David Rubin MD, MSCE

David Rubin is founding co-director of PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and an associate program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a presidential appointee to the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities and is a past member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Task Force on Foster Care and their Committee for Early Education, Adoption & Dependent Care.

  • Everything we do at PolicyLab reflects the knowledge that publishing in a journal is only the first step and not enough to move the dial on children’s health.

  • The value of our work is measured not only by its research quality, but by our external partners increasingly looking to us for guidance on how to evaluate their programs.

  • The epidemic of prescription medications for children in the behavioral health system is most reflective of our failure to provide access to the right types of services for children with a history of trauma.

  • Even as we provide oversight on the use of medication for children with behavioral health issues, we must not forget that nearly half the children that need services don’t receive them.

Dr. Rubin is an emerging leader in developing health system and public program innovation to meet the needs of high-risk populations of children. He is an active pediatric primary care clinician, educator, and mentor for fellows and junior faculty interested in children’s health policy and public health, as well as a skilled investigator with an MS in epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Rubin has authored more than 60 manuscripts spanning peer-reviewed research, policy analyses, and edited chapters in prominent pediatric texts, including seminal manuscripts in JAMA and Pediatrics on the diagnosis of abuse-related injuries, trends in psychotropic medication use for Medicaid enrolled children, and program design and outcomes for children in foster care. He is particularly drawn to the challenges of meeting the needs of some of our nation’s highest risk children in the national Medicaid program. Dr. Rubin’s concern with the fundamental questions of equity, insurance coverage, access and quality of care for underserved and medically challenging populations informs his frequent presentations to the medical profession and to city, state, and national leaders, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Rubin is a practicing primary care pediatrician at the Faculty Practice of CHOP. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in child maltreatment at CHOP.

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