Philip Rubin honored by the Medical Society of the State of New York

June 01, 1999

Philip Rubin, M.D., director of clinical investigations in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been selected by the Committee on Educational Programs of the Medical Society of the State of New York as the 1999 Albion O. Bernstein, M.D., Award recipient.

Consisting of a $2,000 honorarium and a hand-lettered scroll, the award was presented to Rubin on April 22 in Rye, N.Y., at the House of Delegates meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

The prestigious award was endowed by the late Morris J. Bernstein in memory of his son, a physician who died in an accident while answering a hospital call in 1940. It recognizes distinguished physicians and scientists who have made significant contributions in medicine or surgery, such as Norman E. Shumway, M.D., of Stanford University, who pioneered cardiac transplantation.

Rubin was nominated by Lowell A. Goldsmith, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and by Edward M. Messing, M.D., chair of the Department of Urology at the Medical Center, for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of radiation biology research in the clinical area and for his role as founder of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics.

"It is an honor to receive this award, and I'm particularly delighted to be nominated by my colleagues in medicine and surgery for my investigational and research work in the field of radiation oncology and biology," Rubin said. "I am humbled to join Dr. George Engel, of the Department of Psychiatry, one of our most illustrious faculty and the only other member of our Medical Center so honored."

Rubin joined the University of Rochester Medical Center faculty in 1957. He has served in numerous capacities, including chairman of the Division of Radiation Oncology from 1974-84 and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology from 1984-95. In addition to his role as director of clinical investigations, Rubin is currently a professor of radiation oncology and an associate professor of medicine and surgery.

He has contributed to and authored more than 35 books, including "Clinical Oncology for Medical Students and Physicians: A Multidisciplinary Approach," which worldwide is considered the foremost guide on the study and radiation treatment of cancer. First published in 1967, it is now in its eighth edition.

In addition to founding the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics in 1974, Rubin founded the Journal of Vascular Radiation Therapy in 1998 and Cardiovascular Radiation Medicine in 1999. He also has published more than 300 journal articles and an equal number of abstracts.

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