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Dr. David Ruta

(218) 249-6360
Primary Specialties
  • Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
     (Board Certified)
  • 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
    Medical Degree (M.D) - Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    Residency - Orthopedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Fellowship - Foot and Ankle Surgery, Campbell Clinic Orthopedics, Memphis, TN


    Ruta DJ, Morris MS, Pigott MT, Biermann JS, Irwin, TA, Holmes JR. Implementation of a Service-specific Template Integrating OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and ACGME Milestones: One Institution’s Experience. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgical Advances. 2017 November

    Ruta DJ, Villarreal AD, Richardson DR. Orthopaedic Surgical Options for Joint Cartilage Repair and Restoration. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics. 2016 November.

    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.
    ABOS Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    Emerging Leader, American Orthopedic Association
    Resident Scholar, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society
    Administrative Chief Resident, University of Michigan Orthopedic Surgery
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, University of Illinois
    Bronze Table Distinction/University Honors, University of Illinois
    Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award, University of Illinois
    W. Fred Bleck Scholarship, Rush University Medical Center


    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 orthopedic surgical missions in the Dominican Republic during his residency.

    Following his orthopedic surgery residency, Dr. Ruta completed additional subspecialty fellowship training in foot and ankle orthopedic 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 orthopedic 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 arthritis
    • Ankle and foot cartilage and sports injuries
    • Deformity (including ankle, heel, and bunions)
    • Fractures, reconstruction, and tendon disorders
    • Total ankle replacement
    • Sports medicine
    • Ankle arthroscopy

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