Co-Founder and Former Chairman of Cure CMD (2009-2012), she oversees the annual Cure CMD grant program, scientific conferences, biobanks, registry and visits local clinics.
Anne works with clinicians and scientists worldwide to support current CMD research and evaluate opportunities for the CMDIR patients to participate in clinical research. Dr. Rutkowski is a practicing, board certified emergency medicine physician in Los Angeles.
Dr. Rutkowski’s daughter has congenital muscular dystrophy, dystroglycanopathy subtype.
Dr. Rutkowski graduated from the University of California Irvine Medical Schooland was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She attended Bryn Mawr College as an undergraduate, graduating Magna cum laude with Honors in Biology. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Rutkowski taught for 3 years in an inner city elementary school in Los Angeles, as part of Teach for America.
She would like to shrink the diagnostic odyssey, see improvements and standardization of guidelines in medical care for all patients with CMD,and a focused approach to identifying therapeutic targets. As a former teacher, education and improved disease awareness are two further areas of focus for Cure CMD.