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Harry E. Rubash, MD

  • Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Edith M. Ashley Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Hip and Knee Replacement Orthopaedic Surgeon


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Dr. Rubash is a leading orthopaedic surgeon, researcher and educator who has made important advances in hip and knee replacement surgery, developing new technologies and improving patient outcomes.



Clinical Interests
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Hip arthritis
  • Hip pain
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Total joint replacement
  • Hip arthroplasty
  • Revision surgery
  • Acetabular replacement
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Rechts der ISAR Hospital|Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. Rubash earned his BS Summa Cum Laude in 1975 and his MD Cum Laude in 1979, both from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his Internship in general surgery followed by a Fellowship and Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rubash completed an AO Reconstructive and Trauma Fellowship in Munich, Germany and a Hip and Implant Surgery Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rubash is the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at MGH and the Edith M. Ashley Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in primary and revision hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Rubash has earned numerous awards and honors from professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Orthopaedic Research Society, The Hip Society, The Knee Society and the American Fracture Association. In 2006, Dr. Rubash received the Clinical Research Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Clinical Research by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

Dr. Rubash has shared his expertise at innumerable conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the world and has published extensively, including serving in editorial capacities for multiple journals and publications.

Dr. Rubash has written nine major text books and published over 200 papers.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Rubash has made significant contributions to the study of biomechanics and failure mechanisms of joint arthroplasty in the hip and knee in order to develop better implant designs, simplify operative implant techniques, and develop new materials for implant-bearing surfaces, including the successful development of new reconstructive techniques.

Dr. Rubash is interested in revision total hip arthroplasty with major bone loss, revision total knee arthroplasty with component malalignment and infection, and avascular necrosis of the hip, a devastating disease that often affects young people in the primes of their lives. He has developed several new reconstructive techniques for acetabular fractures, acetabular and femoral component revisions, revision knee surgeries, and periprosthetic osteolysis.


Bozic KJ. Kurtz SM. Lau E. Ong K. Chiu V. Vail TP. Rubash HE. Berry DJ. The epidemiology of revision total knee arthroplasty in the United States. Clin Orthop. 468(1):45-51, 2010.

Liu F. Kozanek M. Hosseini A. Van de Velde SK. Gill TJ. Rubash HE. Li G. In vivo tibiofemoral cartilage deformation during the stance phase of gait. Biomech. 43(4):658-65, 2010.

Bozic KJ, Ong K, Lau E, Kurtz SM, Vail TP, Rubash HE, Berry DJ, Risk of complication and revision total hip arthroplasty among Medicare patients with different bearing surfaces. Clin Ortho. 468(9):2357-62, 2010.

Varadarajan K.M., Gill T.J, Freiberg A.A., Rubash H.E., Li G., Patellar Tendon Orientation and Patellar Tracking in Male and Female Knees, J Orthop Res, J Orthop Res. 2010 Mar; 28;(3):322-8.

Sargent MC, Sotile W, Sotile MO, Rubash H, Barrack RL. Quality of life during orthopaedic training and academic practice. Part 1: Orthopaedic surgery residents and faculty. JBJSA. 91(10):2395-405, 2009.

Bozic KJ, Kurtz SM, Lau E, Ong K, Chiu V, Vail TP, Rubash HR, Berry DJ. The Epidemiology of Bearing Surfaces in Total Hip Arthroplasty in the United States. J Bone Joint Surg. AM. 2009; 9:1616-1620.

Bozic KJ. Smith AR. Hariri S. Adeoye S. Gourville J. Maloney WJ. Parsley B. Rubash HE. The 2007 ABJS Marshall Urist Award: The impact of direct-to-consumer advertising in orthopaedics. Clinical Orthopaedics& Related Research. 458:202-19, 2007 May.

Shanbhag AS, Hasselman CT and HE Rubash,@The John Charnley Award. Inhibition of wear debris-mediated osteolysis in a canine total hip arthroplasty modelL Clin Orthop Rel Res, 344: 33-43 (Nov1997).

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News & Events

  • Hornicek named first Mankin Endowed Scholar

    Henry Mankin, MD, an honorary staff member and former chief of the MGH Department of Orthopædics, was recently recognized with a professorship named in his honor: the Henry J. Mankin, MD, Endowed Scholar in Orthopædics.

  • Heroes among us

    On an average day in the city of Watertown, Mass., the police department fields 28 emergency 911 calls; however, on April 19, 2013, 566 calls to 911 were made within a few short hours during the shootout with the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt.

  • Johnson first defense for U.S. Olympic team

    Anne Holland "Holly" Johnson, MD, interim director of the Foot and Ankle Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, has been named the team doctor for the 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey team.

  • MGH hosts president of Latvia

    MGH Hotline 10.08.10 Hundreds of clinical and research fellows train at the MGH each year and go on to achieve great things in their careers. One former fellow, who trained in the MGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the early 1990s, is the current President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers.

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield names MGH a Blue Distinction Center

    MGH Hotline 4.30.10 THE MGH has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for both spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

  • Recognizing an MGH innovator

    MGH Hotline 11.20.09 In 1970, William Harris, MD, DSC, director emeritus of the MGH Harris Biomaterials and Biome-chanics Laboratory, established the Advances in Arthroplasty course


  • A Conversation with Dr. Henry J. Mankin

    Dr. Henry Mankin talks with Dr. Harry Rubash about his distinguished career in Orthopaedics. Make a gift to the Dr. Henry J. Mankin Endowment Fund:

  • MGH hosts president of Latvia

    The President of the Republic of Latvia, Dr. Valdis Zatlers visited the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery on September 28, 2010. President Zatlers is an orthopaedic surgeon and completed his Fellowship training in the early 1990s at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Sports Medicine Service. He was mentored by Dr. Bertram Zarins, MD, who currently is Chief Emeritus of the Sports Medicine Service. The President toured the Sports Medicine Center along with the Latvian ambassador to the United States, Mr. Andrejs Pildegovics, MGH President, Dr. Peter Slavin and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Harry Rubash.

  • 2011 AOA - Austrian Swiss German (ASG) Traveling Fellows

    The Austrian, Swiss, German Traveling Fellowship is a program that was started in 1978 when the Austrian, Swiss and German Orthopaedic Associations sponsored a tour for four young orthopaedic surgeons to travel to Britain, the United States and Canada. In 1984, the American Orthopaedic Association became involved. Now one Austrian, one Swiss and two German orthopaedists tour during odd years, and one Canadian, one British and two American orthopeadists tour during even years.


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