The Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The program is sponsored by the Dean's Council, the Office of the President and the K-State Alumni Association.
2013 Alumni Fellow
John Ruffin, Ph.D.
Dr. John Ruffin is the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). He oversees the NIMHD budget of approximately $276 million. In addition, he provides leadership for the minority health and health disparities research activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which constitutes an annual budget of approximately $2.8 billion.
He is a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of minority health and health disparities. He has devoted his professional career to improving the health status of racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the cadre of minority scientists, physicians, and other health professionals, and attract a diverse group of researchers to the health disparities field.
As the NIH federal official for minority health disparities research, he has planned and brought to fruition the largest biomedical research program in the nation aimed at efforts to eliminate health disparities. He led the transformation of the NIH minority health and health disparities research agenda from an administratively-established Office of Minority Programs, to the legislative creation of the Office of Research on Minority Health, the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and now the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Dr. Ruffin has a stellar record of professional achievement including an honorary doctor of science degree from Spelman College, Tuskegee University, University of Massachusetts in Boston, North Carolina State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Tulane University and Dillard University and Medgar Evers College. He is a recipient of the Cura Personalis award from Georgetown University Medical Center. He has also received the Martin Luther King Jr., Legacy Award for National Service, the Department of Health and Human Services' Special Recognition Award; and the U.S. Presidential Merit Award. Dr. Ruffin received a B.S. in Biology from Dillard University, a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in Systematic and Developmental Biology from Kansas State University, and completed post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University.