Associate Professor and Director, Service Learning Academy

University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

Dr. Margalit's interests include professional and humanistic behavior in healthcare (including professionalism, provider-patient communication, patient-centered and relationship-centered care); the promotion of collaboration, teamwork and enhancement of quality care (with a focus on interprofessional education and service learning); and care for the underserved, reduction of health disparities, and integration of social justice into healthcare education and practice.

Her medical practice abroad includes participation in a primary health care project in rural Ghana, Africa with the World Health Organization.

Her current clinical service is at OneWorld community Health Center, and The Siena Francis Homeless Shelter clinic.

Courses Taught

  • ICE (integrated clinical experience) lectures: delivering bad News, Professionalism, for first and second year medical students.
  • ICE small group facilitator.
  • M4 Selective PSM-733, Patient- provider relationship and interprofessional care.
  • Cultural competency and professionalism 
  • Interprofessional education - UNMC IPE days
  • Multiple guest lectures
  • Service Learning Experience- M2 ICE plus interprofessional students 
  • Peer and self assessment as a vehicle for professional development. Program in the Pediatrics
  • Clerkship for third year medical students
  • Email and telephone use in clinical practice. An experiential learning and assessment module - Family Medicine Clerkship for third year medical students
  • EMET (Enhanced Medical Education Track) Care for the Underserved



  • Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore - department of Social and Behavioral Science
  • MD  Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel, 1988-1992
  • B Med Sc., Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel, 1985-1988

Selected Publications

  • Margalit, Ruth MD; Thompson, Sarah PhD, RN; Visovsky, Constance PhD, RN, APRN-BC; Geske, Jenenne PhD; Collier, Dean PharmD; Birk, Thomas PhD; Paulman, Paul MD. From Professional Silos to Interprofessional Education: Campus wide Focus on Quality of Care. Quality Management in Health Care: July/September 2009 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 165-173
  • Ben-Arye E, Lear A, Hermoni D, Margalit RS. Promoting Lifestyle Self-Awareness among the Medical Team by the Use of an Integrated Teaching Approach: A Primary Care Experience. J Altern Complement Med. 2007 May;13(4):461-470
  • Ruth Stashefsky Margalit, Debra Roter, Mary Ann Dunevant, Susan Larson, Shmuel Reis. Electronic medical record use and physician-patient communication: an observational study of Israeli primary care encounters. Patient Education and Counseling, 2006 Apr;61(1):134-41
  • Anthony J. Alberg, Ruth Stashefsky Margalit, Alyce Burke, Kimberly A. Rasch, Nell Stewart, Jo Ann Kline, Paula A. Ernst, Amy Avey, Sandra C. Hoffman The influence of offering free transdermal nicotine patches on quit rates in a local health department's smoking cessation program. Addict Behav. 2004 Dec;29(9):1763-78.
  • Ben-Arye E, Frenkel M, Stashefsky Margalit R. Approaching complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with cancer: questions and challenges. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management - J Ambul Care Manage. 2004 Jan-Mar; 27(1): 53-62.
  • Stashefsky-Margalit R, Roter DL, 2003. A chapter on “Diabetes Self-management in Older Populations” in: Healthy Aging Project, Health Care and Finance Administration (HCFA), US.
  • Roter DL, Stashefsky-Margalit R, Rudd R. Current perspectives on patient education in the US. Patient Education and Counseling 2001,1472:1-8.
  • Nesher G, Margalit R, Ashkenazi YJ. Anti-nuclear envelope antibodies: Clinical associations. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatology 2001 Apr;30(5):313-320.
  • Margalit R., Lorber A., Margalit E: Familial occurrence of Ebstein’s Anomaly: A case report and a brief summary. The Israeli Journal of Harefua 134:762-4, 1998.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Central Group on Education Affairs (CGEA) – AAMC
  • The European Academy on Communication in Healthcare
  • The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare
  • The American Public Health Association
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
  • The Israeli Academy of Family Physicians
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Midwest consortium for Service Learning
  • Community Campus Partnership of Health 

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Ruth Margalit, MD

986075 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6075
Phone: 402-559-7458
Fax: 402-559-3773