Paul T. Rubery, M.D.

Paul T. Rubery, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 665
Rochester, NY 14642

Fax: (585) 756-4726
Administrative: (585) 275-2787

Lab Information

The Center for Musculoskeletal Research houses nearly 70 MD and PhD researchers and graduate and post-doctoral students. This team has been the top orthopaedics lab in the United States since 2006.

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Professional Bio

Director of the University of Rochester Spine Center, Dr. Rubery is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is also Chief of the Division of Spinal Surgery, Director of the Louis A. Goldstein Fellowship in spinal Surgery and Associate Chair of Orthopaedics for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Rubery received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. Dr. Rubery completed fellowship training at the University of Rochester. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Rubery's special interests include scoliosis, complex spinal reconstruction, minimally invasive spine surgery and tumors and trauma of the spine.

Research Bio

The use of gene transfer to improve cartilage repair, ligament healing, and restoration of various additional tissues, including tendon and meniscus shows great promise. Other applications include intervertebral disc degeneration, aseptic loosening, osteoporosis, genetic diseases, and orthopaedic tumors. Dr. Rubery's research focuses on finding gene delivery systems that can mediate site-specific transduction restricted to within the margins of the defect during routine arthroscopy. He serves as a consulting scientist for LAGeT Musculoskeletal, LLC in the development of a technology process, termed LAGT (Light Activated Gene Therapy) for articular and meniscal cartilage repair, ligament and tendon healing and enhanced spinal fusion.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Best Doctors in America for Spinal Surgery 2009
POCNY research prize for best resident paper at Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York annual research night 1993
T.Campbell Thompson Prize in Orthopaedics, Cornell University Medical College 1988
Alpha Omega Alpha, Cornell University Medical College 1987
Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, The Johns Hopkins University 1984

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 15 available »

Perlmutter,D. H.; Campbell,S.; Rubery,P. T.; Vates,E. G.; Silberstein,H. J.;. "Aneurysmal bone cyst: surgical management in the pediatric cervical spine". Spine. 2009; 34(1): E50-3.
Andersson,G. B.; Bridwell,K. H.; Danielsson,A.; Dolan,L. A.; Everett,C. R.; Fisher,C. G.; Mercado,E.; Mulpuri,K.; Richards,B. S.; Rubery,P. T.; Sponseller,P. D.; Weinstein,J. N.;. "Evidence-based medicine summary statement". Spine. 2007; 32(19 Suppl): S64-5.
Reynolds,D. G.; Hock,C.; Shaikh,S.; Jacobson,J.; Zhang,X.; Rubery,P. T.; Beck,C. A.; O'keefe,R. J.; Lerner,A. L.; Schwarz,E. M.; Awad,H. A.;. "Micro-computed tomography prediction of biomechanical strength in murine structural bone grafts". J.Biomech. 2007; 40(14): 3178-3186.
Xie,C.; Reynolds,D.; Awad,H.; Rubery,P. T.; Pelled,G.; Gazit,D.; Guldberg,R. E.; Schwarz,E. M.; O'Keefe,R. J.; Zhang,X.;. "Structural bone allograft combined with genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells as a novel platform for bone tissue engineering". Tissue Eng. 2007; 13(3): 435-445.
Maloney,M. D.; Goater,J. J.; Parsons,R.; Ito,H.; O'Keefe,R. J.; Rubery,P. T.; Drissi,M. H.; Schwarz,E. M.;. "Safety and efficacy of ultraviolet-a light-activated gene transduction for gene therapy of articular cartilage defects". J.Bone Joint Surg.Am. 2006; 88(4): 753-761.

Current Appointments

Chair - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary Administrative
Marjorie Strong Wehle Professor in Orthopaedics - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD)
Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Medicine | Cornell University Medical College1988
BA | Biology | Johns Hopkins University1984

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Spinal surgery-Richard Burton, MD at University of Rochester Medical Center09/01/1993 - 06/30/1994
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery-Andrew T. Weiland, MD at Hospital for Special Surgery09/01/1989 - 06/30/1993
Internship in General surgery-Tom Shires, MD at New York Hospital09/01/1988 - 06/30/1989