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June 2014

Melvin L. Rubin, MD (1932-2014)

Author Affiliations
  • 1Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014;132(6):788. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.1362

Melvin L. Rubin, MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, died on February 23, 2014. Ophthalmology has lost one of the foremost scholars and teachers of his generation. The recollection of any single individual’s contribution to ophthalmology lasts only a few years and very rarely from generation to generation. Dr Rubin’s contributions to ophthalmology will be sustained.

Dr Rubin trained originally as an optometrist before attending the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. He completed his medical internship at the University of California Hospital and earned a master’s degree and did his residency at the University of Iowa. He worked for the US Public Health Service as the executive secretary of the National Institutes of Health Research Training Committee. He then spent the remainder of his career at the University of Florida, beginning as assistant professor and rising to professor and chairman.