Mr. Russell Ruthen, MBA, combines two decades of leadership in business with a passion to promote research for the prevention and treatment of premature birth. His passion has its roots in personal experience.
His wife is a two-time survivor of a rare life-threatening complication of pregnancy called HELLP syndrome. As a result, his children were born prematurely but are now healthy because of exceptional healthcare and timely administration of antenatal steroids.
Mr. Ruthen founded the non-profit public charity Day Before Birth with Dr. Milton Kotelchuck. Under his leadership, Day Before Birth funded and organized, in 2014, the national conference "Time for ACTion." By earning the support of AHRQ, the March of Dimes, ACOG, Hologic and other partners, Day Before Birth assembled the largest and most diverse gathering of maternal child health experts to advocate for antenatal corticosteroid treatment in at least a decade. The early impact of the conference includes new initiatives within the Joint Commission Perinatal Core Measure Groups, State-Based Perinatal Collaboratives, and the Federal Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (COIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality.
In collaboration with Dr. Kotelchuck, Mr. Ruthen has also served as project director/principal investigator for a research program that examines factors that delay women from receiving timely perinatal care. As a volunteer for the March of Dimes for the past 7 years, Mr. Ruthen helped establish and served as the first chair of a new divisional board for Northeastern Massachusetts, and he continues to provide direction for fundraising, programs, and advocacy. Mr. Ruthen is also former acting director for program services for the Massachusetts chapter where he managed grants and organized two conferences on premature birth.
Mr. Ruthen honed his leadership and management skills as managing director for an information-technology consulting company and as a senior product line manager for Cisco Systems for seven years. At Cisco, he led teams that successfully launched and ramped product lines up to $400 million, introducing advanced technologies in routing, web switching and network security for Fortune 500 enterprises and service providers. Mr. Ruthen has held senior marketing positions with Silicon Graphics and LANart Corporation. Mr. Ruthen received an MBA from Harvard University and an AB in Physics from Cornell University.