Geoffrey D Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR, FAHA, FSABI, FNASCI

Chair and Professor, Medical Imaging
Clinical Service Chief of Medical Imaging, Banner University Medicine - Tucson

Geoffrey D Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR, FAHA, FSABI, FNASCI

Academic / Professional Bio: 

A renowned expert in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary imaging, Dr. Geoffrey D. Rubin is originally from Los Angeles, California. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees with Honor in Chemistry and Biology from the California Institute of Technology in 1982 and MD degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1987. Dr. Rubin spent the next 22 years at Stanford University where he completed Diagnostic Radiology residency in 1992, a Body Imaging fellowship in 1993, and after joining the faculty in 1993 earned the rank of full Professor with university tenure in 2005.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dr. Rubin served as Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Duke University School of Medicine where he was appointed the George B. Geller Distinguished Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases.  He also held a dual appointment in Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering. 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 has a rich history of medical contributions. Beginning in 1991, Dr. Rubin and colleagues at Stanford pioneered the development and use of spiral and multidetector-row CT for imaging the cardiovascular system. He is the lead author on the earliest scientific reports of CT angiography applied to a breadth of thoracic, abdominal, and peripheral vascular applications.

Dr. Rubin co-founded the Stanford 3-D Medical Imaging Laboratory in 1996 and served as its Medical Director until 2010. His teams published the first descriptions of novel volumetric image presentations including perspective volume rendering as a basis for virtual endoscopy and curved planar reformations for blood vessel tracking and quantitation. The Stanford 3-D Laboratory established the first scalable clinical service facility for applying computer graphics and vision tools to medical imaging data, training hundreds of physicians and technologists to emulate the model worldwide.

An exemplary physician-scientist, Dr. Rubin's current work focuses on applications of artificial intelligence toward assisted interpretation of volumetric medical imaging, the contributions of perceptual variations to radiologist performance in volumetric image interpretation, and effective leadership and management in radiology and healthcare.

Dr. Rubin actively participates in peer mentoring as a founding Board Member of the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) of the American College of Radiology.  As host and developer of the RLI “Taking the Lead” podcast, Dr. Rubin spotlights leaders in radiology from a variety of clinical environments and organizations. He serves as President and Board Chair of the International Society for Computed Tomography, Board Member of RAD-AID International, and is co-chair of the RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee overseeing RadiologyInfo.org.

He is Past President of the North American Society for Cardiovascular Imagers, the Society for Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, and the Fleischner Society for Thoracic Imaging and Diagnosis. Dr. Rubin is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and over 50 review articles and book chapters. He has edited five books, including the highly acclaimed textbook, CT and MR Angiography: Comprehensive Vascular Assessment. He holds six U.S. patents on medical image analysis and has served as Principal Investigator of three NIH RO1s focused on imaging and analysis of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, “Measurement of the Aorta and its Branches” (1998-2003), “Efficient Interpretation of 3D Vascular Image Data” (2001-2007) and “Improving Radiologist Detection of Lung Nodules with CAD” (2004-2011). In 2008, he was awarded the “Most Effective Radiology Educator” by AuntMinnie.com. He is an active public speaker, having made over 1000 presentations to medical, scientific, and lay audiences in over 40 countries.

Dr. Rubin has successfully originated two corporations that provide advances in medical care.  In 1997, he co-founded Trivascular Inc, remaining actively engaged in support of its development of low-profile aortic stent-grafts until the company was bought in 2004.  In 2011, he co-founded Informatics in Context, providing real-time automated adjudication of prior authorization requests via EDI 278. Over the last 24 years, Dr. Rubin has served as a consultant to numerous start-ups seeking to bring important innovations to the marketplace.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Rubin’s research interests include the study of tools used to enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing assessment of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. He develops novel, analytical approaches to interpretation that leverage 3D visualization and artificial intelligence. He is also interested in patient access to imaging technology and how that might impact their health.

Selected Grants, Supported Research & Other Grants

  • Precision Cardiac CT: Development of a Computational Platform for Optimizing Imaging awarded by National Institutes of Health 2017 - 2021
  • Access to screening facilities for U.S. populations at risk for lung cancer: A geospatial analysis of access to CT facilities for individuals eligible for lung cancer screening awarded by Ge-Aur Radiology Research 2017 - 2020
  • Zenith TX2 Thoracic TAA Endovascular Graft, Imaging Core Lab awarded by Med Institute, Inc. 2006 - 2009
  • Improving Radiologist Detection of Lung Nodules with CAD awarded by National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute, R01 CA109089 2005 - 2011
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Lung Cancer Screening awarded by National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute, R01 CA105366-01 2004 - 2008
  • Institutional Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging awarded by Radiological Society of North America 2004 - 2007
  • Core Lab for NaviStar ThermCool Catheter for the Radiofrequency Ablation of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation awarded by Biosense Webster Inc 2002 - 2010
  • Efficient Interpretation of 3D Vascular Image Data awarded by National Institute of Health, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R01 HL067194 2001 - 2007
  • Cardiac Multidetector-Row CT awarded by General Electric Medical Systems 2000 - 2003
  • GeThoracic Aortic Stent-Graft Imaging Core Laboratory awarded by Medtronic Aneurx, Inc. 1999 - 200nomic Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease: Advanced Strategies for Prevention and Therapy awarded by Donald W. Reynolds Foundation 2000 - 2005
  • Thoracic Aortic Stent-Graft Imaging Core Laboratory awarded by Medtronic Aneurx, Inc. 1999 - 2003
  • Volumetric Analysis of the Aorta and Its Branches awarded by National Institute of Health, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R01 HL58915 1999 - 2005
  • Clinical Perspective Volume Rendering awarded by Vital Images 1996 - 1997
  • Prospective Assessment of CT, MR, and Conventional Angiography for Improved Surgical Planning for the Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms awarded by GE-AUR Radiology Research Academic Fellowship 1995 - 1997
  • Three-Dimensional CT Angiography awarded by National Institute of Health, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, RO1HL50305 1994 - 1997
  • Prospective Assessment of CT Angiography, MR Angiography, and Conventional Angiography for Improved Accuracy of Surgical Planning for the Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms awarded by RSNA Research and Education Fund Scholar 1994 - 1996

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Degrees: 
BS: California Institute of Technology, 1982
MD: University of California, San Diego, 1987
MBA: Duke University, 2014
Honors and Awards: 
-Editor’s Award for Distinction in Reviewing, Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 2016
-Commencement Speaker, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, 2015
-Fuqua Scholar (Top 10% of Duke MBA Graduating Class), Fuqua School of Business, 2014
-Membership, The International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology (ISSSR), 2012-present
-George Barth Geller Professorship for Research in Cardiovascular Disease, Duke University Distinguished Professorship, 2011-present
-Plenary Speaker, Opening Session, 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Radiological Society of North America, 2011
-Best Doctors in America, 2009-present
-The Annual Charles T. Dotter Lecture 81st Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association, 2008
-“Most Effective Radiology Educator” AuntMinnie.com, 2008
-Ranked #1 as “Top Cardiovascular Imager/Cardiac Catheterization Lab Director” Medical Imaging Magazine Readers Top 10 honors, 2007
-America’s Top Doctors 6th-14th Editions, Castle Connolly, 2006-present
-Top 5 Finalist, “Most Influential Radiology Researcher” AuntMinnie.com, 2005
-Founding Member (invited), International Society for Vascular Surgery, 2003
-Hounsfield Award (top CT paper), SCBT/MR, “Automated Detection of Pulmonary Nodules”, awarded to mentored medical student, John Lyo, 2002
-Research Trainee Award, Physics, RSNA, "Curved Thin Slab Maximum Intensity Projections (CTS-MIP): Method and Evaluation for CT Angiography ", awarded to mentored resident, Raghav Raman, MD, 2001
-First Place Scientific Presentation, Society of Thoracic Radiology: "Quantitation of Improved Pulmonary Arterial Visualization with Multidetector-Row CT", awarded to mentored medical student, Joonhong Min, 2000
-Cum Laude, SCBT/MR, "Can Iliac Arterial Tortuosity be Determined from CTA or DSA Images and Is Its Determination Clinically Relevant?:, 2000
-Research Trainee Award, Neuroradiology, RSNA, "Single- Versus Multi-Detector Row Computed Tomography of the Brain: Quality Assessment", awarded to mentored resident, Timothy R. Jones, MD, 2000
-Hounsfield Award, SCBT/MR, "Multidetector-Row CT Angiography of Lower Extremity Occlusive Disease: A New Application for CT Scanning", 1999
-Cum Laude, SCBT/MR, “Multidetector Spiral CT Colonography: Maintaining Image Quality with Rapid Acquisition”, 1999
-Elected member/Fellow, SCBT/MR,1998
-Cum Laude, RSNA, "Active Arterial Extravasation on Helical CT of the Abdomen, Pelvis, and Thorax", 1998
-Cum Laude, SCBT/MR, “Optimization of CT Parameters for Virtual Colonoscopy”, 1996
-General Electric - Association of University Radiologists Research Award Fellowship (GERRAF), "Prospective Assessment of CT, MR, and Conventional Angiography for Improved Surgical Planning for the Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms", 1995-1996
-Annual Research Award, Society of Uroradiology, "Reformatted Non-Contrast Spiral CT in the Evaluation of Renal Colic",1995
-RSNA Research and Education Fund Scholar, "Prospective Assessment of CT Angiography, MR Angiography, and Conventional Angiography for Improved Accuracy of Surgical Planning for the Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms", 1994-1995
-Cum Laude, SCBT/MR, "Pre-Operative Assessment of Living Renal Donors: Spiral CT as an Alternative to Conventional Arteriography and Intravenous Urography", 1994
-Editor’s Recognition Award for Special Distinction in Reviewing, Radiology, Stanley S. Siegelman, MD, Editor. 1994, 1995, 1996
-Cum Laude, SCBT/MR, “3-D CT Angiography of Renal Artery Stenosis”, 1993
-Cum Laude, European Congress of Radiology: “Abdominal Spiral CT Angiography: A Minimally Invasive Three-Dimensional Alternative to Arteriography”, 1993
-Outstanding Medals, European Congress of Radiology: “3D CT Angiography-A Minimally Invasive Technique for Evaluating Endoluminal Metallic Stents and Stent-Grafts”; and “3D CT Angiography of Renal Artery Stenosis”, 1993
-Outstanding Medal, European Congress of Radiology: “3D CT Angiography Versus Conventional Arteriography in the Assessment of Pelvic Arterial Disease”, 1993
-Summa Cum Laude, RSNA, “Endovascular Stent-Graft Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms”, 1993
-Cum Laude, Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (SCBT/MR), "Optimization of Breath-Held Pulmonary Magnetic Resonance Angiography", 1992
-Magna Cum Laude, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), “Abdominal Spiral CT Angiography: A Minimally Invasive Three-Dimensional Alternative to Arteriography”, 1992
-James S. Silverman Award for Excellence in Interventional Radiology, Stanford University, 1990
-First Place, Robert J. Prentiss Memorial Research Award, Mercy Hospital, San Diego, California, 1988
-Member, A. Baird Hastings Medical Honor Society, University of California at San Diego, 1986
Residency: 
Radiology, Stanford University Medical Center, 1988-1992
Internship: 
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, 1987-1988
Fellowship: 
Body Imaging, Stanford University Medical Center, 1992-1993
Board Certifications: 
Certification of Advanced Proficiency in Cardiac CT, American College of Radiology, 2009
Diplomate, American Board of Radiology, 1992
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988
Medical Licensure: California, 1988, North Carolina, 2010, Arizona, 2019
Specialties: 
Cardiothoracic Imaging