Dr. Rubin served as Jesse Ball DuPont Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 2009 - 2020 and Physician in Chief of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU from 2010-2020. He is also a Professor in the VCU College of Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Biophysics. 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. He has been named a Virginia Eminent Scholar in 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 is a Rhodes Scholar, and conducted postdoctoral work in biomedical engineering at Oxford University. He also earned an MBA at Wake Forest University. He is a member of Board of the Virginia March of Dimes, The Virginia Board of Health Professions, the VCU Center for Communication and Health, the International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology (CIPP), and the American Respiratory Care Foundation, and he is Medical Advisor to the Virginia Society of Respiratory Care. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Rubin received the Forest Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award as well as the Jimmy A. Young Medal from the AARC, the Prix extraordinaire from CIPP and he is a Prix Galien Laurate. He holds honorary appointments in four medical schools, is on the editorial board of 11 journals, has published more than 300 original research papers and chapters, and holds 10 patents. His research focus is regulation of mucus clearance in health and disease, airway inflammation and immunomodulation, cough and aerosol delivery of medications.
Dr. Rubin is also a magician, elected to membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Wizard Award) and over the past 25 years has taught medical magic in 40 countries on 5 continents.