Rebecca Gruchalla, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

  • William A. Sellars, M.D., and Joyce M. Sellars Distinguished Chair in Allergy and Immunology
  • Internal Medicine - Allergy and Immunology

Biography

Rebecca S. Gruchalla, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology. She specializes in pediatric asthma.

Originally from Houston, Dr. Gruchalla holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She earned her doctorate in immunology and her medical degree at UT Southwestern. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her fellowship in allergy and immunology training at UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Gruchalla joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1990. She holds the William A. Sellars M.D. and Joyce M. Sellars Distinguished Chair in Allergy and Immunology.

Her clinical research focuses on inner-city pediatric asthma. Dr. Gruchalla has been leading NIAID-funded studies on inner-city pediatric asthma since 1994, and served as the Dallas site director of the multisite Inner City Asthma Consortium through 2021.

Her investigations have resulted in more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, reviews, editorials, and book chapters. Additionally, she has presented her findings at scientific conferences throughout the United States and around the world.

Dr. Gruchalla is a past board member of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, where she is a Fellow and also serves on the credential and awards committees. She also is an active member of the Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, the Texas Medical Association and the American Thoracic Society.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1988-1991), Allergy & Immunology
  • Residency - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1986-1988), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1985-1986), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (1981-1985)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2011-2022
  • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist 2020
  • Texas Super Doctor 2017, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Women’s Involvement in the AAAAI 2007, Special Recognition Award
  • Gail G. Shapiro Memorial Lectureship 2007, Lectureship Award
  • AAAAI Special Recognition Award 2004, Editorial Award
  • Aventis/AAAAI Women Physician in Allergy Grant Award 2003, Research Award
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim AAAI/NIAID 1992, Research Award
Books & Publications
Research
  • Pediatric Asthma Clinical Research