A physician and pharmaceutical executive, Garutti served as assistant professor of pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College and chief of pediatrics, with the rank of lieutenant commander, at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia. During a nearly three-decade career in the international pharmaceutical industry at Pharmacia and Schering-Plough, he successfully led clinical research and regulatory efforts that brought numerous drugs in a wide range of therapeutic areas to market, improving the lives of patients all over the world. He and his wife Joanna have given generously to the university in support of scholarships and facilities—most recently the Ron and Joanna Garutti Strength and Conditioning Center in the Hale Center—as well as the “VICTORY” statue outside SHI Stadium.