Statement by the American Diabetes Association on the Passing of Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE

Alexandria,
March 26, 2013

The American Diabetes Association mourns the loss of Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE from Monkton, Maryland. Dr. Rubin served as an Association volunteer for more than 30 years, having been President, Health Care and Education in 2006–2007, chair of the Association’s Committee on Professional Councils, and chair of the Council on Behavioral Medicine and Psychology. He was a member of the Association’s Program Publications Editorial Board, Scientific and Medical Programs Oversight Committee, Health Care Finance Administration Advisory Group, and Health Care and Education Advisory Board, Pinnacle Society and he chaired the Task Force on the Delivery of Diabetes Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy. He has received multiple awards from the Association over the years, including the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award in 1997, Levine Medal for Service in 2007 and the Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2010.

“Dr. Rubin made remarkable contributions as an Association volunteer and diabetes educator throughout his career,” commented Larry Hausner, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association. “His commitment in the fight to stop diabetes was truly inspirational. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he has touched and we send our condolences to his family.”

Dr. Rubin was also a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He had been involved as a principal or co-investigator in several long-term studies in the management of diabetes, including the Diabetes Prevention Program and Look AHEAD trials. Additionally he was an investigator in the POWER trial of weight loss in primary care settings.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)