Dr. Raul Ruiz reflects on life in Paraguay and Guttenberg

Dr. Raul Ruiz began working to support his family in Paraguay at age 10, and went on to serve the Guttenberg area as a surgeon for 14 years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)


By Molly Moser

Dr. Raul Ruiz served as Guttenberg’s surgeon for 14 years, from 1992 through 2006. He now resides in Waterloo with his wife, Mari, but has fond memories of time spent with the doctors of Guttenberg and their families. 

For over a decade prior to relocating to Guttenberg, Ruiz lived and worked in Eldora. Tim Wick, who was CEO of the hospital at that time, sent Dr. Ruiz a postcard with a picture of Guttenberg. “I decided to come because I wanted to do only surgery. The doctors were very nice, that was also part of the decision,” said Ruiz. 

He and his wife had already raised their two sons, who now live in Hudson and Indianola. So when they moved to Guttenberg, the one to follow them wasn’t one of their children – it was Ruiz’s nurse, the late Kitty Bartholomew. “Kitty worked for me for 20 years,” Ruiz said, remembering her fondly. 

The retired surgeon grew up in Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay. His father was in political exile in Argentina, so Ruiz and his siblings worked to support their family. “If you get involved in politics and you don’t like the government, you get in trouble,” Ruiz explained of Paraguay. “At that time there were several presidents because they were fighting all the time.”

Continued in the pages of The Guttenberg Press


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