The Society of Thoracic Surgeons presented the Legislator of the Year Award to Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-CA), during a ceremony at the 2023 STS Advocacy Conference on October 17 in Washington, DC. The congressman was honored for his leadership on numerous policies impacting cardiothoracic surgeons and the physician community at large.
“As an emergency physician, Rep. Ruiz understands the issues facing physicians and their patients. He works tirelessly on behalf of the community to address these issues head-on,” said Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD, STS President. “He has championed improvements to stabilize Medicare physician payments through an annual inflationary update. He also has played a key role in reducing physician burnout and maintaining an appropriate balance of power during insurance negotiations over billing disputes. STS is incredibly proud to be represented in Congress by a physician leader like Dr. Ruiz.”