Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD


Pain Medicine | Male

Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD
Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD is a pain medicine doctor who practices in Mesa, AZ. He is 63 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Ruskin is affiliated with Dignity Health - Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

Learn about this doctor

Dr. Ruskin's Experience

Experience Match

See how Dr. Ruskin's experience matches your preferences.


For the best healthcare for your needs, choose a doctor who specializes in your medical condition.

Conditions Treated

Check to see that this provider treats your medical condition.

Procedures Performed

Check to see that this provider performs the procedure that you need.

Background Check

Check to see if your provider has any malpractices, board actions, or sanctions.


Learn more about where this provider went to medical school, residency, and more.

Languages Spoken

Check to see what languages this provider and/or staff speak.

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

View memberships and affiliations associated with this provider.

Visiting Dr. Ruskin

Dr. Ruskin accepts 18 insurance carriers

Dr. Ruskin is now accepting new patients

Affiliated Hospitals

Hospital Quality
Check out the quality of care at the 1 hospitals where Dr. Ruskin has admitting privileges.

Dr. Ruskin's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ruskin to family and friends
based on 27 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Ruskin'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 (13)
in Yuma Az. |
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.
in Mesa, AZ |
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!
in Mesa, AZ |
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.
in Mesa, AZ |
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.
in Tempe, AZ |
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.
in Gilbert, AZ |
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.
in Phoenix, AZ |
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.
in Scottsdale, AZ |
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.
in Chandler, AZ |
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.
in Phoenix, AZ |
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.
in Mesa, AZ |
Very Professional!
Mesa, AZ |
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.
in Mesa, AZ |
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.
Have you seen Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD?
Are you Dr. Ruskin?
Make it easy for patients to share their feedback. Also manage your personalized profile!

Compare Dr. Ruskin

Compare this Doctor
View other doctors with similar experience to find the right doctor for you.
View all 10 matches

Dr. Ruskin's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  Malpractice claims in Arizona not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Background Check

  • n/a
    Malpractice Claims not available

    Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arizona.

    What is medical malpractice
  • 0

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

    What is a sanction or disciplinary action
  • 0
    Board Actions

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

    What are board actions

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Medical School
    University Of Arizona-Medical Campus

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Tucson Med Center Tucson Az 85733

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Shands Hospital 1600 Southwest Archer Rd Gainesville Fl 32610

    Completed in 1985

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Med College Of Wisconsin Milwaukee Wi

    Completed in 1991

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

Dr. Ruskin does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Ruskin and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your free profile.


  • Pain Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Intrathecal Drug Delivery System Insertion
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Block
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vertebroplasty