Patricia DeRusso, MD, MS, FAAP

Patricia DeRusso, MD, is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is the director of the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Vice President for Medical Staff Affairs.

Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Market Street
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Patricia A. DeRusso, MD, MS, serves as associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She is vice president of Medical Staff Affairs and director of the Healthy Weight Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an attending physician in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.  Dr. DeRusso graduated with her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine with Distinction.  Dr. DeRusso completed her pediatric residency and a clinical fellowship program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research training as a Pediatric Scientist Development scholar was at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. She then served as faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 10 years, managing medical care of pediatric inpatients and outpatients with liver and gastrointestinal diseases, and conducting multi-center research studies of children with liver disease funded by an NIH national consortium. In 2006 she joined Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as the Medical Director of Nutrition and then began serving as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Pfizer Nutrition. In 2012 she returned to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - George Washington School of Medicine, Washington, DC

    Internship

    Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship

    Clinical Fellow and Adjunct Senior Fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Research Fellow and National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Fellow - Pediatric Scientist Developm

    Board Certification

    Pediatric Gastroenterology
    Pediatrics

    Undergraduate Degree

    BS in Nutrition - University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

    Graduate Degree

    MS in Nutrition - Boston University, Boston, MA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Director, Healthy Weight Program

    Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters

    2008

    DeRusso PA: Neonatal Hemochromatosis. Pediatric Gastroenterology. Liacouras C and Piccoli D (eds.). Elsevier, 2008.

    2001

    DeRusso PA: Liver Disease in Childhood. American Liver Foundation. D.C. Chapter Newsletter Oct/Nov 2001.

    1998

    DeRusso PA: Iron Overload Conditions: Hereditary Hemochromatosis and Neonatal Iron Storage Disease. Clinical Pediatric Gastroenterology. Altschuler S and Liacouras C (eds.). Churchhill Livingstone, 1998.

  • Awards and Honors

    2011, Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
    1994, Pediatric Scientist Development Program Award
    1990, Jacobi Medical Society Award in Pediatrics
    1990, Alpha Omega Alpha
    1990, American Medical Women's Association
    1990, Kane-King-Dodeck Obstetrical Honor Society
    1990, Graduation with Distinction, George Washington University School of Medicine

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Academic and institutional committees

    2012-present, Nutrition Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in professional organizations

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Society for Nutrition
    North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition