

Following his training, Dr Ruff joined the faculty at Duke, where he established the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Service and was director of the Cleft Palate Board. He taught for 16 years and was an innovator in craniofacial procedures. He published and lectured extensively on maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery during that time.

Dr. Ruff is currently in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC.  In the early 1990s, Dr Ruff invented barbed sutures, now named Contour Threads.  This suture is the only one of its kind to gain FDA approval, and many medical professionals predict that it may change the future of plastic surgery.  

Dr. Gregory Ruff with KSPS president Dr. Mark Salzman, Dr. Henry Vasconez, and Dr. Brian Thornton