Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 67

Dr. Ruskin
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Desert Pain Institute

6309 E Baywood Ave Mesa, AZ 85206

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Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Mesa, AZ and has over 42 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Arizona medical school in 1979. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ruskin to book an appointment.

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Terrible! They are all very incompetent and disorganized. I'll never do business with them. I definitely would not recommend them. They say they will get back with you and they don't. They apparently don't know what they're doing. I wouldn't eve give them one star. Their grade is F-.
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Aug 15, 2020
Let me start by saying how great their entire staff is! Tina, Cherly, Stephanie and the ladies at the front desk are all so helpful and caring, they really try to make you feel welcome and comfortable! Dr Ruskins is absolutely hands down the best Doctor I've ever had he takes the time to listen and seems to genuinely care about his patients. He has excellent bedside manner. I would highly recommend this Desert Pain Institute.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Steph – Jul 29, 2020
Dr. Ruskin is a joke. Doesn't review your file before meeting with you; doesn't remember you from week to week; doesn't care about your pain. He should have his medical license taken away.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
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  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 13, 2020
Poor quality of staff, doctor was immediately dismissive when I stated it was nerve pain. I had been electrocuted several years ago, that's why it continued to hurt and has not stopped hurting. They wanted me to do physical therapy that was excruciatingly painful. I was not asking for some higher dose, same dose for years, but instead of doing the tests I asked, for, Electrocardiograph Monitoring, or sending me to a neurologist have it done, they refused me.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Mike Towner in Apache Junction – Aug 22, 2018
I drive 3 hr. to see Dr Ruskin because he is that GOOD. Desert Pain Institute was recommended by a relative several years ago. His staff from the front office to recovery is outstanding. I don't know what else to say he has done me good.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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4 people found this helpful
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Jim M in Yuma Az. – Jan 13, 2017
A week before Christmas, I contacted Dr. Ruskin's office when my 96 yr old mother was in terrible pain from a fractured vertebra. He went out of his way to get her in, saw her in his office, personally contacted other doctors to coordinate complicated tests she needed, called me at home on Christmas weekend (!) and relieved her pain with a Kyphoplasty the week after Christmas. He was very caring and professional and we could not be more pleased with her care. He and his staff were amazing!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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Relieved Daughter in Mesa, AZ – Jan 11, 2017
After a recent fall resulting in a compression fracture of vertebra, Dr. Ruskin made time for me, helped me evaluate treatment options and expedited required tests, Medicare clearance and did Kyphoplasty just a week after first appointment. Not only is he knowledgeable and skilled; he is also kind and has a sense of humor. It is a pleasure to go to appointments at Desert Pain. The nurses and other staff where procedures are performed are very professional, skilled and friendly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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BWL in Mesa, AZ – Jan 08, 2017
He has managed my back pain for over five years: performed numerous procedures including the placement of cement in two fractured vertebras - seven denervations - many lumbar epidural steroid injections and lumbar medial branch blocks. He counseled against another procedure for a fractured vertebra that was healing satisfactory. He is pleasant and personable; technical and office staff respect him; and, complicated material is presented understandably. I highly recommend Dr Ruskin.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Richard Burda in Mesa, AZ – Dec 16, 2016
Very experienced with pain management. He is very professional and keeps up to date on new pain management treatments. His staff provides excellent medical care. He has treated me since 1997 and every treatment has had excellent results. I strained my back one weekend and was in a a lot of pain. I contacted his office on Monday morning and they made room for me on there schedule to see him and have a procedure by 2:30 P.M. that same day.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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GaryC in Tempe, AZ – Nov 01, 2016
Dr. Ruskin explained everything regarding my treatment options in terms I could understand. I had great relief from the injections he gave me. I would highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Donna Crosse in Gilbert, AZ – Oct 30, 2016
Dr. Ruskin was referred to me from a very close friend of mine. He too had severe back pain for which he had been prescribed pain medication for years. He actually became addicted to them and ended up going to treatment. I do not recall how he heard about Dr. Ruskin but he recommended that I go and see him. I found Dr. Ruskin to be extremely well versed in his field of pain management. He was not like any of the Doctors I had seen in the past, who were always too quick to prescribe pain meds.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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DAN in Phoenix, AZ – Oct 28, 2016
I have been seeing Dr. Ruskin for back and leg pain. He has been able to diagnose the cause of my issue and significantly reduce my pain. He has also referred me to other specialists to help address other issues contributing to my pain. He was very thorough in answering my questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Jo R. in Scottsdale, AZ – Oct 20, 2016
I have seen Dr. Ruskin for years and he has always been very knowledgable and helpful. He took the time to answer my questions and made sure I was comfortable with my plan of care.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Lauren E. in Chandler, AZ – May 26, 2016
Dr. Ruskin is very knowledgeable, professional and personable. He has always explained things to me in a way that I could understand and my calls have always been returned very timely.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Sue B in Phoenix, AZ – May 17, 2016
Very Professional!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Bobbie B in Mesa, AZ – May 13, 2016
I felt rushed thru my appointment, to the point I couldn't ask questions and when I asked to see the doctor I couldn't. He gave me many injections of the years but the last one was the final one. Horrible bedside manner, didn't check on me afterwards in the recovery room.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Mesa, AZ – May 09, 2016
This is my first time asking for help with my back. He ordered x rays, said he would call me with the results. Two weeks later no call. I had to leave a message for him to call me. Not a good first impression. I will be going to a different doctor that keeps his word.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
2 people found this helpful
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Michael in Mesa, AZ – May 05, 2016

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Biography

Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Mesa, AZ and has over 42 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pain Medicine

Education

1991
Med College Of Wisconsin Milwaukee Wi
Fellowship Hospital
1985
Shands Hospital 1600 Southwest Archer Rd Gainesville Fl 32610
Residency Hospital
1980
Tucson Med Center Tucson Az 85733
Internship Hospital
1979
University of Arizona
Medical School
,

Awards

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What are Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Ruskin frequently treats Low Back Pain, Back Pain, and Chronic Neck Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Ruskin treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD's office located?

Dr. Ruskin's office is located at 6309 E Baywood Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Ruskin's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Low Back Pain
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Dr. Ruskin treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Chronic Neck Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Ruskin's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Cancer Pain
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(480) 325-3801

Dr. Ruskin accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna PPO
Choice Plus POS II
Ameriben
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC)
AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
City of Mesa Health Plan
CopperPoint Mutual
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Worker's Compensation WC
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Choice of Arizona
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
Health Net
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Gold
Humana HMO
Humana PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Phoenix Health Plan
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
Self Pay
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
Veteran Administration Plan
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

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Desert Pain Institute

Desert Pain Institute6309 E Baywood Ave Mesa, AZ 85206
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