Xiulu Ruan, MD, a fellowship trained physician, has broken his own world record of having 7 medical board/subspecialty board certifications; on March 10, 2013, Dr. Ruan passed his 8th Medical Board Certification Exam, the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and thus has achieved 8 medical board/subspecialty board certifications in the United States, setting a new world record for the most medical board certifications.
The Guinness world record for the Medical families - most generations was set by The Barcia family of Valencia, Spain, who have had the same medical practice for seven generations since 1792.
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Dr. Xiulu Ruan attended the Shandong Medical University (formerly Medical School of QiLu University), from 1982 to 1988. He came to US in 1989, attended graduate school at LSU, Baton Rouge and received his Master of Natural Sciences in 1993.
"To me, the practice of medicine is not just a profession, but a life-long commitment that calls for dedication to excellence. This dedication has led me to pursue an added measure of expertise via board certifications," Dr. Ruan said.
His formal medical training in the US includes an internship in the Department of Medicine, Worcester Medical Center, Worcester, MA; Residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI; Clinical Interventional Pain Management Fellowship training in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI.
Ruan was fortunate to be the 1st non-anesthesiology physician recruited as a Clinical Interventional Pain Fellow by the Department of Anesthesiology of University of Michigan Medical Center.
Dr. Xiulu Ruan has achieved total of 8 medical board/subspecialty board certifications in the United States:
1. Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine;
2. Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation;
3. Diplomate, American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians;
4. Diplomate, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine;
5. Diplomate, American Board of Addiction Medicine;
6. Diplomate, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
7. Diplomate, Subspecialty of Pain Medicine by American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation;
8. Diplomate, Subspecialty of Neuromuscular Medicine by American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Dr. Ruan has also achieved the status of Fellow, Interventional Pain Practice, by the World Institute of Pain since 2006.
Board certification is the process by which a physician (M.D. or D.O.), dentist (DDS or DMD), pharmacist (Pharm.D.), or podiatrist (DPM) in the United States demonstrates through either written, practical, and/or simulator based testing, a mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define an area of medical specialization.
Physicians seeking board certification in a given area of specialty must successfully complete and pass an examination process designed to test their mastery of the minimum knowledge and skills contained in the core competency document.
Prior to taking the examination, a physician must graduate with a degree, either MD or DO, and meet all other prerequisites to certification as set out by the certifying agency or "board."
"My career goal is to become that physician, in the history of United States, who has achieved the most medical board/sub-specialty board certifications of all time; and be able to translate what I have learned into best patient care," Dr. Xiulu Ruan said.