Jean Marie Ruddy, MD FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery
Associate Program Director, Vascular Integrated Residency
Medical University of South Carolina
Congratulations to Dr. Jean Marie Ruddy! Dr. Ruddy was recently awarded an NIH K08 grant to continue her research, in part, thanks to ACCEL! Dr. Ruddy began her research career studying the biomedical link between hypertension and the occurrence of aortic aneurysms, as part of ACCEL’s Junior Investigator Network (JIN). In 2015, she was awarded a Mentored Research-Development Award (MRDA). This award granted Dr. Ruddy with 6 months of increased research time which enabled her to receive personal assistance in grant writing and spend more time in her lab, productively advancing her research. Based on the data acquired, it established the groundwork for a National presentation and a publication in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
We asked Dr. Ruddy what she felt was the greatest benefit to being a member of ACCEL. She replied “ the primary advantage to being a part of the MRDA program is the buyout of clinicians time.” This extra time gave her the opportunity to receive additional support and to enhance her mentorship.” Dr. Ruddy credits the educational online seminars as being extremely informative along with the one day seminar she attended at the University of Delaware. That seminar focused on communication among researchers, something Dr. Ruddy found helpful in the research process. She also recommends junior investigators to be aggressive when looking for funding opportunities and to apply for as many funding opportunities as you can. She felt that putting her ideas out there, in the form of funding opportunities, gave her the practical skills and experience in grant writing. In this process she received helpful information, in the form of grant reviewer feedback, to help refine her methodology.
Dr. Jean Marie Ruddy is a vascular surgeon with clinical interests in lower extremity venous insufficiency and atherosclerotic disease of the abdominal aorta, carotid artery, and extremity vessels. In addition, Dr. Ruddy dedicates time to scientific research with particular interest in hypertensive vascular remodeling and infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Dr. Ruddy received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and completed her general surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and a vascular surgery fellowship at Emory University.