About Harry Rubash, MD

Dr. Harry E. 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.

Dr. Rubash was the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mass General from 1998 – 2016. Dr. Rubash received his Bachelor’s and Medical Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He complete a Harvard University Fellowship at the Hip and Implant Surgery Unit, here at Mass General, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1985.

After a successful tenure with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he was the Clinical Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Rubash returned to Mass General in 1998 as a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the chief of the Department.

Dr. Rubash has served in the leadership roles of many professional societies, including: the Orthopaedic Research Society, The American Orthopaedic Association, the Knee Society and the International Hip Society. Dr. Rubash has made many outstanding contributions to the literature in the area of hip and knee replacement. In addition ,he has served on the Editorial Boards for notable medical journals including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, and the Journal of Arthroplasty. Dr. Rubash has been honored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with three Hip Society Awards and one Knee Society Award.

Dr. Rubash is devoted to this work in the laboratory, operating room and classroom.

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Mass General/Newton-Wellesley Foot & Ankle Center
52 Second Ave.
Blue Building, Suite 1150, First Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-724-9338

Medical Education

  • MD, University of Pittsburgh
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Residency, Univ. of Pittsburgh Med. Ctr.
  • Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital*
  • Fellowship, Rechts der ISAR Hospital
  • Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

American Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

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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.


  • Select Publications:

    • 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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