Connecticut Children's Specialty Group

Director, Center for Innovation
Associate Clinical Chair, Pediatrics

Diabetes & Endocrinology


860.837.6700

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Dr. Rubin enjoys long hikes with friends and family.


Karen Rubin, MD

Education

Education: BA, Skidmore College, 1973

MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1978
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Miami, Pediatrics, 1979-1981
Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Connecticut, 1981-1984

Board Certifications

Pediatrics
Pediatric Endocrinology

Faculty Appointment

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Expertise

Dr. Rubin has special expertise in Turner Syndrome (TS) and disorders of growth and puberty. She was a member of the TS Consensus Study Group that developed the 2007 guidelines for the care of girls and women with TS and more recently served as a Section Co-Chair in the International Turner Syndrome Clinical Care Guidelines Consensus Meeting in Cincinnati, OH in July 2016 whose purpose is to develop and publish the 2017 TS guidelines for the care of girls and women with TS. She has made significant contributions nationally in the areas of Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care, utilizing Turner Syndrome as a prototype for the evolution of a pediatric condition into adulthood.

Dr. Rubin’s other area of focus is on identifying significant inefficiencies and gaps in the current care delivery system and in the planning and evaluation of system transformations that address them. She was among the first to establish the feasibility of a bundled ambulatory care and payment model as an alternative to fee-for-service payments for youth with Type 1 diabetes and is now planning a value-based clinical and payment model that will be more sustainable and easy to replicate. Within endocrinology and across a number of other pediatric subspecialties, Dr. Rubin has developed a co-managed model of care in which structured evaluation and management tools provide guidance to primary care providers to expand their scope of practice to more independently manage targeted higher volume lower complexity conditions, such as simple obesity with no treatable comorbidities, thereby freeing up subspecialists’ schedules for new patients that most need that level of care.

Hartford Magazine has named Dr. Rubin as one of "Greater Hartford's Best Doctors" nine times. She served as Treasurer of the Pediatric Endocrine Society from 2014-16 and is currently a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the National Turner Syndrome Foundation and a member of the Type 1 Diabetes Outcomes Program Steering Committee, a national joint effort by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange.

Published Research

  • Rubin, K: Transitioning the Turner Syndrome Patient from Pediatric to Adult Care. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. V 16, 651-659, 2003.
  • Rubin, K, Olivia J, and Croes D. Improving Outcomes and Reimbursements: Outpatient Management of Pediatric Diabetes and the Implications for Chronic Illness, in Cohn KH and Hough DE (eds). The Business of Healthcare, Vol. 3. Praeger Perspectives, Westport Connecticut, 2007.
  • Davenport, M., Crowe, B., Travers, S., Rubin, K., Ross, J., Fechner, P., Gunther, D., Liu, C., Geffner, M., Thrailkill, K., Huseman, C., Zagar, A., Quigley, A.: Growth Hormone Treatment of Early Growth Failure in Toddlers with Turner Syndrome: A Randomized, Controlled, Mullticenter Trial. JCEM 2007; 92(9): 3406-3416.
  • Rubin, E. Cornell, E. Feyissa, S. Macary, L. Chandhok, L. Honigfeld. IMPACT: Working Together to Meet Children’s Health Needs: Primary and Specialty Care Co-Management, The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), 1/14
  • Eminet Abebe Feyissa, Erin Cornell, Laura Chandhok, Cristian Ionita, David Wang, Jennifer Schwab, Regina Kostyun, Felicia Wilion, and Karen Rubin: Impact of Co-management at the Primary-Subspecialty Care Interface on Follow-up and Referral Patterns for Patients With Concussion CLIN PEDIATR, January 8,2015 print version 1-7.
  • Erin Cornell, MPH; Laura Chandhok, MPH; Karen Rubin, MD Implementation of referral guidelines at the interface between pediatric primary and subspecialty care , Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation , June 2015, Vol.3, Issue 2, 74-79
  • Robert L. Rosenfield, Linda A. Dimeglio, Nelly Mauras, Judith Ross, Natalie D. Shaw, Diri A.W.Greeley, Morey Haymond, Karen Rubin, and Erinn T. Rhodes Commentary: Launch of a Quality Improvement Network for Evidence-Based Management of Uncommon Pediatric Endocrine Disorders: Turner Syndrome as a Prototype, J Clin Endocrinol Metabl, April 2015, 100(4):1234-1236
  • Oktay K, Bedoschi G, Berkowitx K. Bronson R Kashani B, McGovern P. Pal L, Quinn G, Rubin K. Fertility Preservation in Women with Turner Syndrome: A Comprehensive Review and Practical Guidelines, J. Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Oct;29(5): 409-16.