Dr. Rutecki was born in Chicago, Illinois and received his MD (cum laude) from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed graduate training in Internal Medicine and a year of Nephrology fellowship at The Ohio State University and finished his fellowship at the University of Minnesota. His medical career has included Nephrology practice, accompanied by educational roles at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (The E. Stephen Kurtides Chair of Medical Education and Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine), and the University of South Alabama.
He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a former Fellow of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. He has been honored with Teaching Awards including “Master Teacher” at NEOUCOM, Ohio Master Teacher, American College of Physicians, the George W. Joost Award, Northwestern University, in addition to Visiting Professorships at the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, University of Florida, and The Gresham Lectureship at Kentucky Christian University. Dr. Rutecki has been included multiple times in the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to Top Physicians for Internal Medicine and has been identified by the International Association of Internists as one of “The Leading Physicians of the World.” The New York Times, Baltimore Sun, and Fox National TV News have interviewed him on issues related to lifestyle-driven career choices by medical students and transplant ethics. He has published over 90 peer review articles and 20 book chapters.
Dr. Rutecki has been married to Janis for forty years. They have two sons (Jared and John), two granddaughters (Milla & Lyla), and a grandson (Cameron). They currently reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Dr. Rutecki is a former Fellow (2010-2014) of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.