Cardiac Surgeon, Professor in the Division of Cardiac Surgery
University of Ottawa
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Dr. Rubens completed his medical school training at Queen's University in 1985. After completing his surgical training in Ottawa, Dr. Rubens undertook research as a Fellow from the Medical Research Council in the Department of Pathology at McMaster University, for which he received a Masters of Science degree for work focusing on thrombosis and cardiovascular devices. In 1992 he returned to Ottawa to complete his cardiothoracic training and fellowship. Dr. Rubens was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in General Surgery in 1990 and in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in 1994. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Surgery in 2006.
Dr. Rubens established an active Canadian program in the surgical treatment of chronic pulmonary embolism with referrals from across Canada and has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Province of Ontario. Dr. Rubens has been the principal investigator for several peer-reviewed grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, review articles, abstracts and book chapters. He is also a popular speaker, having given over 80 invited lectures and over 120 meeting presentations in Canada and abroad on the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass, chronic pulmonary embolism, general cardiac surgery and blood conservation. He is a member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Society of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons. Dr. Rubens was the program director for the Cardiac Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Ottawa from 2005-2016 and he has won numerous awards for his dedication, mentoring and novel teaching techniques. In 2015, he was the recipient of Program Director of the Year from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.