David Rubin, M.D., M.S.C.E.

Co-director, PolicyLab
Mary D. Ames Endowed Chair in Child Advocacy


Rubin was appointed by President Obama to the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. He is one of 12 experts — and the only healthcare provider — named to the commission. The job is a big one: A reported 1,770 U.S. children died in 2009 because of abuse, and the actual number is probably higher. At PolicyLab, which Rubin co-founded in 2008, he focuses on child welfare issues, especially the overuse of psychotropic medications in foster children.

What’s next?

“Whether it’s my work in the Hospital, at PolicyLab or on the commission, it’s apparent that the world has become so complicated that families are struggling. We need to think innovatively about how to help families navigate the complex healthcare system through care coordination and care model strategies. Too many kids are slipping through the cracks.”