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Craig Ruder, MD

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Map Marker A WellSpan Orthopedics
25 Monument Rd., Suite 290
York, PA 17403
(717) 812-4090
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WellSpan Sports Medicine
(717) 851-3136

About Me

Why I chose to pursue a career in healthcare:

My younger sister was born with many medical problems. The desire to help solve problems she faced led me to medicine. My training in orthopedics and sports medicine provides the ability to improve patient function and decrease pain.

What I want my patients to know about me:

I served over 20 years in the Air Force as an orthopedic surgeon prior to joining our WellSpan Orthopedic Sports Medicine Team. I completed three oversees deployments as a surgeon taking care of our troops in harms way. My last five years were spent as the Orthopedic Residency Training Director overseeing the education of young orthopedic surgical residents. I believe in the importance of educating patients about the medical challenge they are experiencing, the treatment options (both non-surgical and surgical) and together developing a plan to reach their goals.

What I do when I'm not seeing patients:

I enjoy spending time with my bride of many years on an old farm property (lots of maintenance and upkeep required). I spend many hours working with our animals including a brother/sister pair of great danes. I am a licensed falconer here in PA.

Clinical Interests

  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopy-Knee
  • Cartilage Restoration
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Orthopedic Injuries
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ligament Repair
  • Lower Extremity Nerve Surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains & Fractures
  • Shoulders
  • Knees: Age 49 and Below
  • Knees: Age 50+
  • Elbows

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery | Orthopedic Surgery

Education & Credentials

  • Medical School: Uniformed Services University (USUHS)
  • Internship Program: Malcolm Grow Medical Center | Transitional
  • Residency Program: Wilford Hall Medical Center | Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship Program: Hughston Sports Medical Center | Sports Medicine
  • Undergraduate Education: US Air Force Academy

WellSpan Hospital Affiliations

  • Apple Hill Surgical Center
  • WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital
  • WellSpan York Hospital

Health Plans Accepted

WellSpan Financial Assistance Program participant

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amerihealth Caritas PA
  • Capital BlueCross
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Cigna Medicare Advantage
  • Gateway Highmark Wholecare
  • Geisinger
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • HPP/Jefferson Health Plan
  • InterGroup/Prime Health Services
  • John Hopkins Health Care
  • MD Medical Assistance
  • PA Health & Wellness (Centene)
  • PA Medical Assistance
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • South Central Preferred
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • Vibra Health Plan

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