Ruth Lagman, MD
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Hematology and Medical Oncology
South Pointe Hospital
20000 Harvard Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
Treatment & Services
- Cancer Center
- Cancer Supportive Care
- Hospice Care
- Pain Control
- Palliative Medicine
- Symptom Control
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia
- Cancer Fatigue
- Cancer Symptoms
- Chemotherapy Related Symptoms
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About Ruth Lagman, MD
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 & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Graduate School - University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Graduate School - University of Massachusetts
Master of Business Administration
Amherst, MA USA
Medical Education - Institute for Medical Studies
San Francisco, CA USA
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - University of Connecticut Health Center/John Dempsey Hospital
Farmington, CT USA
Graduate School - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA
Internship - University of Santo Tomas Hospital
Medical Education - University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
Undergraduate - University of the Philippines
- Master of Public Health
- Internal Medicine
- Internal Medicine - Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Palliative medicine, cancer, cancer anorexia and cachexia, cancer fatigue, cancer symptoms, chemotherapy related symptoms
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Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023
Dr. Lagman is a very lovely compassionate person who made me feel very comfortable talking with her. I look forward to talking with her again.
Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023
Dr.Ruth has always been attentive to my situation, offering sound advice. I bring my wife along for all the appointments ,our favorite hands down.
Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023
Dr. Lagman is very respectful and explains her plan for your plan very well. She answers all questions. She expresses empathy and understanding that is rare among providers currently.
Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023
Dr Lagman is one of the finest Dr.'s on my teamVery grateful to have herThank you
Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023
Very Good visit with Dr. Lagman. To me she has shown the most concern of my health since I've been coming there. I'm blessed for her help.
Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022
Dr Lagman was very thorough & it was a pleasure to meet with her!
Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022
Dr. Lagman is so very personable. She is sincerely caring and understanding. She is so easy to talk to. I feel no anxiety during my visit.
Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022
Dr Lagman is professional and courteous and very sympathetic. She really cares about her patients and it shows
Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022
Excellent across the board, Dr. Lagman & Pam, perfect team, zero problems & always perfect timing.
Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022
Dr Lagman is such a kind and caring Physician. She cares
Reviewed on May 23, 2022
I am very comfortable talking to Dr Lagman about anything that is bothering me and she always responds to my questions.
Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022
Dr.Lagman understands my case and answers all of my questions.