Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital appoints Dr. Lewis Rubinson as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer

(New Brunswick, NJ) – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Healthcare Facility, has appointed Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, FCCP, as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Chief Quality Officer (CQO) .

A recognized leader with more than two decades of C-suite, clinical, academic and government experience, Dr. Rubinson brings his expertise in critical care medicine and public health to New Jersey’s largest academic medical center, which is also the one of three centers designated by the State. Level I Trauma Centers in New Jersey. He will draw on his experience in academic medicine and government disaster response efforts to advance clinical care and patient outcomes at RWJUH.

In his role as Chief Marketing Officer, Dr. Rubinson will work with the Medical Staff Executive Committee to engage and lead RWJUH’s nearly 2,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, which include faculty from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, doctors from RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group and city doctors. As CCO, Dr. Rubinson will lead clinical performance standards at RWJUH in terms of quality and safety measures with the goal of achieving superior patient care and outcomes. He is responsible for the integration and coordination of clinical practices across all service lines, alignment of physician activities with the RWJUH strategic plan, quality and patient safety strategies, infection control and performance improvement initiatives.

“Dr. Rubinson’s extensive experience in academic medicine, emergency response, and his commitment to clinical excellence will propel Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as we build New Jersey’s first academic medical center,” said Bill Arnold, President and CEO of RWJUH.”He joins an exceptional leadership team at RWJUH who I believe will change the landscape of healthcare in our state, and especially for our vulnerable populations who cannot leave the New Jersey for specialist care.”

RWJUH Board Chairman Jack Morris adds, “Dr. Rubinson’s leadership is critical to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital becoming New Jersey’s top hospital and a nationally recognized academic medical center. We are confident in his ability to contribute significantly to our strategic plan initiatives around quality and safety, patient experience and clinical excellence.

Dr. Rubinson joins RWJUH from Morristown Medical Center where he was chief medical officer, working on numerous optimizations and expansions, as well as monitoring the hospital’s COVID-19 response. Previously, he held several leadership positions at the University of Maryland, including as the first director of their critical care resuscitation unit, where he developed a clinical model to ensure transferred patients had timely access to expert care for non-traumatic emergencies. He also served as assistant marketing manager, vice president and assistant clinical director, and professor of medicine in the trauma and critical care program at the R. Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Additionally, Dr. Rubinson has served in local and federal government, including as Director of Disaster Medicine for Seattle-King County Public Health, and at the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health. and Social Services. He was the CMO of the Federal Medical Response to Super Storm Sandy and was an “on the ground” responder to numerous disasters including Hurricane Katrina and was the clinical lead for the Ebola Unit in Kenema, in Sierra Leone, in September 2014.

Dr. Rubinson attended medical school at Northwestern University and earned his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in clinical research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in pulmonary and critical care. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Rubinson served as Commander of the United States Public Health Service.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in New Brunswick, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 614-bed academic medical center that serves as the main teaching hospital for Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the hospital cancer flagship of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its centers of excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neurosciences, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s care and children, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch .org). A Level 1 trauma center and the first designated pediatric trauma center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its innovative approaches to emergency preparedness.


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