David L. Rubenstein, M.D.

David L. Rubenstein, M.D.
David L. Rubenstein, MD, is a nationally-recognized sports medicine surgeon specializing in shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair and arthroscopic knee surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He is currently director of Sports Medicine at Lankenau Hospital, associate team physician of the Philadelphia Phillies, as well as the head team physician for the Philadelphia Soul Arena football team and Philadelphia Freedom professional tennis team. He also serves as the sports medicine physician for Haverford School, Shipley School and Friends Central School. His sports medicine career has included team coverage for all the major professional sports and he has been recognized as a “Top Doc” by Main Line Today.

He sees patients with a wide-range of sports-related injuries with a focus on shoulder and knee injuries. He is currently conducting research studies looking at shoulder instability and frozen shoulder conditions.
 
Education
  • Residency - Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Residency - St. Christopher's Hospital For Children, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Residency - Jefferson Medical Center for Hand Surgery
  • Residency - Arthoscopy Elective - Orthopedic Research of Virginia
  • Residency - Albert Einstein Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgey
  • Fellowship - Kerlan - Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, Sports Medicine
Titles & Certifications
  • Board Certified
Hospital Affiliations
  • Lankenau Hospital
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Temple University Medical Alumnae Association
  • Albert Einstein Orthopedic Alumni Association
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • Delaware County Medical Society
ORTHOPEDIC  PRESENTATIONS
"Radiology of Pelvic Trauma."  Temple University Hospital/Albert Einstein Medical Center Grand Rounds, January 1986.
"Differential Diagnosis of the Osteochondrodysplasias; An Approach to Disproportionate Short Stature"  Temple University Hospital/Albert Einstein Medical Center Grand Rounds, January, 1987; Medical College of Pennsylvania Grand Rounds, June 1987.
"Evaluation and Treatment of Compartment Syndromes"  Albert Einstein Medical Center Conference, November 1986; Albert Einstein Medical Center General Surgery Trauma Rounds, December 1986; Moss Rehabilitation Topic Conference, July 1987; Albert Einstein Medical Center Emergency Room Grand Rounds, September 1987; Temple University Hospital Orthopedic Grand Rounds, January 1989.
"Determinants of Stability in Pelvic Ring Fractures" Albert  Einstein Medical Center Radiology Bone Conference, August 1987; Albert Einstein Trauma Conference, October 1987.
"Immunologic Aspects of Orthopedic Surgery"  Albert Einstein Medical Center Grand Rounds, October 1987; Temple University  Hospital Grand Rounds, October 1987.
"Impingement Syndrome & Rotator Cuff Disease"  Albert Einstein Medical Center Grand Rounds, September, 1987; Moss Rehabilitation Arthritis Conference, October 1987.
"Upper Extremity Tendon Transfers Following Peripheral Nerve Palsy"  The Jefferson Hand Center Grand Rounds, March, 1988, Temple University Hospital/Albert Einstein Grand Rounds, May 1988.
"Anterior and Posterior Shoulder Subluxation"  Albert Einstein Medical Center Grand Rounds, March 1989.
"Biomechanics of the Knee"  Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Sportsmedicine Grand Rounds, September 1989.
"Orthopedic Surgical Management of Athletic Throwing Injuries"  The Injured Shoulder Symposium sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey, October 1989.
"Physical Examination of the Shoulder", Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine Grand Rounds, January 1990
"Genucom Reliability in Patellofemoral Disease", Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic  Annual Fellows Day, June 1990
"The Anterior Capsulolabral Reconstruction in the Athletic Population."  Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Annual Fellows Day, June 1990; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: Shoulder and Elbow Specialty Day, March 1991; New York/New Jersey Orthopaedic Society Meeting, 
"Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Rehabilitation", Trimax Rehabilitation Center Lecture,  January 1991
"Shoulder Examination and Evaluation", John F. Kennedy Medical Center Family Practice Speciality Rounds, January 1991.  Trimax Rehabilitation Center Lecture, February 1991
"Surgical Approach to the Injured Patient with Chronic Shoulder Pain"; Chronic Pain Symposium sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and Merck Corporation, April 1991
"Running Injuries and Their Prevention", 1991 Philadelphia Distance Run Exposition,
September 1991, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Elbow Injuries in Athletes",  Guest Lecturer, Albert Einstein Medical Center Grand Rounds,
December 1991
"Joint Replacement", The Kaiserman Center, January 1992, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
"Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy", The Kaiserman Health Fair, The Kaiserman Center,
May 1992, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
"Shoulder Reconstruction in Athletes", Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, November 1992, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Sports Medicine and Overuse Injuries", BSA&I Health Fair, March, 1993, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Running Injuries, Prevention and Treatment", TV Guide Health Fair, May 1993, Radnor, Pennsylvania
"Sports Medicine Made Simple", Lankenau Hospital Lecture Series, September 1993, 
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
"Common Sports Medicine Injuries",  Lower Merion Grade A Inservice Training Program, February 1994,  Ardmore, Pennsylvania
"Common Sports Medicine Injuries and Their Treatment", ARCO Fitness and Wellness Annual Sports Medicine Lecture, March 1994, Newtown Square, PA
 “Jobes Anterior Capsulolabral Reconstruction", First Annual Philadelphia Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Society Conference:  The Shoulder, May 1994, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Physical Examination  of The Extremities for The General Surgeon”, Lankenau Surgical Grand Rounds, May 1995, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
“Elbow Injuries in The Throwing Athlete”, Albert Einstein Medical Center, November 1995, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
“The Orthopedic Approach To X-Ray Interpretation”, Lankenau Medical Grand Rounds, May 1996, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
“Tennis Elbow In The Tennis Player”, Main Line Racket Sports Symposium, September 1996,
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
“Swimming Injuries - Prevention and Treatment”, Upper Main Line YMCA Swimming Symposium,
February 1997, Berwyn, Pennsylvania
“Shoulder Injuries In The Athlete”, Temple University Grand Rounds, February 1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Current Applications of Arthroscopy in The Family Practice Population”, Lankenau Medical Grand Rounds, May 1998, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
“Overuse Injuries in The Athlete”, Physical Therapy and Trainers Conference, July 1998, Radnor, Pennsylvania
“Orthopedic Trauma in The Surgical Patient”, General Surgery Grand Rounds, September 1998, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
“Pediatric Sports Medicine”, Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Albert Einstein Medical Center, October 1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Sports Injuries in Physicians-Doctors Heal Thyselves”, Lankenau Medical Grand Rounds, January 1999, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
“Controversies in Sports Medicine”, Haverford Hospital Grand Rounds, February 1999, Broomall, Pennsylvania
“Shoulder Instability in The Athlete - Operative Technique”, Lacrosse Injuries In Athletes, May 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Elbow Injuries In The Athlete”, Thomas Jefferson University Grand Rounds, October 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Rotator Cuff Injuries In Athletes”,   Radiology of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity, October 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Orthopedic Surgery for General Surgeons”, General Surgery Grand Rounds, January 2000, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
“Diagnosis and Management of Common Shoulder Injuries”, Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium
September 2000,   Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
“Physical Examination of The Shoulder”, Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium September 2000,  
 Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
“Shoulder Injuries in Professional Lacrosse Players”, 1st Annual Professional Lacrosse Combine,
Major League Lacrosse, November 2000, Orlando, Florida
“Physical Examination of The Knee”, 1st Annual Professional Lacrosse Combine,
Major League Lacrosse, November 2000, Orlando, Florida
“Physical Examination of The Knee”, University of Delaware Annual Sports Medicine Symposium,
January 2001, Wilmington, Delaware
“Turf Injuries in Sports Medicine”, Thomas Jefferson University Orthopedic Grand Rounds,
February, 2001,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Physical Diagnosis of Athletic Knee Injuries”, Mercy Physical Therapy Grand Rounds, March 2001,
Broomall, Pennsylvania
“Diagnosis and Management of Shoulder Injuries”, Newtown Square Physical Therapy Associates,
April 2001,   Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
“Soft Tissue Problems About The Elbow”, Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium
September 2001,   Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
“Diagnosis and Management of The Unstable Shoulder”, Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium
September 2001,   Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
“Sports Injuries in the Workers Knee”
Annual Rehabilitation & Workers Compensation Seminar
October 2001,  King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
“Ruptures of the Pectoral Major- Surgical Repair”
Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society
April, 2002, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“Overuse Injuries of the Elbow”, Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium
September 2002,   Conshocken, Pennsylvania
“Shoulder Instability in the Young Athlete and The Weekend Warrior”, Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium September 2002,  
 Conshocken, Pennsylvania
“Advanced Techniques in Shoulder Arthroscopy – Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, S.L.A.P. Lesion Repair, Arthroscopic Stabilization.” (Arthrex Facility)
February, 2003, Naples, Florida
“Management of Pain in Sports Medicine” Orthopedic Sportsmedicine Symposium
May, 2003,   Radnor, Pennsylvania
“Impingement Syndrome, Rotator Cuff Tears and Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair”, Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium
September 2003,   Conshocken, Pennsylvania
“Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair”
Aquacenter SportsMedicine Symposium
September, 2003, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Diagnostic Studies of the Knee & Shoulder
Pennsylvania Bar Annual Workers Compensation Meeting
September, 2003    Hershey, Pennsylvania
“Effective Pain Management in Athletes”
Podiatric Sports Conference
October, 2003, Bryn Mawr, PA
”Tennis Elbow & Golf Elbow”
Lankenau Sports Medicine Community Lecture
October, 2003, Wynnewood, PA
”The Spectrum of Sports Medicine Treatment”
Pfizer Sports Medicine Lecture Series
December, 2003, Bala Cynwyd, PA
“Effective Pain Management in Athletes”
Primary Care Sports Medicine Conference
January, 2004, Philadelphia, PA
Shoulder Arthroscopy – Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair  (Arthrex Facility)
February, 2004, Naples, Florida
“NSAIDS  in Athletes”
Pennysylvania Physicians Assistant Grand Rounds
March, 2004, Rosement, PA
Shoulder Injuries –Recreational to Pro Athletes
Lankenau Sports Medicine Community Lecture
October, 2004, Wynnewood, PA
“Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair”, 
Primarily Orthopaedics Symposium
September 2005,   Bryn Mawr Hospital, Pennsylvania
“Shoulder Instability”, 
Main Line Health Nurses Conference
February 2006,   Bryn Mawr Hospital, Pennsylvania
Pec Major Injuries, 
PCOM Grand Rounds
May 2006, PCOM, Philadelphia, PA
Arthroscopic Shoulder Skill Session
(Arthrex Facility)
June, 2007, Naples Florida 
“Shoulder Instability”, 
Arena Football Physicians and Trainers Meeting
September 2008,   Las Vegas, Nevada
“Frozen Shoulder”: Current Concepts
Sponsor Name: Philadelphia Bar Association
Common Work Injuries in the Extremities
Philadelphia,PA
“Impact of Sports” Rothman Institute
Sports Medicine Panel
May 2013, Lincoln Financial Field, Phila, PA
“Posterior Shoulder Instability”
Cooper Hospital Grand Rounds
May 2014, Cooper Hospital, Camden, NJ
RESEARCH  PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Compartment Pressures in Internally Fixed Femoral Shaft Fractures"  Evan Kovalsky, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Milton A. Wohl, M.D., Carlos Guanche, M.D., October, 1986. Winner of Albert Einstein Surgical Research Award 1990
"Cleidocraniopelvic Dysplasia"  Presented at Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children Spring Conference, 1988.  David L. Rubenstein, M.D., A. Bonarkdapour, M.D., Temple University Hospital
"Comparison of Antibiotic Irrigation vs. Saline Irrigation - A Rabbit Model"  Richard Simon, M.D., Scott Kozin, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Robert Ostrum, M.D., November, 1987
"Long-Term Follow-Up of Pyncodysostosis"  David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Michael Clancy, M.D.  Presented at Shiner's Hospital for Crippled Children Spring Conference, 1988
"Analysis of Elbow Torque and Electromyographic Activity"  Scott Kozin, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Robert Liebenberg, M.D.  Moss Rehabilitation Institute, 1988
"Genucom Analysis of Patellofemoral Tracking"  Blake Thompson, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Ralph Gambardella, M.D.  Presented at Kerlan - Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Annual Fellows Conference, 1990
"The Anterior Capsulolabral Reconstruction in the Athletic Population"  David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Frank W. Jobe, M.D., Ronald S. Kvitne, M.D., Ronald E. Glousman, M.D., Marilyn Pink, M.S.  Presented at Kerlan - Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Annual Fellows Conference, 1990; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Shoulder and Elbow Speciality Day, March, 1991, Anaheim, California; Nominated for 1991 "Neer Shoulder and Elbow Award"; New Jersey/New York Combined Orthopaedic Soceity, April, 1991.  Orlando, Florida
"The Anterior Capsulolabral Reconstruction in the Athletic Population"  David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Frank W. Jobe, M.D., Ronald S. Kvitne, M.D., Ronald E. Glousman, M.D., Marilyn Pink, M.S., The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, November/December 1993
"Current Applications of Arthroscopy in the Treatment of Shoulder Disorders", David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Lawrence S. Miller, M.D., Arthur Bartolozzi, M.D., Seminars in Arthroplasty, 1993
"The Arthroscopic Findings of Shoulder Subluxation", David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Mark E. Farmer, M.D., presented at Fellows Sports Medicine Research Conference, June 1993, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Knee Arthroscopy Techniques: Controversy and Consensus", James H. Lubowitz, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Lawrence S. Miller, M.D., Adam Lansdorf, B.S., Arthur Bartolozzi, M.D., Michael Ciccotti, M.D., International Arthroscopy Association and International Society of the  Knee Scientific Presentation, Hong Kong, 1995
Shoulder and Knee Injuries In Swimming”, YMCA Swimming Manual, David L. Rubenstein,M.D. Merrick Wetzler, M.D.
"How Much Does Inferior Capsular Shift Reduce Shoulder Joint Volume?",  James Lubowitz, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D. Arthur Bartolozzi, M.D., Lawrence S. Miller, M.D. and Michael Ciccotti, M.D., Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research Competition, June 1994, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research,328: 86-90, 1996
“Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”, M.J. Wetzler, M.D., A.R. Bartolozzi, M.D., M.J. Gillespie, M.D., D.L. Rubenstein, M.D., M.G. Ciccotti,M.D.,L.S. Miller, M.D., Operative Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery 6:181-189, 1996
“Rotator Cuff Tears: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment”, Jack Abboudi, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., The Jefferson, Orthopedic Journal, Vol. XXVII: 18-25, 1998
“Revision of Failed GORE-TEX Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”, David L. Rubenstein,M.D.,Greg Sarin,D.O., Christian Subbio, B.S., Lawrence S. Miller, M.D.,
Operative Techniques In Sports Medicine,6:97-101,1998
“A Harvesting Technique For Autologous Central One –Third Bone –Patellar-Bone Graft, LawrenceS. Miller, M.D., M.J. Wetzler, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., James H. Lubowitz, M.D., Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
“ Rehabilitation Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”, David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Lawrence S. Miller, M.D., Carol Stratton, RPT, Jeff Chase, M.D.
“Repair of Rotator Cuff Tears In Golfers”, Michael J. Vives, M.D., Lawrence S. Miller, M.D., David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Raj V. Taliwal, M.D. Carl Becker, M.D., Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 17:165-172,2001
“Operative Repair of Anterior Instability and Rotator Cuff Tears in Athletes”, Kenneth Brislin, M.D., David Rubenstein, M.D., Merick Wetzler, M.D., Christian Subbio, M.D., Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine, 10:64-68,2002
“Managing Shoulder Injuries In Swimmers”, David L. Rubenstein, M.D.,David Gloystein, B.S.., Martin Gillespie, M.D., Merrick Wetzler, M.D., Robert C. Schenk, M.D. The Journal Of Musculoskeletal Medicine September, 2002
“Radiographic Analysis of Os Acromiale”, David L. Rubenstein, M.D., Brad Cohen, M.D., 
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