Otology & Neurotology have made enormous strides in recent years. We are now able to not just rehabilitate lost hearing and balance function, but in many cases to enhance function that has only partly deteriorated. This increases the complexity of decision making and hence the physician and surgeon's educational role in patient care. Partnering with patients in this process is what makes this field rewarding.

Biography 

Dr Rubinstein received ScB/ScM degrees in Engineering at Brown University in 1981/83. He received an MD and PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Washington in 1987/88. He completed postdoctoral research training and residency in Otolaryngology in 1994 at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He completed a Neurotology fellowship at the University of Iowa in 1995 staying as Assistant then Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Bioengineering. In 2003/04 he was the Boerhaave Professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is currently Virginia Merrill Bloedel Professor of Otolaryngology and Bioengineering and Director, Bloedel Hearing Research Center, University of Washington. He is past-president of the American Auditory Society and President of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. He is a member of the Collegium Otorhinolaryngologicum as well as a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles in both clinical and basic science journals and has mentored 18 predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in basic and translational research, as well as providing clinical training to a large number of otolaryngology residents and fellows. His laboratory studies models of, signal processing in and perception with cochlear implants, and is collaborating in the development of a vestibular implant. His clinical interests encompass management of tumors of the lateral skull base, as well as auditory, vestibular and facial nerve discorders.

Overview 

Undergraduate Education: Brown University, Providence, RI, 1981

Medical School: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1987-1988

Internship: Beth Isreal Hospital, Harvard Surgical Services, Boston, MA, 1989

Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, 1994

Fellowship: Otology & Neurotology, University of Iowa, 1995

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-HNS, 1995, Neurotology, 2005, 2013

Awards and honors 

2013-2014: President, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2012: Seattle Top Doctors 
2010-2011: Best Doctors in America 
2009-2010: Best Doctors in America 
2009-2010: President, American Auditory Society 
2009: Presidential Citation, American Otologic Society 
2009: Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology - HNS 
2007-2008: Best Doctors in America 
2006: Elected Senior Member of the IEEE 
2006: Elected to the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitae Sacrum 
2005-2006: Best Doctors in America 
2003-2004: Boerhaave Professor, Leiden University, the Netherlands 

Academic interests 

CLINICAL INTERESTS

Dr Rubinstein's clinical interests encompass management of tumors of the lateral skull base, as well as auditory, vestibular and facial nerve discorders. He has special expertise in middle fossa approaches to the temporal bone and hearing preservation in cochlear implant surgery.

 

RESEARCH FOCUS

Dr Rubinstein's laboratory studies models of, signal processing in and perception with cochlear implants, and is collaborating in the development of a vestibular implant. He is also the administrative Director of the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at UW.

 

Recent Publications

Horn DL, Dudley DJ, Dedhia K, Nie K, Drennan WR, Won JH, Rubinstein JT, Werner LA. Erratum: Effects of age and hearing mechanism on spectral resolution in normal hearing and cochlear-implanted listeners [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141(1), 613-623 (2017)]., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2017 May; 141(5):2977

Horn DL, Dudley DJ, Dedhia K, Nie K, Drennan WR, Won JH, Rubinstein JT, Werner LA. Effects of age and hearing mechanism on spectral resolution in normal hearing and cochlear-implanted listeners., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2017 Jan; 141(1):613

Horn DL, Won JH, Rubinstein JT, Werner LA. Spectral Ripple Discrimination in Normal-Hearing Infants., Ear Hear ; 38(2):212-222

O'Brien GE, Imennov NS, Rubinstein JT. Simulating electrical modulation detection thresholds using a biophysical model of the auditory nerve., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2016 May; 139(5):2448

O'Brien GE, Rubinstein JT. The development of biophysical models of the electrically stimulated auditory nerve: Single-node and cable models., Network 2016 ; 27(2-3):135-156

Latest news 

Named again in 2017 as one of Puget Sound area's Top Doctors in Otolaryngology by Seattle Magazine.

Using a Computer Model to Improve How Cochlear Implants Perform
July 2016

Regenerating Hair Cells to Save Hearing at UW Medicine
October 2015