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Dr. Anu Partap

Anu Partap, MD, MPH has been a pediatrician for over 20 years, serving predominantly in safety net pediatric health care systems. She is Indian American, a St. Louis Native, and has lived in Texas since 2007. Since 2020, she has served as the medical director of health equity at Cook Children’s Health Care System.

She completed medical school at University of Missouri Kansas City Six Year Program and her pediatric residency in Phoenix, followed by a HRSA research fellowship to study the impact of family violence on children, a focus that has remained to this day. She completed a Master of Public Health at University of Arizona while also training on the Gila River Indian Reservation for two years.

From 2000-2006, she launched the Arizona Center for Community Pediatrics to expand pediatric services, research, and medical education to reduce child health disparities. She served in appointed roles in Arizona including The Governor’s Office across two Governors, Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid, and the Arizona Supreme Court.

After moving to Texas, she served as the Foster Care Clinic Medical Director at University of Texas Southwestern and helped launch the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Health. During this time, she also served as a consultant for Texas Health and Human Services Commission and DFPS on foster care health. In 2018, she joined Cook Children’s as Medical Director of the Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and Chair of the Tarrant County ACES Task Force before assuming her new role as medical director of health equity.

Over her career, Anu has led over $25 million in funding to collaboratively launch new integrated clinics, family violence prevention programs, medical education and community-based programs to improve the care of families living with adversities.

She serves on the Boards of Texas Pediatric Society and TexProtects, the Advisory Group for Violence Prevention for DFPS and on the Executive Committee of the Council of Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She speaks locally and nationally to help practitioners address early intervention, trauma-informed practice, and family support.

Her current hobby is making sure people are informed to get their COVID-19 vaccine, if they are eligible. Hers went just fine.