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David Ruta,MD

Primary Service
  • Orthopedics & Sports Medicine


Additional Services
  • Orthopedic Surgery
Areas of Interest

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

College
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Medical School
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Residency
  • Orthopedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Fellowship
  • Foot and Ankle Sports and Reconstruction, Campbell Clinic Orthopedics, Memphis, TN
 
Biography

Board certification
Orthopedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Philosophy of care
"The first step to exceptional orthopedic care is listening to the patient. I work together with my patients to design a customized plan on how best their activity goals can be achieved, optimizing mobility and function. I believe patients are best served when they understand all of their treatment options, ranging from supports or other simple non-operative modifications to advanced surgical interventions. My patients and I can then come to an informed decision together and move toward achieving their goals and maximizing their activity potential."

Why Dr. Ruta went into medicine
"The combination of serving others and the opportunity to keep people active and on their feet."

Hometown
Chicago, IL

Hobbies
Activities with family, staying active, live music and community service

Background
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.

Background
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.

Publications
Ruta DJ, Ellis RT, Grear BJ, Ishikawa SN, Richardson DR, Murphy GA. Headless Compression Screw Fixation of Fifth Metatarsal Jones Fractures: A Clinical and Radiographic Comparison to Headed Partially Threaded Screw Fixation. (Manuscript accepted to Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery).

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 Winter; 26(4):257-261.

Ruta DJ, Villarreal AD, Richardson DR. Orthopaedic Surgical Options for Joint Cartilage Repair and Restoration. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics. 2016 November. 27(4):1019-1042. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2016.06.007.

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; 472(10):3204-13. doi: 10.1007/s11999-014-3733-4. Pubmed ID: 24942966.
• Published commentary: Baumhauer JF. CORR Insights: What are the patterns of prophylactic postoperative oral antibiotic use after foot and ankle surgery? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2014 Oct;472(10):3214-5. doi: 10.1007/s11999-014-3790-8. Epub 2014 Jul 16.

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; pii: S0363-5023(14)01163-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.08.020. Pubmed ID: 25262338.

Ruta D, Ozer K. Primary Bone Grafting in Open Fractures with Segmental Bone Loss. Journal of Hand Surgery, 2014 April; 39(4):779-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.07.011. Pubmed ID: 24041617.

King BW, Ruta DJ, Irwin TA. Spastic Foot and Ankle Deformities: Evaluation and Treatment. Foot and Ankle Clinics, 2014 March; 19(1):97-111. doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2013.10.007. Pubmed ID: 24548513.

Ruta D, Ozer K. Open Fractures of the Hand with Soft Tissue Loss. Hand Clinics, 2013 November; 29(4):551-67. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2013.08.008. Pubmed ID: 24209953.

Posters and Podium Presentations
Yeoh J, Ruta DJ, Murphy GA, Richardson DR, Ishikawa SN, Grear BJ, Bettin C, Smith R. Post-Operative Use of the Wheeled Knee-Walker after Foot and Ankle Surgery. Podium presentation. Canadian Orthopaedic Association/CORS/CORA Annual Meeting; Victoria, British Columbia: June 20-23, 2018.

Yeoh J, Ruta DJ, Murphy GA, Richardson DR, Ishikawa SN, Grear BJ, Bettin C, Smith R. Post-Operative Use of the Wheeled Knee-Walker after Foot and Ankle Surgery. Poster presentation. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting; New Orleans, Louisiana: March 6-10, 2018.

Yeoh J, Ruta DJ, Murphy GA, Richardson DR, Ishikawa SN, Grear BJ, Bettin C. Post-Operative Use of the Knee-Walker After Foot and Ankle Surgery, A Retrospective Study. E-poster presentation. American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting; Seattle, Washington: July 12-15, 2017.

Ruta DJ, Ellis RT, Grear BJ, Ishikawa SN, Richardson DR, Murphy GA. The Influence of Metatarsus Adductus Angle on Fifth Metatarsal Jones Fractures. Podium presentation; Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting; Amelia Island, Florida: April 21, 2017.

Ruta DJ, Ellis RT, Grear BJ, Ishikawa SN, Richardson DR, Murphy GA. Headless Compression Screw Fixation of Fifth Metatarsal Jones Fractures: A Clinical and Radiographic Comparison to Headed Partially Threaded Screw Fixation. Poster presentation; Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting; Amelia Island, Florida: April 19-23, 2017.

Ruta DJ, Ellis RT, Grear BJ, Ishikawa SN, Richardson DR, Murphy GA. Headless Compression Screw Fixation of Fifth Metatarsal Jones Fractures: A Clinical and Radiographic Comparison to Headed Partially Threaded Screw Fixation. Podium presentation; American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Specialty Day; San Diego, California: March 18, 2017.

Ruta DJ, Morris MS, Irwin, TA, Holmes JR. Implementation of a service-specific template integrating OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) milestones: one institution’s experience. Podium presentation; Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: April 22-25, 2015.

Ruta DJ, Morris MS, Irwin, TA, Holmes JR. Implementation of a service-specific template integrating OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) milestones: one institution’s experience. Poster presentation; Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting; Mackinac Island, Michigan: June 12-14, 2014.

Lee JJ, Lien JR, Ruta DJ, Brunfeldt A, Ozer K. Superficial Dorsal Foot Vein Valves: Consideration in Use for Palmar Arch Reconstruction. Podium presentation; Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting; San Antonio, Texas: April 23-27, 2014.

Lee JJ, Lien JR, Ruta DJ, Brunfeldt A, Ozer K. Superficial Dorsal Foot Vein Valves: Consideration in Use for Palmar Arch Reconstruction. E-Poster presentation; American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting; San Francisco, California: October 3-5, 2013.

Ruta DJ, Lee JJ, Lien JR, Brunfeldt A, Ozer K. Mapping the Superficial Dorsal Foot Veins: Considerations for Palmar Arch Reconstruction in the Hand. Poster presentation; Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting; Mackinac Island, Michigan: June 20-23, 2013.

Ruta DJ, Irwin TA, Kadakia AR. Current Trends in Prophylactic Antibiotic Use Following Elective Outpatient Foot and Ankle Surgery. Poster presentation; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting; Chicago, Illinois: March 19-23, 2013.
• Selected for the Foot and Ankle Guided Poster Tour: March 21, 2013.

Ruta DJ, Irwin TA. Current Trends Among AOFAS Members in the Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics Following Elective Outpatient Foot and Ankle Surgery. Poster presentation; Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting; Mackinac Island, Michigan: June 15-17, 2012.

Kirk SS, Gitelis S, Ruta DJ, Filardo G, Hakimiyan AA, Rappoport L, Cole BJ, Chubinskaya S. New Insight into Allograft Cartilage: Lessons to be Considered. Poster presentation; Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting; Long Beach, California: January 13-16, 2011.

Kirk SS, Ruta DJ, Meininger AK, Filardo G, Hakimiyan AA, Rappoport L, Cole BJ, Kurz A, Chubinskaya S. Osteochondral Allograft: Is it an Active Tissue or Just a Scaffold? Podium presentation; 9th World Congress of the International Cartilage Repair Society; Sitges, Spain: September 26-29, 2010.

Kirk SS, Ruta DJ, Meininger AK, Filardo G, Hakimiyan AA, Rappoport L, Cole BJ, Chubinskaya S. Osteochondral Allograft: Is it an Active Tissue or Just a Scaffold? Poster presentation; Annual Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation; Chicago, Illinois: April 14-15, 2010.

Ruta DJ, Meininger AK, Hakimiyan AA, McNickle A, Cole BJ, Chubinskaya S. Effects of Pro-Inflammatory Mediators on Metabolism of Osteochondral Allograft Cartilage. Podium presentation; Cleveland Clinic Cartilage Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio: May 7-10, 2008.

Ruta DJ, Meininger AK, Hakimiyan AA, McNickle A, Cole BJ, Chubinskaya S. Effects of Pro-Inflammatory Mediators on Metabolism of Osteochondral Allograft Cartilage. Poster presentation; Annual Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation; Chicago, Illinois: April 23-24, 2008.

Awards
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - 2018
Administrative Chief Resident, University of Michigan Orthopaedic Residency – 2014-2015
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leader - 2014
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) Resident Scholar - 2013
W. Fred Bleck Merit Scholarship, Rush University - 2010
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Rush University - 2009
Bronze Tablet Distinction/University Honors, University of Illinois (top 3% of graduating class) - 2006
Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award, University of Illinois - 2006
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, University of Illinois - 2005
National Scholars Honor Society - 2003
Valedictorian, High School Class of 2001