Structural Heart & Advanced Valvular Interventions Program Director
Baptist Health Medical Center
Little Rock, Arkansas
Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Rodriguez is the medical director of the Structural Heart and Advanced Valvular Interventions at Baptist Health Little Rock. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences. He then enlisted in the United States Army and graduated from the Infantry One Station Unit Training and Airborne School in Fort Benning, GA and the Special Operations Preparatory Course in Fort Bragg, NC. He then proceeded to earn a medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH and his fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He then completed his Interventional Cardiology and Endovascular Peripheral Interventions fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He subsuqently graduated from the Structural Heart Disease and Advanced Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN where he completed a year of dedicated training in advanced transcatheter valvular therapies including TAVR, MitraClip, as well as additional training in CTO interventions and advanced resuscitation therapies including ECMO.