Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy
Kathleen T. Ruddy, MD, author of The End Of Breast Cancer: A Virus and the Hope for a Vaccine (Skyhorse Publishing) is an internationally recognized breast cancer expert; Founder and Medical Director of the Breast Service at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, New Jersey (1995); Founder and President of Breast Health And Healing, her private practice in New Jersey (1999); Founder and Executive Director of the Breast Health & Healing Foundation (2008); and creator of the ongoing Pink Virus Project (2009). Dr. Ruddy’s commitment to helping women with breast cancer began early in her medical career, when her own mother was diagnosed with the disease. After completing her surgical residency as Chief Resident in 1994, Dr. Ruddy was chosen as the first Fellow on the Breast Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The following year, Cancer Treatment Centers of America recruited her to establish the Breast Service at the Clara Maass Medical Center, where she has since cared for more than 6,000 patients while conducting research and initiating projects that focus on how best to deal with the growing epidemic of breast cancer—by trying to understand its causes, rather than focusing exclusively on its cures, with the goal of preventing the disease.
In addition to her work in the US, Dr. Ruddy set a goal to create an International Breast Service, one that would bring the most innovative breast cancer treatments and prevention modalities to women in emerging countries. In 2006 she was invited by the royal family of Kuwait to create a Breast Service at the Royal Hayat Hospital, and in 2007 she received a WHO grant to begin a mammogram screening program in Uganda. In 2008 Dr. Ruddy earned the first International Masters for Health Leadership at McGill University and established the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, the first and only nonprofit devoted to the discovery of the causes of breast cancer and primary prevention of the disease. Her website, blog, and social networking sites contain cutting-edge findings and up-to-the-minute new data.
In 2009 Dr. Ruddy hosted the first Breast Cancer Summit for the Pink Virus Project on Capitol Hill, a collaborative meeting of scientists and others who are working on the breast cancer virus (the human mammary tumor virus), thought to be involved with 40-75% of all human breast cancer.
In 2010, Dr. Ruddy launched her first smart phone app, Breast Health GPS, which uses GPS technology to locate the nearest certified mammogram screening center anywhere in the country and connects to her website, blog, and social networking sites. The same year she produced a film about the breast cancer virus, It’s Time to Answer the Question. It was nominated Best Film
of the Year by Rethink Breast Cancer, a nonprofit committed to raising breast cancer awareness among people under age forty.
Dr. Ruddy’s most recent smart phone app, Lobby Me Pink, provides contact information for US senators and congresspeople, and allows users to send emails directly to chiefs of staff and health policy advisors for every member on Capitol Hill. Better Homes & Gardens named it one of the six most important innovations in the fight against breast cancer (October 2011).
Dr. Ruddy continues to care for patients in her own private practice, while working tirelessly to grow the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, whose goal is to discover the causes of breast cancer and to use that knowledge to prevent the disease.