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Department chair

Dr. Bruce K. RubinBruce K. Rubin, M.Engr., M.D., M.B.A., FRCPC

Jessie Ball DuPont Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-chief, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Dr. Rubin received his B.S., Master of Engineering, and M.D. degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. After completing medical studies, he went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar to do postdoctoral research in biomedical engineering. He completed an M.B.A. at the Babcock School of Management, Wake Forest University in 2004. In July 2009, he joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University as the Jessie Ball duPont Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. He is also professor of Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Biophysics at VCU.

Dr. Rubin is on the editorial board of 12 pulmonary journals. He has published more than 200 research papers and chapters and holds six patents. Dr. Rubin received the ACCP Young Investigator award in 1989, the Critical Care Research Award in 1990 and the Alfred Soffer Award for Editorial Excellence in 2004. He received the Prix Extraordinaire by the International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology in 2008, the Forrest Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement award by the AARC in 2008, gave the Donald Egan Memorial Lecture at the 2009 AARC meeting and the Phil Kittredge Memorial lecture in 2011. In 2011 he received the Robert A. Bageant Award from the Virginia Society for Respiratory Care. He is listed in Who’s Who in the United States, The Best Doctors in America, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Pediatric Association, and the AARC and a trustee of the American Respiratory Care Foundation.

Dr. Rubin’s research is regulation of mucus clearance in health and disease, airway immune modulation and aerosol delivery of medications. He directs the only mucus clearance clinic in North America for the assessment and treatment of adults and children with difficulty to manage mucus problems as well as a dedicated pediatric chronic cough clinic. The goal of his research group is to develop new therapies for asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis and plastic bronchitis. Dr. Rubin is also a magician, elected to membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians. In the past 20 years, he has performed and taught “medical magic” in 24 countries on five continents.