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Biography - Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin

Born on Feb. 10, 1943 to Mike and Sarah Rubin, Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin was the first practicing oncologist, as well as the second hematologist, in New Brunswick.

Dr. Rubin attended Dalhousie University in Halifax for both his pre-medical (1961-64) and medical (1964-69) education. During his last year of medical school, he did his rotating internship at Halifax's Victoria General Hospital.

He was an Internal Medicine resident at the same hospital for the two years following (1969-71), before completing a Research Fellowship in hematology at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto (1971-73). He then returned to Dalhousie for a Clinical Fellowship in hematology (1973-75). 

He received his Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in both internal medicine and hematology in 1974.

Dr. Rubin became a staff member at The Moncton Hospital in 1975, as an oncologist and hematologist. In the same year, he also began as a consultant in the same fields at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

The following year, 1976, Dr. Rubin established a Chemotherapy Clinic, single-handedly treating patients from the entire eastern half of the province.

He established the first comprehensive Hemophiliac Clinic in the province in May 1988. The clinic, under the directorship of Dr. Rubin, was established in cooperation with the New Brunswick Haemophilia Society.

With Dr. Bill Thompson, he also started the first HIV treatment program in New Brunswick, and subsequently the first Hepatitis C program.

Dr. Rubin retired in April 2016. He lives in Moncton with his wife, Sharon. They have two children, Gabrielle and Mitchell, and two grandchildren, Maddison and Ethan.

Selected honours include:

  • Recipient of the N.B. Medical Society's Dr. Garfield Moffatt Medal for Excellence in Patient Care (1999)
  • Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, West Riverview Rotary Club (2000)
  • Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Recipient of the Order of New Brunswick (2016)


  • New Brunswick Medical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Internal Medicine and Hematology)
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Nova Scotia Medical Association
  • Canadian Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • International Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada


  • Board of Directors, Canadian Cancer Society, New Brunswick Division (1979-83)
  • Medical Advisory Board, Canadian Cancer Society, member, New Brunswick Division (1984-85)
  • ADHDC member, Cancer Services Design Committee, New Brunswick government (1984)
  • Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, member, Canadian Hemophilia Society (1984-85)
  • Comprehensive Care Hemophilia Clinic, director, The Moncton Hospital (1988)
  • Provincial Working Group Associated with national Cancer 2000 project on Cancer Prevention & Control, member (1990)
  • Hematology/Oncology Advisory Board , member, Ortho Pharmaceutical (Canada) Ltd. (1990)
  • New Brunswick Area Blood Services Committee, member Canadian Red Cross Society (1990)
  • Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada, member (1995)
  • Cancer Services Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health, member (1996)
  • Advisory Board Committee, member, Jenson-Ortho Inc. (2000)
  • Canadian Advisory Board committee, member, AstraZeneca (2002)
  • Roche Oncology Advisory Board Committee, member (2005)
  • Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, Department of Medicine (2013)

Dr. Rubin has also written numerous papers for various medical publications and participated in many CME (continuing medical education) conferences across Canada, the United States and Europe. 

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