Rita Galin

  • Job Title: Supervisor, Russian Interpreter
  • Education: MD, Tartu State University
  • Certifications: CMI-Russian
  • Language: Russian, Hebrew, English


Rita was born in Estonia, but her native language is Russian. She has a medical degree from Tartu State University (Tartu, Estonia), one of the oldest universities in Europe. She completed an internship in Neurology and Neurosurgery, attended and completed Adolescent Pathophysiology courses in Continuing Medical Education Institute, and worked as a Neurologist at the Adolescent Outpatient Clinic in Tallinn, Estonia. Rita’s clinical interests are in Adolescent Neurologic Pathophysiology as well as Young Adult Psychology.

Rita has worked for the University of Michigan Health System since 1995 as a Medical Interpreter, and was one of the first two staff Medical Interpreters at UMHS. Not only does Rita provide medical interpreting and translation services, but she also help our patients with a variety of issues such as insurances, disability, public health care, grief counseling, social work, and more. Rita works closely with Russian-speaking community of Ann Arbor.

In 2007, Rita was appointed as Lead Interpreter and is now a Supervisor of the Spanish and Russian Medical Interpreter groups. She has presented on Cultural Specifics and Differences between medical systems in the former Soviet Union and the US. She has assisted in the creation of a video training on clear communications with LEP patients through an Interpreter for medical students at UMHS.

Rita is one of the creators of and the only instructor of the UMHS Interpreter Services course Medical Terminology and Body Systems, a 40-hour training that is national accredited by CCHI. She is also a member of the Diversity at the End of Life Committee at UMHS.

In her spare time, Rita enjoys music (she is an usher for the University Musical Society), movies, and travel.


Medical Terminology and Body Systems

Interpreting in Palliative Care

“I like being old! It has set me free!” Interpreting for Older Adults