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Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Tagalog
Surgeon No
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.6833
Desk:
216.445.5060
Fax:
216.636.3179

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Cancer Supportive Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Pain Control
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Symptom Control
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

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

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 & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2001

Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MA USA
2016

Graduate School - University of Massachusetts
Master of Business Administration
Amherst, MA USA
2014

Medical Education - Institute for Medical Studies
Acupuncture
San Francisco, CA USA
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 School - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA
1990

Internship - University of Santo Tomas Hospital
Transitional Year
Manila,
1987

Medical Education - University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
Manila, Philippines
1986

Undergraduate - University of the Philippines
Zoology
Quezon City,
1982

Additional Training

  • Master of Public Health

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Specialty Interests

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

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 2/15/2023, Dr. Lagman has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

70 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

She is very attentive to what I am saying and making suggestions concerning that.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Superb doctor! Helped me a great deal with new anti-nausea med. It took the edge off the nausea, which was a blessing.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Lagman is very easy to talk with.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr Lagman is great, the best!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Dr Lagman is one of the best doctors I've had

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Excellent service as usual with Dr. Lagman. Always on time, treats me like family.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr Lagman is very good at scheduling visits around other visits the same day

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr. Lagman was great as always!

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

There are no scheduling issues with Dr. Lagman. Her staff are prompt with calls and scheduling.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr. Lagman is a very good listener and communicator. She is in sync with my plan to address strategies to treat my pain in a safe manner in regard to pain medications. She discusses prescriptions in detail.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

She is the very best doctor

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Dr. Lagman is very attentive and talked to me. Many doctors expect the elderly to do as they are told,who consider us to be senile. Dr. Lagman is very respectful. I appreciate her.

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