Steve Ruff says his contribution to help patients’ appearances is the reason he’s been at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry for 35 years.
A dental technician, Ruff fabricates prostheses for patients in the Center for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. He works closely with the center’s staff as well as the oral surgery department and says he particularly enjoys working with Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, center director.
“I like the challenges of creating prosthetics for patients who have experienced accidents, cancer or deformities from other causes,” Ruff says. “I enjoy doing my part in helping restore patients to their original appearance.”
Ruff says he developed many of his skills in the late 1970s when the college had a joint maxillofacial clinic with Baylor University Medical Center’s Sammons Cancer Center.
He is grateful for the relationships he’s built while working at the college. In particular, he appreciates meeting his wife, Debbie, who works in the purchasing office. Their meeting is his favorite workplace memory.
Ruff enjoys working with his hands even when he’s not at the college. Woodworking, gardening and jewelry-making are a few of his hobbies.