Internationally Recognized Radiologist Named UArizona Chair of Medical Imaging

Sep 14, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. — Following a national search, Geoffrey Rubin, MD, MBA, has been named chair of the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective  Oct. 1.

Dr. Rubin, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary imaging, is the former chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Duke University School of Medicine. He also serves as the George B. Geller Distinguished Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases and as a professor of radiology. He also holds an appointment in Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering as professor of biomedical engineering.

Geoffrey Rubin, MD, MBA – New chair of Department of Medical Imaging at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Rubin was the associate dean for clinical affairs and a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also served as associate director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and was co-founder of the Stanford 3-D Medical Imaging Laboratory, where he was medical director for more than 10 years.

“We truly are excited to have Dr. Rubin on board, and I would like to thank the search committee and everyone else who has been involved in this rigorous recruitment process,” said Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, dean of the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. “I also would like to honor and acknowledge Janet Durham, MD, MBA, for her leadership of the department for the last year and a half, as well as the more recent work of the Interim Governance Council to lead the department during this transition.”

With more than 200 peer-reviewed articles to his credit, Dr. Rubin is an exemplary physician-scientist. He holds six U.S. patents for medical image analysis and has served as principal investigator for three National Institutes of Health research project grants. His current research interests include applications of machine learning for medical image interpretation; gaze tracking for analysis of volumetric image perception; time-driven, activity-based costing in cardiovascular imaging, and accessing disparities in lung-cancer screening. His clinical focus centers on non-invasive cardiac and vascular imaging with computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Rubin earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from the California Institute of Technology and went on to complete his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego. He did his residency training in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in body imaging at Stanford University. In 2014, Dr. Rubin earned an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where he was named a Fuqua Scholar for graduating in the top 10% of his class.

Dr. Rubin currently serves as president and board chair of the International Society for Computed Tomography. He is past president of the Fleischner Society, Society for Advanced Body Imaging and North American Society for Cardiovascular Imagers. He also sits on the boards of the Radiology Leadership Institute of the American College of Radiology, RAD-AID International and the Association for University Radiologists.

“I am excited to partner with the distinguished faculty of physicians and scientists to build upon the UArizona’s legacy of excellence in medical imaging and provide excellent and compassionate health care to the Tucson community,” Dr. Rubin said.

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