Deborah C. Rubin, MD, AGAF
Deborah C. Rubin, MD, AGAF, professor of medicine and of developmental biology, is held in the highest regard as an outstanding mentor for physician scientists, particularly women, on the local and national level.
Rubin, an international authority on intestinal development and adaptation, conducts basic research on the formation, maintenance and repair of small intestine following disease-induced injury. As an accomplished clinician and basic scientist, her career is a model for clinical fellows wishing to meld research into their clinical careers.
Colleagues and trainees consider Rubin a highly effective and committed mentor. Trainees point to her contagious enthusiasm as a major reason they chose Washington University; they consider the stimulating, challenging, and supportive environment that Rubin provides to be instrumental in promoting their professional growth.
Rubin holds important educational leadership positions at Washington University, including serving as chair of the MA/MD program and coursemaster of the second-year medical school Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathophysiology and Nutrition course. Rubin also received the Academic Women’s Network 2009 Mentor Award. On the national level, she has played a major role in mentoring women by establishing a mentorship program as chair of the American Gastroenterological Association’s Committee on Women.
Rubin earned her bachelor’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1981. She performed her internship and residency at Barnes Hospital and Washington University. She rounded out her medical training at Washington University with a clinical and research fellowship in gastroenterology in 1988. She joined the faculty that same year. She is a member of many National Institutes of Health study sections and holds editorial responsibilities with several professional journals. She has been honored with numerous leadership roles with the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Physiological Society.