Ruda named Child Safety and Integrated Care Division Chief


By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

Ruda named Child Safety and Integrated Care division chief
Michelle T. Ruda, MD

Michelle T. Ruda, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics has assumed the leadership of the Division of Child Safety and Integrated Care. Ruda succeeds Rebecca Girardet, MD, who had led the program since 2012.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead this exceptional team,” Ruda said. “The work we have done together since I started at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a fellow has played an instrumental role in my growth as a professional and human being. I look forward to progressing our mission of providing comprehensive care and support for our patients, families, and community.”

Ruda will lead a multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive medical and psychosocial services for child maltreatment victims and children living in foster care. The division also offers several unique clinical programs for children with complex medical and psychosocial needs as well as an ABP-accredited, 3-year fellowship in child abuse pediatrics and supports the training of pediatrics and medicine-pediatrics residents in the recognition of management of child maltreatment.

Ruda attended Texas Tech Health Sciences Center for her medical training and completed her pediatrics residency at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. Following her first academic appointment at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Ruda returned to Texas to complete a fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School.  She joined the faculty at McGovern in 2017 before rising to program director for the Child Abuse Fellowship in 2019.