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Christopher Ruser, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Chief of Primary Care, Primary Care; Co-Chair, National PACT Directive Revision Committee; Co-Chair, National PACT Optimization Sub-Council; Founder and Director, West Haven VA's Multi-disciplinary Weight Management Program; Associate Chief of Medicine , VACT Healthcare System

Contact Information

Christopher Ruser, MD

Mailing Address

  • General Internal Medicine

    11-ACSL 950 Campbell Avenue

    West Haven , CT 06516

    United States



Dr. Ruser received his MD from Cornell University Medical School and then completed internal medicine residency at Yale. He served as a front-line clinician educator based at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System's West Haven campus where he developed an academic interest in clinical obesity management and leadership. From 2010 to 2020, Dr. Ruser served as the Chief of Primary Care for VACT where he sought to evolve the primary care system towards the medical home model with a focus on robust access to care, team-based care, and excellence in quality outcomes. Dr. Ruser now serves as the Associate Chief of Medicine for VACT.

Education & Training

  • Resident
    Yale University (2001)
  • Intern
    Yale University (2000)
  • MD
    Cornell University Medical College (1998)
  • BA
    Cornell University (1994)


  • Using Virtual Cardiac Care to Bridge Geographic Healthcare Disparities
    Providence, RI, United States 2024
    VA New England FY 24 Cardiology Hackathon Keynote
  • Virtual Cardiology to Address Geographic Disparities in Cardiac Care
    Northampton, MA, United States 2023
    VA New England Executive Leadership Council
  • Keynote Shared Services Programs
    Newington, CT, United States 2023
    VA New England West Market Strategic Planning Conference
  • Overview of Qualty of Care Outcomes and Measurement
    West Haven, CT, United States 2023
    VA Specialty Care Nursing Summit
  • COVID Vaccine Equity in VHA
    Washington, DC, United States 2023
    American Thoracic Society National Meeting
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Improvement via FIT
    Aurora, CO, United States 2023
    SGIM National Meeting May 2023
  • Weight and Eating QOL Scale for use Across VHA
    Baltimore, MD, United States 2023
    HSRD/Queri National Meeting
  • Virtual Respiratory Clinics and Rapid Test to Treat Models in VHA
    From West Haven VA to Federal Test to Treat Workgroup based in Washington DC 2022
    Steering Committee for Pandemic Innovation - Federal Test to Treat Program
  • Recapturing VA Care
    Orange, CT, United States 2022
    VA New England Network Director Briefing - Strategic Planning Summit
  • Post-Pandemic Colorectal Cancer Screening
    West Haven to VA New England Healthcare System 2022
    VA New England Primary Care Grand Rounds
  • Primary Care Efficiency
    From West Haven VA to National VHA Audience 2020
    VHA National Clinical Resource Hubs Symposium
  • COVID Pandemic Response and the Human Toll
    West Haven, CT, United States 2020
    Schwartz Rounds - VA New England
  • Optimizing EHR Based Consultation through a Consultation Evaluation Committee and Tool
    VACT to Conference in Baltimore and National Attendees 2020
    SGIM Virtual Annual Meeting
  • Systemic Racism and our Healthcare System
    From West Haven office to National VHA Audience, sponsored by Puget Sound VA/Oregon Health Sciences/Univ of Washington 2020
    Post-Deployment Care Integration National Town Hall VHA
  • Health Disparities and Race
    From West Haven Office to National VA Audience all over the country 2020
    VHA National Social Work Conference
  • Primary Care Planning and Coordination
    West Haven CT office to National VA teams 2020
    VHA Office of Reporting, Analytics, Performance, Improvement and Deployment (RAPID)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
2021 Coin from Secretary of the VA (Wilke)Veteran's Health Administration2021
Asghar Rastegar Teaching Award2005
Stephen Shell Memorial House-staff Award2001
Joan Severino Parisi Prize in Internal Medicine1998

Professional Service

VACT Healthcare SystemCo-Chair/Member (varies by year) of VACT's Suicide Prevention and Quality Committee 2024 - Present
VA New England West Market Strategic Planning Committee Chair of West Market Strategic Planning Committee for New England Regional VA System 2023 - 2024
VACT Strategic Planning CommitteeActing Co-Chair2023 - 2024
VACT Healthcare SystemVACT Chief of Hospital Medicine Search Committee 2023
VACT Healthcare SystemMember of VACT Healthcare System's Search Committee for Chief of Quality 2023 - Present
VACT Healthcare SystemMember of VACT Healthcare System's Search Committee for Chief of Radiology 2023 - Present
VACT Healthcare SystemMember VACT Healthcare System's Search Committee for Chief Wellness Officer 2023 - Present
VA CPG on Pain, Low Back PainReviewer2017
VA National PBM Obesity MedsReviewer2016 - 2017
VISN1 Population Health CommitteeMember2015 - 2019
VHA SOTA Obesity Conference FY 16Washington, DC2015
VISN1 Primary Care Delivery CommitteeCo-Chair2015 - Present
VACT Pain CommitteeCo-Chair2013 - 2017
Internal Medicine Chief Resident Selection CommitteeMember2013 - Present
VA Connecticut Chief of Psychology Search CommitteeMember2011
Medical Center Peer Review CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Medical Center Executive CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Ambulatory Education Steering CommitteeMember2010 - Present
National VA Obesity GuidelinesReviewer2009 - Present
Obesity SocietyMember2008 - 2016
Intern Selection CommitteeMember2008 - Present
SGIMMember2007 - 2017
Guilford Human Services CouncilGuilford, CT2006 - Present
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2006 - Present
American College of PhysiciansMember2005 - 2007
VA New England Regional Steering Committee- MOVE! ProgramMember2005 - Present
Corlandt ForumEditor2004 - 2008
Intern OrientationDirector2003 - 2007

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