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New Board Members Welcomed

March 22, 2011
Somerset Medical Center is pleased to welcome Edward Buch, MD, of Somerville, Jerry Durso, of Hoboken and William Ruda, MD, of Bridgewater, as the new members of the Somerset Medical Center board of trustees.

Dr. Buch is a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York and received his medical degree from the State University of New York’s Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn. He completed his surgical training at Downstate Medical Center and a vascular fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Buch is board-certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, vascular technology and wound care. He is chief of the vascular laboratory at Somerset Medical Center and previously served as chief of surgery and chief of vascular surgery at the medical center. He is also director of the Raritan Valley Vascular Center and maintains a private practice in Hillsborough. He is also a member of numerous general surgery and vascular societies.

Durso is Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for sanofi-aventis U.S., the U.S. affiliate of the sanofi-aventis Group. He is responsible for all activities within the company’s commercial operations structure, including the diabetes, oncology and cardiovascular and thrombosis business, as well as other marketing, sales, managed markets and commercial support functions, with the exception of the dermatology franchise. Durso has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, and resides in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

Dr. Ruda is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York. He completed his internal medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in Bronx, New York, his anesthesiology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Ruda was trained in medical acupuncture for physicians at UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. A physician at Somerset Medical Center since 1985, Dr. Ruda has served as the chairman of the department of anesthesiology from 1991 to 2005. Dr. Ruda is board certified in internal medicine, anesthesiology and acupuncture. He has chaired numerous medical center committees over the years. 

Somerset Medical Center’s 650-member medical and dental staff represents all major medical and surgical specialties and requires board certification as part of its credentialing process. For a physician referral, call 1-800-443-4605 or visit the physician directory on the medical center’s Web site at