• Andrea T. Cruz, MD

    Cruz Andrea

    Department or Service

    Department of Pediatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine


    Emergency Medicine

    Primary Location

    Texas Children's Hospital

    Also sees patients at

    Texas Children's Hospital West Campus

    Contact Information

    6621 Fannin St.
    Suite A2210
    Houston, TX 77030
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    Phone: 832-824-5497
    Fax:  832-825-5424

    Associate Research Co-Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Texas Children's Hospital
    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

    Medical School

    Vanderbilt University, Doctor of Medicine, 2001


    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, 2002


    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, 2004


    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Disease, 2005
    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2005

    From Dr. Cruz

    Now having completed her combined fellowships in pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Cruz is Associate Director of Research in the section of emergency medicine and helps supervise fellow research projects. In December 2009, she completed an MPH at the University of Texas in epidemiology with a focus on global health. Dr. Cruz is interested in the epidemiology and management of tuberculosis in pediatric patients. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial infections, diagnostic tools for the evaluation of children with suspected tuberculosis, and rapid viral diagnostic testing acute care setting.

     Goal: To provide state-of-the-art health care to children seeking emergent services. 


    • Deliver individualized, high-quality health care to the emergently ill or injured children 
    • Advance excellence in emergency pediatrics through innovations in research 
    • Provide world-class education and training in pediatric emergency medicine 
    • Advance the causes of safety and security for all children through advocacy for their medical, physical and emotional needs 

    Please note that Dr. Cruz only sees patients in the Emergency Center and does not accept appointments. 

    Professional Organizations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • American Board of Pediatrics
    • American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board in Infectious Diseases
    • American College of Emergency Physicians
    • International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

    Selected Publications

    Cruz AT, Starke JR. A current review of infection control for childhood tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2011 Dec;91 Suppl 1:S11-5. Epub 2011 Nov 11. Review. PMID: 22079589.

    Cruz AT, Starke JR. Increasing adherence for latent tuberculosis infection therapy with health department-administered therapy.Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 2012 Feb;31(2):193-5. PMID:21979799.

    Cruz AT, Ong LT, Starke JR. Emergency department presentation of children with tuberculosis.Academic Emergency Medicine 2011 Jul;18(7):726-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01112.x. PMID: 21762235.

    Chu TT, Groh J, Cruz AT. Cerebrospinal fluid findings in infants with pertussis or parapertussis(1)).Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 2011 Aug;49(8):1341-4. Epub 2011 Jun 13. PMID: 21663570.

    Cruz AT, Medina D, Whaley EM, Ware KM, Koy TH, Starke JR. Tuberculosis among families of children with suspected tuberculosis and employees at a children's hospital.Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2011 Feb;32(2):188-90. PMID: 21460477. 

    * Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.

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