Dr. Ruiz de Castilla

Dr. Gustavo Ruiz de Castilla

Education
Dr. Ruiz received his dental degree from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in Boston Massachusetts. He graduated Cum Laude (high honors) in 1989, and was recipient of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists award for excellence in undergraduate periodontics, and the Quintessence Award for outstanding performance in clinical periodontics.

Dr. Ruiz earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences in the discipline of Oral Biology and completed his training in Periodontics, Implantology and Oral Medicine at Harvard University. After graduation in 1991, he was appointed Assistant Clinical Instructor for the Department of Periodontology in the Post-Doctoral Training Program at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Ruiz has done extensive research, and pioneer work in the field of Periodontal Tissue Regeneration with Growth Factors, and has extensive experience in the procedures leading to the regeneration of the supporting structures of the teeth. He has published several articles in this topic and has lectured nationally and internationally in the subjects of bone grafting and regeneration, periodontics and implantology. In addition to receiving multiple certificates in a variety of dental implant reconstruction techniques, he was the first periodontist certified in Laser Periodontal Therapy® in Hillsborough County.

Dr. Ruiz is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration, the Academy of Laser Dentistry and Hillsborough County Periodontal Association of which he is former president.

Background
The realization of The American Dream
Dr. Ruiz de Castilla was born and raised in Peru. In April 1978, due to the economic uncertainty and hyperinflation Peru was going through, Dr. Ruiz left his country for the United States. After six months of travel, he arrived to San Antonio, TX. His only possessions were a student’s visa, $57.25, and backpack full of old clothes.

Once in San Antonio, Dr. Ruiz enrolled in the Home Building Technology Program at San Antonio College, thanks to its on-the-job-training program, Dr. Ruiz could work legally, as a laborer, in the United States. After becoming a resident of the United States and while working full time as a senior designer for a large consulting engineering firm, Dr. Ruiz began to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The recession of the early 1980s had a severe negative impact in the construction business in Texas. During this time, Dr. Ruiz needed dental care. His dentist in San Antonio, TX, got him interested in dentistry and he decided to go to dental school. He applied to 11 dental schools and made 10, though; the 11th dental school called back four months latter to let him know he was accepted. Dr. Ruiz had already accepted a position at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Personal
Dr. Ruiz moved from Boston to Tampa, Florida in 1992. He honed his skills in periodontics and implantology working as an associate. Dr. Ruiz acquired his South Tampa practice in December of 1997. He lives with his wife Fabiola and son Alessio. Dr. Ruiz enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, snow skiing, watching the Lightning, and above all spending time with his family.