David Rubin

David M. Rubin, MD, MSCE


Professor, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

David M. Rubin, MD, MSCE is the director of PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rubin is responsible for a center of emphasis that includes 30 faculty members and more than 60 staff conducting research in the areas of population heatlh, implementation science, and community-partnered research. He is a former associate program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a current member of the Pentagon’s Military Family Readiness Council, a past Presidential appointee to the White House Commission to eliminate child abuse & neglect fatalities and a past member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Task Force on Foster Care and their Committee for Early Education, Adoption & Dependent Care. 

Dr. Rubin is an emerging leader in developing health system and public program innovation to meet the needs of high-risk populations of children. At the Children’s Hospital, which serves 500,000 children and adolescents annually, he serves as the Director of Population Health Innovation, where he is working across the health system to build capabilities for population health management and aligning delivery system reforms to improve the value and quality of care patients receive. 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 M.S. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Dr. Rubin has authored more than 80 manuscripts spanning peer-reviewed research, policy analyses, and edited chapters in prominent pediatric texts, including seminal manuscripts in Health Affairs, JAMA and Pediatrics on quality of health coverage and access for children in low-income families, prevention strategies and subsequent care of children who are at risk for child abuse, 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 nation’s Medicaid and CHIP programs. He has made numerous presentations to the medical profession and to city, state, and national leaders, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, to guide evidence-informed policy decision on behalf of children across the country.