Joshua C. Rubin, JD, MBA, MPH, MPP serves as Program Officer for Learning Health System Initiatives at the University of Michigan Medical School’s first-of-its-kind Department of Learning Health Sciences. He also serves as Executive Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation. Previously, Rubin served as a Senior Policy Fellow at eHealth Initiative (eHI) and as a Senior Consultant at IBM Global Business Services, working at the intersection of the health information technology, health policy, consumer engagement, and public health arenas in both roles.
Rubin has conducted research related to and played instrumental leadership roles in developing the concepts for and convening cross-disciplinary meetings that have galvanized multi-stakeholder communities of interest to advance important collaborative efforts to innovatively address critical societal challenges at national and global scales — inside and outside of healthcare. Examples include: the 2010 International Working Meeting on Electronic Medical Records and Outcomes Research, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) Consumer Consortium on eHealth, the 2012 Learning Health System Summit, the 2013 National Campus Sexual Assault Summit convened by Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE), and several National Science Foundation (NSF) funded inter-disciplinary workshops aimed at coalescing a scientific community of interest to advance the research agenda to underpin a high-functioning Learning Health System.
Rubin serves as an active founding member of the Board of Directors of the Learning Health Community, an international multi-stakeholder grassroots movement dedicated to realizing the Learning Health System vision on a national (and ultimately global) scale. He also serves as its founding President and CEO on a pro bono basis. Rubin has presented on the Learning Health System vision and the need for multi-stakeholder, trans-disciplinary collaboration to realize it at conferences and meetings nationwide (and has advised and consulted internationally as well). He serves as Director of Policy for The Opioid Research Institute of the United States (TORI), a project initially funded by the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation. Rubin also serves pro bono in board or advisory capacities to PAVE (as President of the Board of Directors), to the Vlasic & Roth LLC Lab (as Executive Director), to the EP3 Foundation (as Policy Fellow), to the Learning Health Systems open access scientific journal, to Ethical Legal and Social Implications of Learning Health Systems (ELSI-LHS), to the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research: Health Information Technology Policy Project (TCC HIT) convened by Morehouse School of Medicine, to the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health (GA4GH) eHealth Task Team, to Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), to the Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) Hub opioid prevention forum, to the Bridging Clinical Research & Clinical Health Care Collaborative, to Patient Privacy Rights, to the Singula Institute, and to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Rubin has published and presented extensively and has served as Guest Editor of a special theme issue of the Learning Health Systems open access scientific journal about patient empowerment and the Learning Health System. He is a life member of the Society for Participatory Medicine (S4PM); what he has published on its e-Patients Blog has been picked up by The Health Care Blog (THCB). Rubin has been recognized as a Disruptive Women in Health Care “Man of the Month” and an inaugural National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) “Champion of Consumer Access”.
A valedictorian, a life member of MENSA, and a graduate of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Rubin holds a Juris Doctor (JD) law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (Cum Laude) and is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Georgetown University, as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, all with healthcare concentrations (and all with high honors/distinction).