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Eugene H. Rubin, MD, PhD

Eugene H. Rubin, MD, PhD

Eugene H. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., is professor of psychiatry and vice-chairman for education in the Department of Psychiatry. A highly successful and strongly principled educator, researcher, administrator and clinician, he enthusiastically promotes the field of psychiatry and medical education.

Rubin has spent his entire medical career at Washington University. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1971, he entered Washington University’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), earning his doctoral degree in pharmacology in 1977 and his medical degree a year later. The first Washington University MSTP graduate to enter psychiatry, he was named chief resident in 1982. He joined the faculty in 1983 and became a professor in 1992.

Rubin is a senior clinical investigator at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and also is involved in studies examining the interrelationship of depression and medical disorders. A distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Rubin champions integrating basic and clinical science with strong clinical skills.

Rubin has been vice-chairman for education in the Department of Psychiatry for the past 16 years. Beginning in 1987, he directed the Psychiatry Residency Program for 20 years — the longest tenure in the program’s history. He developed a curriculum that strengthened all aspects of teaching, and under his leadership the program became known for its ability to attract outstanding trainees. Rubin teaches psychopharmacology, the history of psychiatry, general inpatient rounds, emergency-room rounds, and a year-long session on geriatric psychiatry and pharmacology. Recently he launched an initiative to teach psychopharmacology to undergraduates through the Department of Psychology and is developing ways to educate the community about psychiatric disorders.

A valued mentor, Rubin maintains an open-door policy, providing clinical guidance and showing, in a resident’s words, “a high degree of compassion for those undergoing residency training.”

Published: 01/17/2009