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Deborah J. Rubens, M.D.

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Office: (585) 275-8365

Fax: (585) 276-0294

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Imaging Sciences


Professional Background

Dr. Rubens is Professor and Associate Chair of Imaging Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Stanford University and her M.D. from the University of Rochester. She completed her radiology residency at Rochester General Hospital and a fellowship in Cross-Sectional Imaging at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. At the Medical Center she has served as the Director of Body MRI, headed the Ultrasound Division, and most recently is the Associate Chair of Special Imaging (Ultrasound, Computed Tomography Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Positron Emission Tomography). She holds secondary appointments in Oncology and in Biomedical Engineering and is the Medical Director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound.

Her primary clinical specialties are ultrasound, body Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Her research and academic interests include prostate cancer/sonoelasticity, prostate cancer/diagnostic efficacy, contrast agent development-liver and vascular ultrasound, three-dimensional ultrasound, and US/MR/CT fusion. She recently completed an NIH grant to study 3D ultrasound elastography imaging of prostate cancer as principle investigator. She currently is a co-investigator of an NIH study on prophylaxis of venous thrombosis in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and co-investigator of a clinical study titled "Edoxaban Thrombus Reduction Imaging Study (eTRIS)".

Dr. Rubens is an active member of the National Institutes of Health Diagnostic Radiology Study Section and sits on the editorial board for Ultrasound Quarterly. She reviews for American Journal of Roentgenology, Radiology, Radiographics, and the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. She co-authored Ultrasound Secrets and has authored multiple articles, chapters and monographs for Radiologic Clinics of North America and Ultrasound Clinics of North America. She is the primary or contributing author of over 150 peer reviewed papers.

She is a fellow of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, a fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and a board examiner for the American Board of Radiology. She served as the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Distinguished Scientist from 2006-2007 and continues to lecture nationally and internationally for the recently renamed American Institute of Radiologic Pathology.



MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1984 - 06/30/1985
Fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1981 - 06/30/1984
Fellowship in Radiology, General at Rochester General Hospital

07/01/1980 - 06/30/1981
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/01/1979 - 06/30/1980
Internship in Anesthesiology at University of Rochester Medical Center

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2013 - Present
Volunteer Service Award
Sponsor: American Board of Radiology

2006 - 2007
Distinguished Scientist-Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Location: Washington, DC

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine-Fellow

Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound-Fellow

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Journal Articles

Ali R, Mitcham T, Brickson L, Hu W, Doyley M, Rubens D, Ignjatovic Z, Duric N, Dahl J. "Separation of mainlobe and sidelobe contributions to B-mode ultrasound images based on the aperture spectrum." Journal of medical imaging.. 2022 Nov; 9(6):067001. Epub 2022 Nov 01.

Marini TJ, Weis JM, Baran TM, Kan J, Meng S, Yeo A, Zhao YT, Ambrosini R, Cleary S, Rubens D, Chess M, Castaneda B, Dozier A, O'Connor T, Garra B, Kaproth-Joslin K. "Lung ultrasound volume sweep imaging for respiratory illness: a new horizon in expanding imaging access." BMJ open respiratory research.. 2021 Nov; 8(1)

Gupta A, Croake A, Rubens D, Dogra V. "Do Not Get It Twisted: Common and Uncommon Manifestations of Testicular Torsion." Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.. 2021 Apr 22; Epub 2021 Apr 22.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Ultrasound Imaging and Interventional Treatment of Portal Vein Thrombosis
Book Title: Ultrasound Clinics
Author List: Kaproth-Joslin K, Sharma AK, Rubens DJ
Edited By: Waldman D
Published By: Elsevier, Inc 2013

Chapter Title: "Hepatic Artery After Liver Transplant: Ultrasonographic Diagnosis for Intervention"
Book Title: Ultrasound Clinics
Author List: Fang A, Sharma AK, Rubens DJ
Edited By: Waldman D
Published By: Elsevier, Inc 2013

Chapter Title: "Evaluation of Organ Transplants"
Book Title: Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography
Author List: Mathur M, Ginat DT, Scoutt L, Rubens D
Edited By: Pellerito J & Polak J.
Published By: Elsevier 2012