Dr. Ray Rush is the Deputy Chief of Medicine with the Orlando VA Medical Center. He is working with the Activations Team to open a new inpatient bed tower and set-up inpatient operations of the soon to be opened Orlando VA Hospital. In addition, Dr. Rush serves as an Academic Hospitalist and Preceptor with the Teaching Inpatient Team. He is licensed and board certified in Internal Medicine.


Dr. Rush is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. He was presented with the Excellence in Teaching Medical Students award in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Rush was an Equal Access Clinic Volunteer Preceptor from 2010 to 2015. He also held a Clinical Assistant Professor academic appointment with the University of Florida from 2012 to 2015.


In partnership with the VA, UCF College of Medicine has identified individuals that provide a significant contribution to the college and medical students. Dr. Rush joined the college in April of 2016 as part of this partnership. VA faculty members are invited to participate in teaching assignments, curriculum and admissions committees, student affairs and research mentorship. Their contributions make a significant impact for both the college and students.


Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Rush R, Kuryatov A, Nelson ME, Lindstrom JM. First and second transmembrane segments of a 3, a 4, b2, and b4 AChR subunits influence the efficacy and potency of nicotine. Mol. Pharmacol. 61:1416-1422. 2002.

Education & Specialties

  • B.A., Biology and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • M.D., Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
  • M.B.A., University of Florida Professional MBA Program, Gainesville, FL
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


  • Internal Medicine

Research Interests

  • Inpatient Quality Improvement
  • Hospital Flow


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