Patricia DeRusso, MD, MS, FAAP

Patricia DeRusso, MD, MS, FAAP
Patricia DeRusso, MD, is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Vice President for CHOP's Medical Staff Affairs at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Liver disease, Nutritional disorders, Leadership, Education
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Market Street


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 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 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


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


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


Clinical Fellow and Adjunct Senior Fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - 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

Vice President, Medical Staff Affairs

Vice President of the Medical Staff

Executive Leader, Care Management Initiative

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

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services





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.

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures


"Healthy Weight Program" lecture for the CHOP Foundation sponsored 1855 Society and Lewis Society Lunch at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, March 2015.

Awards and Honors

2014, Community Health Leader, Healthy NewsWorks

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

2016-present, Frontier Program Oversight Committee, Lymphatic Intervention
2016, Search Committee, Chair of the Department of Radiology
2015-present, Patient and Family Experience Committee
2015-present, Medical Bylaws Committee, Chair
2015-present, Medical Ethics Committee
2015-present, International Medicine Steering Committee
2015-present, Medical Faculty Senate Steering Committee, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
2015-present, Data Safety and Monitoring Board
2015-present, Physician Leadership Program, Course Instructor
2015-2016, Search Committee, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical
2014-present, Physician Leadership Program, Leader and Co-organizer
2014-present, Patient Safety Committee
2014-present, Graduate Medical Education Committee
2014-present, Continuing Medical Education Committee
2014-present, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, Chair
2014-present, Peer Review Committee
2012-present, Nutrition Committee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations


1997-present, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


2011-present, American Academy of Pediatrics

2008-present, American Society for Nutrition