Chairman and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC Chapel Hill
David R. Rubinow, M.D., joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine in January 2005 as the Chair of Psychiatry and Professor of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Innovation and Health Care System Transformation for the UNC School of Medicine. Prior to assuming these positions, he was the Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 1987 to 2006 and the Chief of NIMH’s Behavioral Endocrinology Branch from l996 to 2006.
Dr. Rubinow graduated from the University of Michigan, received his M.D. from the University of Connecticut, and completed an internship and residency at Yale University. In 1979 he began a clinical research fellowship in the Biological Psychiatry Branch at NIMH, in which he later served as Unit Chief and Section Chief. Additionally, from 1982 to 1989, he served as Director of the N.I.H. Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service.
Dr. Rubinow’s research interests have focused largely on the neurobehavioral effects of gonadal steroids. He has pursued these interests by employing hormone superagonists and receptor blockers to identify the central effects of gonadal steroids in isolation, particularly their effects on affective regulation in women and men. Dr. Rubinow's laboratory work has focused on sexual dimorphisms in neuronal and glial signal transduction as well as strain differences in behavioral sensitivity to gonadal steroids. Dr Rubinow has received awards for his research (e.g., A.E. Bennett Neuropsychiatric Research Foundation Award; Research Award of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine; Gold Medal Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Mood Disorders Research Award of the American College of Psychiatrists, Menninger Award of the American College of Physicians), his clinical supervision and training (the National Institutes of Health’s Distinguished Clinical Educator Award; NIMH Mentor of the Year) and his scientific administration (USPHS Outstanding Service Medal). He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Institute of Medicine; the Endocrine Society; the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, which he served as President; the American Neuroendocrine Society; and the Society of Biological Psychiatry, which he served as President and Executive Secretary. He currently serves on the editorial boards of six journals and has authored or co-authored more than 350 scientific publications. On the basis of his research, Dr. Rubinow was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2012.