Mario Cruz, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center

Medical Director

Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
Residency: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chief Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr Mario Cruz - Philadelphia FIGHT


Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. He joins FIGHT after 9 years as an academic pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he led the medical training program as an Associate Residency Program Director.

Currently, Dr. Cruz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, has additional training in Child Abuse Pediatrics through the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Child Abuse Preceptorship and has completed formal training in Educational Scholarship through the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program.

Dr. Cruz has published and presented in the fields of curriculum development, mentorship, quality improvement and violence prevention. He was a key member of the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children HIV Screening Work Group that increased the rate of routine adolescent HIV screening in the primary care clinic from less than 5% to greater than 95%. In addition he has educated hundreds of health care professionals, regionally and nationally, on the practical implementation of Intimate Partner Violence screening.

Dr. Cruz has received many awards for his leadership skills, humanistic traits, and community service efforts. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. He enjoys working with children of all ages and has special expertise in managing families exposed to emotional trauma. Currently, Mario resides in Philadelphia with his wife (Patti) and two children (Dominic and Felix).

Clinical Expertise

Dr Cruz’s expertise is in managing children who have experienced significant emotional trauma.

Research Expertise

Dr. Cruz has research experience in Intimate Partner Violence and Community Violence prevention. He has also published and/or presented in the areas of mentorship, medical education, burnout prevention, and quality improvement.

Board Certifications

Dr. Cruz is board certified in Pediatrics.

Education & Training

Mario Cruz, MD is the Medical Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center. He received his medical training from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. His certificate in Educational Scholarship was obtained from the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program. He also completed Child Abuse training through the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Child Abuse Preceptorship.

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Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center

FIGHT Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center - Dr. Mario Cruz
This NOVEMBER Philadelphia FIGHT will be opening a new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive, primary care to address the physical, emotional and sexual health needs of inner-city children and youth from birth through age 24.