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NACCD Bio | Leslie Rubin

Leslie Rubin, MD

National Advisory Committee for Children and Disasters Board Member

Why I Serve...

"To work in collaboration with others on reducing health disparities in all spheres of life, in all places around the globe, and under all circumstances particularly compounded by the impacts of climate change, with attendant increase in prevalence and intensity of natural disasters, on vulnerable children in the context of environmental and social justice."

Leslie Rubin, MD

Leslie Rubin MD is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, Director, Break the Cycle Program, Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Unit at Emory University, President and Founder of Break the Cycle of Health Disparities, Inc. and Medical Director of The Rubin Center for Autism and Developmental Pediatrics, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

He is originally from South Africa where he completed his pediatric training with an elective in Neurology at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School then went to Case Western in Cleveland Ohio where he did fellowship in Neonatology and Care of the Handicapped Child. He then moved to Boston Children's Hospital where he was Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In 1994, he moved to Atlanta Georgia where he was Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Emory University before moving to Morehouse Medical School.

Dr. Rubin is a Developmental Pediatrician who is clinically active in caring for children with developmental disabilities and their families. He is the primary editor of Health Care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan, Springer 2016. He is part of the Southeast PEHSU in actively promoting children's environmental health. He is also active in exploring the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health and in advocating for strategies to reduce health disparities in children thorough his not-for-profit Break the Cycle of Health Disparities, Inc. In 2004, he started an annual program Break the Cycle of Children's Environmental Health Disparities, which cultivates the interest of university and college students to raise awareness of environmental health disparities and cultivate future leaders to address these challenges. To date, there have been 16 annual programs with over 150 papers published. The program received The Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award from the US EPA in 2016.