Dr. Richard Ruskin


Dr. Ruskin moved with his family to Tempe in 1963 due to his mother's severe asthma. He attended our Lady of Mount Carmel Grade School and St. Mary's High School.

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in biology, he attended medical school at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, obtaining his M.D. in 1979. Dr. Ruskin did a residency in internal medicine in Tucson. He then went on to the University of Florida where he completed a second residency, in anesthesiology.

Dr. Ruskin returned to Arizona in 1985, where he began to practice of surgical and obstetrical anesthesiology at the old Mesa Lutheran Hospital. It was there that he also found the opportunity to practice outside of the operating room and labor and delivery settings, treating acute and chronic pain. He began to apply the training and experience he had learned in the fields of internal medicine and anesthesiology to patients suffering with pain--with effective and gratifying results. Realizing a need for compassionate and scientifically-based treatment of pain, Dr. Ruskin took a sabbatical from private practice to do a Pain Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1991. He then returned to Mesa, where he has continued to specialize in pain medicine. These efforts culminated in the opening of Desert Pain Institute in 2002. Dr. Ruskin and Dr. Boyd are two of the founding members of the clinic.

Dr. Ruskin especially appreciates the long-standing relationships he has developed with many of his patients, staff, two partners and other members of the health care community.

When not at work, Dr. Ruskin enjoys golf, fly-fishing, D-backs baseball, Wildcat basketball, and cooking as well as spending time with his wife Helen, two married children, and 3 rescue dogs.