Dr. Patrick Ruwe, MD

Dr. Patrick Ruwe, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 56
Dr. Patrick Ruwe, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Branford, CT and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from Yale University in 1987 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

84 N Main St

Branford, CT 06405

Contact Information

(203) 407-3534

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
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Top Care Areas

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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 96% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Ruwe's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ruwe "Patrick A. Ruwe, M.D. joined Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C. in July, 1999, with expertise in Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Knee Surgery. From 1993 to 1999, Dr. Ruwe was an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine and an Associate at the Yale Sports Medicine Center on Long Wharf in New Haven. While at Yale, Dr. Ruwe was the Co-Director of the Yale Shoulder Center and an Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Yale University Athletic Programs. Dr. Ruwe received a B.S. in Environmental Biology at Yale College where he was a three year starter on the varsity football team under legendary coach Carm Cozza and a heavyweight wrestling letterman. He was elected by his teammates the 106th Yale Football Captain in 1982 and was selected an Academic All-American. Dr. Ruwe graduated cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital winning multiple awards for his research. Dr. Ruwe completed a fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles where he was involved in the care of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, Rams, Angels and Dodgers. He continued to consult with the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Club after graduation. Dr. Ruwe is the author of an extensive collection of scientific articles and four book chapters. His research has included studies on shoulder function in swimmers, post operative pain management in knee arthroscopy and the use of MRI to detect sports injuries. He has presented his work nationally and internationally. Dr. Ruwe's history includes membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the National Orthopaedic Educational Society, the American Medical Association, The Connecticut Medical Society, the New Haven County Medical Society, and the Yale Orthopaedic Association. He currently serves as the President of the National Orthopaedic Educational Society. Dr. Ruwe remains active at Yale University where he has served as the Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Bulldogs and Head Orthopedic Consultant at Yale Health Plan. He is the long serving President of the Yale Football Association. He has also served as the Chair of the Blue Leadership Ball at Yale, and on numerous search committees and honors committees at Yale. He is the vice president of the Yale Sports Federation. Dr. Ruwe is the President of Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialist, the largest private orthopedic practice in New England and is Medical Director of the COS Surgical Center in Branford. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery with an added Certificate of Qualification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Frank H Netter MD Medical School at Quinnipiac University. For his many leadership roles, Dr. Ruwe was awarded the prestigious George H W Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award by Yale University in 2015. Dr. Ruwe lives with his wife Stacy and their three children in Branford, CT. His interests include his family, golf, travel, and fishing. He has been an orthopedic consultant to USC Men's Volleyball, SCSU Football, Branford Little League, Guilford High School, Foran and Jonathan Law High School, Laurelton Hall, The New Haven Beast Hockey Club, The Connecticut Wolves Junior Hockey Club, and the Special Olympics World Games. He currently sees patients in Wallingford, Guilford, Orange, Branford and Hamden."


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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

45  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture


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10  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Connecticut.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Yale University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Yale University
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Yale
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Yale
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Kerlan Jobe Orth Clin
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ruwe has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ruwe's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ruwe to family and friends
33 total reviews (17 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (33)

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Dr. Ruwe's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (17)

Dr. Ruwe is the most timely doctor I have ever seen- I have never had to wait for an appointment! He spent time answering all of my questions and repeating himself when I didn't understand at first. Dr. Ruwe made sure that I left my appointment with a thorough understanding of my condition. Would...more
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Dr ruwe debrided a torn meniscus In my knee, which was unsuccessfull, using an outdated recnique, and causing infection Which he blamed on me.Went elsewhere for knee replacement
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Dr. Ruwe is the best! His professionalism, thoroughness and communication skills are second to none. Has done surgery on both of my sons knees. Dr. Ruwe and his office helped both of them heal quickly and completely. We would recommend him highly.
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Dr Ruwe operated on our son last summer to repair a torn ACL. Flawless. From his office staff to surgicenter nurses, everyone was exceptionally professional. Dr Ruwe is as skilled as he is compassionate and we recommend him without reservation. Great experience and outcome for our son.
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Dr.Ruwe operated on one knee a few years ago; not a good experience. If you are an educated consumer and have questions, stay away. He doesn't like to answer questions (he is the Dr., you are the uneducated patient kind of attitude), and he is extremely rigid as to his post-op pain protocol (I had...more
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