Dr. John Robert Ruge was born in 1957, raised in Valparaiso, Indiana and then attended Northwestern University both as an undergraduate and medical student. His mentor was Dr. Anthony J. Raimondi.

He has received many honors.  He founded the Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center in 1997.  He is credited with developing several new neurosurgical techniques including:

He founded LiveMed Media, LLC in 2013.  He has a US patent pending for a brain tumor iOS app "Medeligo".  Read the new article about Medeligo, "This Chicago Surgeon's App Wants to Give Doctors a Better Search Tool Than Google".

Dr. Ruge has three children; Mary (born 1989), Nicholas (born 1990), and Shannon (born 1992).

Dr. Ruge is an avid sailor. He learned to sail from his step-father, Maurice Anderson on a 30ft catamaran sailboat that he helped build with his father. Since then he has gone on to achieve instruction and certification including advanced charter with night sailing certification, and advanced ocean sailing. Sailing by celestial navigation from Bermuda to Norfolk, Virginia. He has sailed the Mediterranean extensively from Spain to southern Italy. Including the islands off Spain, France and Italy.

Director/Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Advocate Children's Hospital
Park Ridge, Illinois

Medical Director
Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center
Park Ridge, Illinois
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Attending Adult Neurosurgeon
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, Illinois
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Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Advocate Children’s Hospital

Park Ridge, Illinois
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Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Lurie's Children's Hospital

Chicago, Illinois

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
University of Chicago (1990-1995)

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
University of Illinois (December 1998 to 2003)

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
Rush Medical College (April 1, 2005 through present)

American Board of Neurological Surgery (1993)

1975-79 B.A. with distinction
Northwestern University,
Evanston, Illinois

1979-83 M.D. Northwestern University
Medical School, Chicago, Illinois

Guy's Hospital
London, England

1983-89 Neurosurgical Residency
Northwestern University
Chicago, Ilinois

1989-90 Clinical Fellow
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Children's Memorial Hospital
Chicago, linois

1990 Visiting Clinical Fellow
University of Minnesota
03/1/1990 03/30/1990


  1. Resident Teacher of the Year, 1989
    Northwestern University Medical School
    Presented at Commencement
  2. Kenneth Shulman, M.D. Award (2nd place), 1987
    Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery
    American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  3. Resident Teacher of the Year, 1986
    Alpha Omega Alpha, Northwestern University
    Presented at the Drake Hotel, Chicago
  4. Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical Honorary Society
  5. Phi Beta Kappa
    Honorary Society
  6. President
    Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society
    Northwestern University, 1978 79
  7. Phi Eta Sigma
    Honorary Society
  8. Advisory Board to the Dean
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Northwestern University, 1978 79
  9. Top Neurosurgeon/Chicago Metropolitan Area (ranked #3).
    Guide of Top Doctors
    Center for the Study of Services.
    Washington, D.C. 1999
  10. John R. Ruge, MD – featured
    Best Hospitals, Chicago Magazine, Vol. 49:1
    January 2000, pg. 65
  11. Top Neurosurgeon/Top Pediatric Neurosurgeon
    Top Doctors
    Chicago Magazine, January 2001 ,2006, & 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  12. Top Doctor Award 2004, 2005
    Chicago Metropolitan Area
    Guide of Top Doctors
  13. National Registry # 180282
  14. Newsweek magazine 2015 Top Cancer Neurosurgeon
  15. 2016 Honoree - National Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation


  1. American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  2. International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  3. AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
  4. Hydrocephalus Association


  1. Editorial Board Critical Reviews in Neurosurgery, Springer International
    Publications (1991 - 1999)
  2. Editorial Board – Child’s Nervous System. Springer-Verlag International
    Publications (1998 – 2003)