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Alan Rubin, 87, Nationally-Recognized Obstetrician

May 26, 2011
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Alan Rubin, 87, a nationally-known obstetrician and gynecologist, died at his Center City home on May 16.

A busy clinician for almost 40 years, Rubin was also a prolific contributor to medical research in his field. He is best known as the developer of the now-standard Rubin Maneuver, a technique for facilitating a difficult childbirth that has saved countless infants from serious injury.

Among his other contributions, he was the first to demonstrate a link between diabetes in men and erectile dysfunction, at a time when this condition was thought to be largely psychological in origin. He also was one of the early users of tissue cultures as a method of screening drugs for use as anti-cancer agents.

Rubin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1947, where he was elected to the National Medical Scholastic Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He did his postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

He served for 49 years on the executive committee of the University of Pennsylvania's Medical Alumni Society and a term as national president of the society in 1962. He was a member of the local Planned Parenthood Physician's Advisory Committee for many years, as well as head of fundraising for the Philadelphia Local Allied Jewish Appeals at HUP.

Rubin served in various capacities as a member of Penn's faculty in obstetrics and gynecology, and served as well as chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and chief of gynecology at Graduate Hospital.

Rubin is survived by sons Alan Rubin Jr., Stephen Rubin and Blake Rubin; a brother, Daniel Rubin; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was predeceased in 1995 by his wife of 48 years, Helen Metz Rubin.

Memorial contributions can be made to: The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, 330 S. Ninth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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