Lawrenceville, NJ – Ruth Schulze, M.D. was installed as the 221st president of the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) at its annual meeting held in May. She is the fourth woman to hold the title of MSNJ president since the organization was established in 1766. She joined the MSNJ Board of Trustees in 2004 and has served six years as secretary followed by vice-president and president-elect positions. She is a past officer and president of the Bergen County Medical Society.
Dr. Schulze practices at Women’s Total Health of Woodcliff Lake with Dr. Gail Sobel. Her gynecology practice focuses on adolescent, perimenopausal and senior women’s health and surgical needs. In addition, Dr. Schulze serves as the director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department for Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. She was the first female president of the medical staff at Valley Hospital from 2010-2012.
During her inaugural speech, Dr. Schulze presented a number of initiatives for her term, focusing on expanding membership to include physicians from all types of practice and employment settings, as well as representation from all subspecialty organizations. Dr. Schulze is particularly interested in partnering with physicians in training along with community groups and business organizations to encourage healthcare forums or town hall type discussions to focus needed healthcare changes on quality medicine and patient safety.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, ‘Nothing worthwhile in life is accomplished without passion,’” said Schulze. “I am passionate about medicine and I am passionate about the Medical Society of New Jersey. With all of us working together, I firmly believe we are ready to create a new revitalized MSNJ speaking as the united voice of medicine.”
Dr. Schulze, a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY summa cum laude with a BS in Biology. She earned her medical school degree at SUNY Stony Brook and completed her residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She has been married for 30 years to her college sweetheart and they are the proud parents of three daughters.
“Ruth’s passion and commitment to organized medicine and her vision for her term as president of MSNJ will result in new initiatives and an energized and diverse membership base,” said Larry Downs, CEO of MSNJ. “We welcome her as president and look forward to putting into action MSNJ’s aggressive agenda to improve healthcare in New Jersey.”
Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. MSNJ has a mission to promote the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practitioners of medicine. MSNJ represents all medical disciplines and serves as an advocate for patient and physician rights. Its members are dedicated to ensuring delivery of the highest quality medical care throughout New Jersey.
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