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Paul T. Rubery, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-2787

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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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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Patient Care Settings

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Pediatrics

Biography

Dr. Paul T. Rubery is the Marjorie Strong Wehle Professor of Orthopaedics and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in scoliosis and spine surgery in both children and adults. Dr. Rubery has extensive experience with minimally invasive techniques, spinal trauma and tumors, as well as more complex reconstructive spinal surgery. Dr. Rubery has participated in research teams investigating a range of questions in Orthopaedics from gene therapy to patient based outcomes.

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. He completed fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of Rochester. Dr. Rubery joined URMC's faculty in 1994 and led the Division of Spinal Surgery from 1999 – 2015. In 2000, He became Director of the URMC Spine Center, a multi-disciplinary clinical service treating nearly 25,000 patients with spine disorders each year. In 2007, Dr. Rubery was named the Department of Orthopaedics Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs. He became Acting Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in September 2014. As Acting Chair, he led the successful recruitment of surgeons specializing in trauma, total joint replacement, and hand surgery, as well as a sports medicine specialist.

Dr. Rubery is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of many prestigious spine societies and has authored numerous journal articles. Dr. Rubery maintains his clinic, research, and teaching responsibilities in addition to his duties as chairman of the department.

Research

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.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Education

1984
BA | Johns Hopkins University
Biology

1988
MD | Cornell University Medical College
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1993 - 06/30/1994
Fellowship in Spine Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center - GME Office

09/01/1989 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery-Andrew T. Weiland, MD at Hospital for Special Surgery

09/01/1988 - 06/30/1989
Internship in General surgery-Tom Shires, MD at New York Hospital

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Awards

2010
Graduate of Distinction
Sponsor: Palmyra Macedon Central School

2009
Best Doctors in America for Spinal Surgery

2009
Provost's Multidisciplinary Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

1993
POCNY Research Prize
Sponsor: Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York

1988
T. Campbell Thompson Prize in Orthopaedics
Sponsor: Cornell University Medical College

1987
Alpha Omega Alpha
Sponsor: Cornell University Medical College

1984
Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society
Sponsor: The John Hopkins University

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Patents

Patent Title: Method For Introducing An Ultraviolet Light Activated Viral Vector Into The Spinal Column
Patent #: 7,704,272
Issue Date: Apr 27, 2010
Country: United States
Invented By: Paul T Rubery, Edward M Schwarz

Patent Title: Light Probe for Ultraviolet Light Activated Gene Transduction
Patent #: 2004209919
Issue Date: Apr 17, 2008
Country: Australia
Invented By: Thomas H Foster, Michael Maloney, Paul T Rubery, Edward M Schwarz

Patent Title: Light Activated Gene Transduction (LAGeT) for Cell Targeted Gene Delivery
Patent #: CH1867715
Issue Date: Mar 18, 2009
Country: Switzerland/Liechtenstein
Invented By: Jarod C Finlay, Thomas H Foster, Regis O'Keefe, Paul T Rubery, Edward M Schwarz

Patent Title: Light Activated Gene Transduction (LAGeT) for Cell Targeted Gene Delivery
Patent #: GB1867715
Issue Date: Mar 18, 2009
Country: United Kingdom
Invented By: Jarod C Finlay, Thomas H Foster, Regis O'Keefe, Paul T Rubery, Edward M Schwarz

Patent Title: Light Activated Gene Transduction (LAGeT) for Cell Targeted Gene Delivery
Patent #: DE1867715
Issue Date: Mar 18, 2009
Country: Germany
Invented By: Jarod C Finlay, Thomas H Foster, Regis O'Keefe, Paul T Rubery, Edward M Schwarz

Patent Title: Light Activated Gene Transduction (LAGeT) for Cell Targeted Gene Delivery
Patent #: IT1867715
Issue Date: Mar 18, 2009
Country: Italy
Invented By: Jarod C Finlay, Thomas H Foster, Regis O'Keefe, Paul T Rubery, Edward M Schwarz

Patent Title: Light Activated Gene Transduction (LAGeT) for Cell Targeted Gene Delivery
Patent #: FR1867715
Issue Date: Mar 18, 2009
Country: France
Invented By: Jarod C Finlay, Thomas H Foster, Regis O'Keefe, Paul T Rubery, Edward M Schwarz

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Publications

Journal Articles

8/12/2019
Hollenberg AM, Bernstein DN, Baldwin AL, Beltejar MJ, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "Trends and Characteristics of Spine Research from 2006 to 2015: A Review of Spine Articles in a High Impact General Orthopaedic Journal." Spine.. 2019 Aug 12; Epub 2019 Aug 12.

4/2019
Mika AP, Mesfin A, Rubery PT, Molinari R, Kebaish KM, Menga EN. "Proximal Junctional Kyphosis: A Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery Dilemma." JBJS reviews.. 2019 Apr 0; 7(4):e4.

3/2019
Moses JT, Williams DM, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "The prevalence of Klippel-Feil syndrome in pediatric patients: analysis of 831 CT scans." Journal of spine surgery.. 2019 Mar 0; 5(1):66-71.

Books & Chapters

2011
Chapter Title: "The Adolescent Spine"
Book Title: Textbook of Adolescent Medicine
Author List: RUBERY, PT
Published By: American Academy of Pediatrics 2011

2011
Chapter Title: "Anterior Lumbar Corpectomy" Chapter 43
Book Title: Advanced Reconstruction of the Spine
Author List: RUBERY, PT
Published By: AAOS/NASS 2011

2008
Chapter Title: "Transiliac and Iliosacral Fixation" Vaccaro and Albert eds., December 2002. 2nd Edition, Chapter 41, Thieme 12/04/08.
Book Title: Spine Surgery Tricks of the Trade
Author List: RUBERY, PT and Gorczyca, JT
Published By: Thieme 2008

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