Ruth Etzel, MD, Ph.D.

Research Director South Central Foundation

Dr. Ruth Etzel is a pediatrician and epidemiologist. She is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service currently stationed at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where she serves as Research Director for the Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native health organization.

Dr. Etzel founded the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Epidemiology and chaired it from 1988 to 1992. She is the Editor of the AAP manual Pediatric Environmental Health and Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. In 2003 she was appointed to the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health. In addition to being board-certified in Pediatrics, Dr. Etzel is also board-certified in Preventive Medicine and served for 9 years on the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Etzel received her Ph.D in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina.