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. 29 available »

2016 Dec
Bernstein DN, Jain A, Brodell D, Li Y, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "Impact of the Economic Downturn on Elective Cervical Spine Surgery in the United States: A National Trend Analysis, 2003-2013." World neurosurgery. 2016 Dec; 96:538-544. Epub 2016 Sep 22.
2016 Sep
Raudenbush BL, Thirukumaran CP, Li Y, Sanders JO, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "Impact of a Comparative Study on the Management of Scoliosis in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Are Corticosteroids Decreasing the Rate of Scoliosis Surgery in the United States?" Spine. 2016 Sep; 41(17):E1030-8.
2015 Nov
Frost C, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "The Publication Rate of Presentations at Two International Spine Meetings: Scoliosis Research Society and International Meeting of Advanced Spinal Techniques." Spine deformity. 2015 Nov; 3(6):528-532. Epub 2015 Oct 28.
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.

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


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