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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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 (National)

Best Doctors in America for Spinal Surgery 2009
POCNY Research Prize | Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York 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 John Hopkins University 1984

Awards & Honors (Local)

Graduate of Distinction | Palmyra Macedon Central School 2010
Provost's Multidisciplinary Award | University of Rochester Medical Center 2009

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 26 available »

2013 Mar 1
Rubery PT, Brown R, Prasarn M, Small J, Conrad B, Horodyski M, Rechtine G. "Stabilization of 2-column thoracolumbar fractures with orthoses: a cadaver model." Spine. 2013 Mar 1; 38(5):E270-5.
Offley SC, Coyne E, Horodyski M, Rubery PT, Zeidman SM, Rechtine GR. "Randomized trial demonstrates that extended-release epidural morphine may provide safe pain control for lumbar surgery patients." Surgical neurology international. 2013 4(Suppl 2):S51-7. Epub 2013 Mar 22.
2012 Aug
Wang M, Tang D, Shu B, Wang B, Jin H, Hao S, Dresser KA, Shen J, Im HJ, Sampson ER, Rubery PT, Zuscik MJ, Schwarz EM, O'Keefe RJ, Wang Y, Chen D. "Conditional activation of ?-catenin signaling in mice leads to severe defects in intervertebral disc tissue." Arthritis and rheumatism. 2012 Aug; 64(8):2611-23.
2012 Jun
Prasarn ML, Horodyski M, Conrad B, Rubery PT, Dubose D, Small J, Rechtine GR. "Comparison of external fixation versus the trauma pelvic orthotic device on unstable pelvic injuries: a cadaveric study of stability." The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 2012 Jun; 72(6):1671-5.
2012 Mar 15
Prasarn ML, Conrad B, Rubery PT, Wendling A, Aydog T, Horodyski M, Rechtine GR. "Comparison of 4 airway devices on cervical spine alignment in a cadaver model with global ligamentous instability at C5-C6." Spine. 2012 Mar 15; 37(6):476-81.

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