Ruth Lagman, MD

216.444.6833

Ruth Lagman, MD

Appointed: 2001

Ruth Lagman, MD
Department: Hematology and Oncology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code R35
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6833
DeskDesk:216.445.5060
WorkFax:216.636.3179
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Ruth Lagman, MD, was born in Manilla, Philippines. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of the Philippines in 1982. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, in Manila in 1986. She then spent a clinical-internship year followed by a brief stint as a volunteer physician in rural Philippines. Her experience in rural Philippines motivated her to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University with a concentration in the epidemiology of infectious disease. The degree was conferred in 1993 upon completion of her master's thesis.

Dr. Lagman did her internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn., from 1990-1993. She then returned home to the Philippines and spent a year teaching at the College of Medicine at Angeles University in Pampanga, Philippines. In 1995, she entered the clinical fellowship program in Palliative Care at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She then spent the next few years in private practice, in general internal medicine in the greater Chicago area.

She returned to Cleveland, Ohio, in July 2001 to join the medical staff of the Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine, Department of Hematology and Oncology, at Cleveland Clinic. She also has been appointed Director of Clinical Services of the Palliative Medicine program, and Medical Director of the Hospice of Cleveland Clinic. Her interests are music therapy and complementary and alternative medicine.

Dr. Lagman enjoys traveling, swimming and golf. She is married to Yew Sing Thomas Lee, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Education & Fellowships

Other - Institute for Medical Studies
Acupuncture
San Francisco, CA
2010
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Palliative Care
Cleveland, OH USA
1996
Residency - University of Connecticut Health Center/John Dempsey Hospital
Internal Medicine
Farmington, CT USA
1993
Graduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA
1990
Internship - University of Santo Tomas Hospital
Transitional Year
Manila Philippines
1987
Medical School - University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
Manila Philippines
1986
Undergraduate - University of the Philippines
Zoology
Quezon City Philippines
1982

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Specialty Interests

Palliative medicine, cancer, cancer anorexia and cachexia, cancer fatigue, cancer symptoms, chemotherapy related symptoms

Additional Training

  • Master of Public Health

Memberships

  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia
  • Cancer Fatigue
  • Cancer Symptoms
  • Chemotherapy Related Symptoms
  • Constipation

Industry Relationships

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Tagalog
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