Debra Rae Gierut, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
Welcome to my Web page! I’m excited to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you and tell you about myself.
I’m originally from Southern California. Growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor. Being an ob-gyn has always been a very natural and comfortable fit. I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s in kinesiology with honors. I received my medical degree from the University of the Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, in Illinois. I did my residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, also in Chicago. I joined the Kaiser Permanente family in 2005 after 11 years in private practice in the suburbs of Chicago. While in Barrington, Illinois, I maintained a busy private practice, served as the department chairman for our local hospital for two years, and volunteered with many local charitable organizations. I’m married, have three beautiful (and occasionally sassy) daughters, three dogs, two birds, and two tortoises. Achieving balance as a physician and surgeon, mother, and wife is my constant challenge, and I’m continuously striving to be better at it.
About my practice
I’m privileged to work with a terrific group of physicians here in Orange County as well as a supportive and compassionate staff of medical assistants and nurses at the San Juan Capistrano Medical Offices. I feel fortunate to be a part of a progressive ob-gyn department, where I can concentrate on my goal of providing quality women’s health care. My philosophy for my practice is quite simple: treat people how you like to be treated.
How I thrive
I’ve always been an athlete, and I continue to try to stay in both physical and mental shape through running. In the past, I’ve led a group of Kaiser Permanente runners for the Disney Half Marathon as well as participated in many local half marathons, 5Ks, and the full Chicago Marathon in 2012. In my free time, I love to be with my family at home, just having fun outside either in the pool, gardening, or running. I love to read—everything from fun romantic fiction to nonfiction biographies and historical works. I’m also a firm believer in having quiet, alone time to rejuvenate my soul.