Alison Ruch, MD


Alison Ruch, MD

Education & Certifications

Medical School:
Medical College of Georgia / University of Georgia Medical Partnership
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
American Board of Emergency Medicine


Dr. Ruch was born and raised in Merida, Mexico and moved to the USA in 2005. She speaks both Spanish and English fluently. She attended the University of Tennessee where she received a degree in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology with a minor in Philosophy, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She worked for a year at Peachford Hospital in Atlanta, the largest psychiatric private hospital in Georgia and from there pursued medical school at the University of Georgia campus/MCG. Dr. Ruch completed her Emergency Medicine specialty at Wake Forest. She also moonlighted at a small hospital in the North Carolina mountains in the last half of her training. 

Dr. Ruch is currently teaching Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and medical students during their Emergency Medicine rotation. She is also the NGHS Emergency Department Stroke Liaison and assisted in obtaining Comprehensive Stroke Center status as well as improving Emergency Department stroke care system-wide. Dr. Ruch is a strong advocate for MAT in OUD and obtaining PACED accreditation and is also involved in the ongoing efforts to optimize pain and addiction treatment in all NGHS Emergency Departments.

“I listen/read to EMRAP, EBMedicine and Emedhome. I love learning and being challenged and I’m so excited to have EM residents!”

Dr. Alison Ruch

Dr. Ruch’s research interest is sexual health/harm reduction/referral to treatment for women who suffer from substance abuse.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and St Bernard/Australian Cattle dog mix. Running, gardening, cooking, and reading/podcasts also tops her list!

Her book recommendations while training Emergency Medicine residents include: The White Coat Investor by Dahle, The Great Influenza by Barry, When Breath Becomes Air by Kalanithi, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success by Wooden.

Alison Ruch's family camping