Natasha M. Ruth MD, MSProfessor of Pediatrics, Division Director and Program Director, Pediatric Rheumatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
Dr. Natasha Ruth grew up on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and is a graduate of Davidson College. She obtained her medical degree from the University of South Carolina and completed her pediatric residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina. She completed her pediatric rheumatology fellowship training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital during which time she also earned a Master of Science in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. She is currently the Division Director of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Medical University of South Carolina where she also serves as the Fellowship Director.
Dr. Ruth is a highly regarded clinician and has a special interest in the care of children with lupus. She has won numerous awards for teaching and mentorship. Her research interest is also in pediatric lupus and specifically in CNS lupus and lupus nephritis. She is recognized for establishing a partnership with pediatric nephrology and integrating their expertise into the pediatric lupus nephritis working group of the Childhood Arthritis Rheumatology Research Alliance. She is passionate about finding creative ways to improve access to care for young women with lupus and in improving health care disparities.
Dr. Ruth is also currently the Co-Director for the Program on Physician Well-Being at the Medical University of South Carolina where she utilizes qualitative research techniques to develop evidence-based approaches to prevent burnout and improve physician well-being.