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Ruben Diaz, MD

Interventional Pain Management | Physiatry

Dr. Diaz is an established and highly skilled physician with over 25 years of experience in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he attended medical school. Dr. Diaz has taught for 3 different Medical schools including 7 years for the Emory University PM&R Department where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2004. He lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife of 28 years and two sons. During his 20 years living in Lawrenceville he has been deeply involved in the community from helping coach little league to supporting all public schools in various ways.

During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys different activities including Track and Field, Tae Kwon Do and Scuba Diving. He is also a certified judge for BBQ competitions.

Professional Qualifications (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Education

  • Albany Medical Center Hospital- PM&R Specialty-7/92-6/95
  • Albany Medical Center Hospital- Internship-7/91-6/92
  • Universidad Central Del Caribe (School of Medicine) – Degree M.D-7/87-6/91
  • Interamerican University of PR- BS (Biology) – 7/82-6/87
  • Rice University- 1980-1982
  • 5 Years working and learning from renowned Spine Interventionalist (SIS Instructor) (2000-2005)

Professional Memberships

  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS) Member
  • Diplomate of the American Board of PM&R.
  • Fellow Member of the American Academy of PM&R.
  • Ex Fellow Member of PASSOR (Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational
    Rehabilitation)
  • National Fibromyalgia Association
  • Member Southeastern Biological Safety Association (SEBSA).
  • Member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairperson for the Amputee Clinic, Atlanta VAMC
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee member for Extended Care/Geriatrics Service Line,
    Atlanta VAMC.
  • Chairperson for the HISA Committee, Atlanta VAMC.
  • Major Medical and Special Equipment (MMSEC) Committee, Atlanta VAMC.
  • VAMC/VISN 7 Artificial Limb PCM work group.
  • Preservation-Amputation Care and Treatment Program Member (PACT), Atlanta VAMC.
  • Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.
  • Professional Standards Board, Atlanta VAMC
  • Medical Record Review for G&EC, Atlanta VAMC
  • Acting Chief of PM&R Dept., Atlanta VAMC when our Chief is absent.
  • Evaluation and approval of P.T. and O.T. Home Health Program., Atlanta VAMC
  • Consult Screener to PM&R Dept., Atlanta VAMC
  • Member of the American Pain Society.
  • PM&R Pain Team Chairperson, Atlanta VAMC.
  • Member of the Pain Initiative Group, Atlanta VAMC
  • Member of the Chronic Pain Subcommittee, Atlanta VAMC.
  • Reviewer for grant related to Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (Acupuncture
    Research).
  • Assisting Assistant District Attorney in case vs. VAMC.
  • Peer Reviews in Tort Claims against VAMC Physicians.
  • Peer Reviews within the Atlanta VAMC (Pain cases).
  • San Juan VAMC Assistant Chief of PM&R (6-23-98 to 1-16-00).
  • Assistant Professor of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee member, San Juan VAMC.
  • Ad-Hoc Committee Chronic Non Malignant Pain Guidelines, San Juan VAMC.
  • Physical Standards Board of the San Juan VAMC.
  • CARF task group: Information and Outcome Analysis, San Juan VAMC.
  • Team Leader for the PAT on Waiting Time for New Patient Clinic.
  • Team Leader for the Cardiac Rehab. Program at the San Juan VAMC.
  • Team Leader for the Project Action Team for Long Term Care at the San Juan VAMC.
  • Member of the CPRS Implementation Committee at the San Juan VAMC.
  • Medical team member of the 19th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
  • Computerized Patient Record System Super-Users, San Juan VAMC.
  • Major Medical Equipment Committee, San Juan VAMC.
  • Student Council Member: Universidad Central del Caribe Medical School, Bayamon, PR.
    1989-1991. School of Medicine Rules Committee.

Honors & Awards

  • Robert L. Bennet M.D. Award / Emory PM&R Department Teacher of the Year Award -Emory
    PM&R Dept.
  • House of representatives of Georgia- Resolution of recognition and commendation Feb 2018
  • Georgia Secretary of State-Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award 2015
  • Outstanding Performance Award -by Atlanta VAMC’s Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation
    Service Line.
  • Special Recognition Award-Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Certificate of Recognition- Emory School of Medicine
  • Lawrenceville non-surgical orthopedic care
  • Magna Cum Laude: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metro area.
  • Dean’s List (3 years): Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metro area.
  • Biology Honor Society: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metro area.

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