Dr. Naykala A. Ruse

A dedicated, hard working Internal Medicine (IM) physician recognized for leadership skills and solid knowledge base. Served as Chief of Internal Medicine at two military bases, despite being the lowest ranking physician at the time. Handpicked by two Chiefs of Medical Staff to perform multiple medical chart reviews to ensure standard of care was met in controversial cases. Articulate physician voicing IM concerns at highest levels of administration on several hospital committees. Triple Board-Certified physician: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Obesity Medicine, and American Board of Medical Acupuncture.

9/1991-6/1995 B.S., Engineering Science: New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey

8/1995-5/1999 M.D., UMDNJ: New Jersey Medical School Newark, New Jersey

6/1999-6/2002 Internal Medicine Residency, Wright-Patterson Medical Center Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

8/2002 Board-Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine

12/2012 Recertification, American Board of Internal Medicine

Bariatric Medicine:
9/2010 Medical Director of EatRight OPTIFAST program at Cullman Regional Medical Center, Cullman, Alabama

2011 - present Member, The Obesity Society

2012 - present Member, American Society of Bariatric Physicians

1/2013 Medical Director of OPTIFAST of Cullman; Cullman, Alabama

12/2013 Board-Certification, American Board of Obesity Medicine

12/2007 Graduate of Helms Medical Institute, UCLA Stanford

9/2008 Chinese Scalp Acupuncture with Dr Jason Hao

10/2009 Five Element Acupuncture with Drs Moss and Puhky

10/2011 - present Board Certification by American Board of Medical Acupuncture

10/2011 - present Full Member, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Military Service:
12/1995 - 9/2005 Rank: Major, United States Air Force

Discharge: Honorable

Decorations: Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Longevity Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Ribbon

7/2002-5/2004 Chief of Internal Medicine, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey

Chairperson: Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
Founded Diabetes Care Clinic
Provided multi-disciplinary approach for complicated diabetic patients
Physician Evaluator: Standard of Care Chart Reviews
Physician: Lipid and Coumadin Clinics
HIV Designated Physician
Committee Member: Health Forms and Executive Medical Staff

6/2004-9/2005 Chief of Internal Medicine, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware

Chairperson: Medical Records Review Committee
- Developed multiple protocols to ensure JCAHO compliance
- Created forms review process and medical record review process in conjunction with clinical practice guidelines

Physician Evaluator: Standard of Care Chart Reviews
Physician: Coumadin Clinic
HIV Designated Physician
Committee Member: Credentialing Board and Executive Medical Staff
Physician Staff member, Kent General Hospital
- Daily inpatient duties, coordinated physician call schedules, EKG's, consultations

7/2006 - Present Physician, Cullman Internal Medicine, Cullman, Alabama

7/2006 - Staff Physician, Cullman Regional Medical Center, Cullman, AL

2009 - Present Medical Director, Health and Safety Team Daystar Church, Cullman, Alabama

2011 - Present Parent Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 37 Cullman, AL

Dr. Ruse is married to Dr. E. Anthony Ruse and has two sons, Joey and Nic. She enjoys cooking, swimming, and Tai Chi.