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David Ruta, MD

(218) 249-6360
Primary Specialties
  • Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • St. Luke's Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
    1012 East Second Street, Level 5
    St. Luke's Building A
    Duluth, MN 55805
    (218) 249-6360
    (218) 249-6370


    Bachelor of Science - Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, 2005
    Medical Degree - Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2010
    Residency - Orthopedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015
    Fellowship - Foot and Ankle Surgery, University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic, Memphis, TN, 2016


    Ruta DJ, Kadakia AR, Irwin TA. What are the Patterns of Prophylactic Postoperative Oral Antibiotic Use After Foot and Ankle Surgery? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2014 October.

    Lee JJ, Ruta DJ, Lien JR, Brunfeldt A, Lawton JN, Ozer K. Arcus Venosus Dorsalis Pedis: Morphological Considerations in Use for Superficial Palmar Arch Reconstruction. Journal of Hand Surgery, 2014 September.

    Ruta D, Ozer K. Primary Bone Grafting in Open Fractures with Segmental Bone Loss. Journal of Hand Surgery, 2014 April.

    King BW, Ruta DJ, Irwin TA. Spastic Foot and Ankle Deformities: Evaluation and Treatment. Foot and Ankle Clinics, 2014 March.

    Ruta D, Ozer K. Open Fractures of the Hand with Soft Tissue Loss. Hand Clinics, 2013 November.
    Emerging Leader, American Orthopaedic Association
    Resident Scholar, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    W. Fred Bleck Scholarship, Rush University Medical Center
    Bronze Table Distinction/University Honors, University of Illinois
    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, University of Illinois
    Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award, University of Illinois


    Dr. David Ruta grew up in the Chicago suburbs, enjoying all four seasons and year-round sports. His time in the city, including medical school, provided familiarity with socioeconomic struggle and limited access to healthcare. His response to that reality has included medical outreach throughout medical school and orthopaedic surgical missions in the Dominican Republic during his residency.

    Following his orthopaedic surgery residency, Dr. Ruta completed additional subspecialty fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery. He is especially interested in this field because of its multi-faceted nature, including arthritis, sports injuries, arthroscopy, tendon transfers, trauma, and deformity correction in patients of widely varying ages.

    Dr. Ruta’s academic record has included achievement awards, leadership positions, and research presented at the regional and national levels. He is published in several orthopaedic journals.

    Philosophy of Care
    Dr. Ruta feels that the first step to exceptional orthopedic care is listening to the patient. He works together with them to design a customized plan on how best their activity goals can be achieved, optimizing mobility and function. Dr. Ruta believes patients are best served when they understand all of their treatment options, ranging from bracing or other simple non-operative modifications to advanced surgical interventions. He and his patients can then come to an informed decision together and move toward achieving their goals and maximizing their activity potential.

    Clinical Interests/Expertise

    • Ankle and foot arthritiscartilage injury
    • Deformity (including ankle, heel, and bunions)
    • Fractures, reconstruction, and tendon disorders
    • Total ankle replacement
    • Sports medicine
    • Ankle, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy

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