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Bruce K. Rubin, MEngr, MD, MBA, FRCPC

Bruce K. Rubin, MEngr, MD, MBA, FRCPC

Jessie Ball duPont Distinguished
Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, CHoR

Cystic Fibrosis Center
Pulmonary Medicine

Nelson Clinic, 1st floor

Appointments: (804) 828-2982
Fax: Clinic: (804) 828-2983 Office: (804) 828-2062

Board Certifications


Medical School

M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine


Tulane University and The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada


The Hospital for Sick Children


Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, England

Areas of Interest

Mucus clearance disorders
The technology dependent child
Aerosol therapy
Cystic fibrosis
Severe asthma
Chronic cough
Plastic bronchitis


Dr. Rubin was named chair of the Department of Pediatrics in 2009 and holds a professorship in the VCU School of Engineering. Dr. Rubin came to VCU after 12 years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was professor and vice chair for research in the pediatrics department, professor of physiology and pharmacology and professor of biomedical engineering with the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

Dr. Rubin is a pediatric pulmonary expert and was the recipient of a number of honors, including the 2008 Forrest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award, a top research honor given by the American Respiratory Care Foundation and the American Association of Respiratory Care. He is on the editorial board of 12 pulmonary journals, has published more than 200 research papers and chapters and holds five patents. He is listed in Who?s Who in Science and Engineering and Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Rubin?s specific clinical and research interests include cystic fibrosis, childhood asthma and other chronic lung diseases. Dr. Rubin and his research team study aerosol therapy for lung diseases, airway inflammation and excessive mucus that contributes to lung disease.

Prior to joining the Wake Forest University faculty, Dr. Rubin was a professor and clinician at St. Louis University School of Medicine; at the University of Alberta, Canada, department of pediatrics; and at Queen?s University at Kingston, Ontario?s department of pediatrics.

Dr. Rubin received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in math and physics, Master of Engineering and medical degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. He was a Rhodes Scholar, conducting postdoctoral work in biomedical engineering at Oxford University. He also earned an M.B.A. at Wake Forest University.

In addition, Dr. Rubin is an enthusiastic magician, with membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Rubin said that, as he has done in the past, he intends to teach magic to medical school interns and residents.

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