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
  • Acetabular replacement
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Hip revision surgery
  • Knee revision surgery
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.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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Dr. Harry E. 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, operative room and classroom.

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.


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).

News & Events

  • Dr. Harry Rubash leads Hip Society Meeting in Boston

    Hip Society meeting celebrates MGH and its role in the Society's nearly 50-year history.

  • 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: https://give.massgeneral.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=582

  • 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.


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