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Paul T. Rubery, M.D.

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Pediatrics

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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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Faculty Appointments


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.


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.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


BA | Johns Hopkins University

MD | Cornell University Medical College

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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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Graduate of Distinction
Sponsor: Palmyra Macedon Central School

Best Doctors in America for Spinal Surgery

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

POCNY Research Prize
Sponsor: Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York

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

Alpha Omega Alpha
Sponsor: Cornell University Medical College

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

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Journal Articles

Bernstein DN, Kurucan E, Menga EN, Molinari RW, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "Comparison of adult spinal deformity patients with and without rheumatoid arthritis undergoing primary non-cervical spinal fusion surgery: a nationwide analysis of 52,818 patients." The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society.. 2018 Oct 0; 18(10):1861-1866. Epub 2018 Apr 06.

Bernstein DN, Lawson M, Menga EN, O'Keefe RJ, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "Scholarly Success of Orthopaedic Surgeons Participating in the Clinician Scholar Career Development Program." The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume.. 2018 Sep 5; 100(17):e115.

Saleh A, Gruber J, Bakhsh W, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "How Common Is the Ponticulus Posticus?: A Computed Tomography Based Analysis of 2917 Patients." Spine.. 2018 Apr 15; 43(8):E436-E441.

Books & Chapters

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

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

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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