Patricia DeRusso, MD, MS, FAAP

Patricia DeRusso, MD, is the director of the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - George Washington School of Medicine, Washington, DC


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


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


    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

    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




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


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


    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