• Andrea T. Cruz, MD

    Cruz Andrea

    Department or Service

    Department of Pediatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine

    Specialty

    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

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

    Medical School

    Vanderbilt University, Doctor of Medicine, 2001

    Internship

    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, 2002

    Residency

    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, 2004

    Fellowship

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

    From Dr. Cruz

    Dr. Cruz completed fellowships in pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric infectious diseases, as well as an MPH in epidemiology with a focus on global health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. She is research chief for pediatric emergency medicine (PEM), focusing on advancing the clinical research within PEM by fellows and faculty, as well as assisting in establishing collaborations with colleagues within and outside of the Department of Pediatrics. She is the co-site principal investigator for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), a network of 18 academic tertiary care pediatric emergency departments throughout the United States. Her personal research interests include diagnosis of infectious diseases in the emergency department, optimizing the treatment of septic shock, and childhood tuberculosis.

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

      Objectives:  

    •  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

    Dr. Cruz only sees patients in the Emergency Center and in the Children's Tuberculosis Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital. Appointments in TB Clinic need to be arranged through a child's primary care provider or the health department. Parents cannot self-refer to the TB Clinic.

    Professional Organizations

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

    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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