Dr. Aaron Rubin

Dr. Aaron Rubin

Chief Medical Officer

Aaron Rubin, MD, FAAFP, FACSM is a Family Medicine and Sports Medicine physician with a special interest and experience in emergency management and disaster preparedness. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice (FAAFP) and American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM).


Dr. Rubin obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, TX. He completed a Residency in Family Medicine at the Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Center in Amarillo, TX and Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Fontana, CA.

Experience and Service

Dr. Rubin is the Past Regional Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Tri-chair for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Committee, Physician Chair of the Kaiser Permanente Fontana/Ontario Disaster Preparedness committee and was the physician leader in developing the Safety, Security and Threat Oversight Committee and the Prevention of Workplace Violence Program.  He was the physician leader in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Command Center.

Dr. Rubin served in the Kaiser Permanente Regional Command Center for the Covid-19 response from March 2020 until July 2021.  In this role, he was the Chief Medical Officer for the California State Long Beach Covid-19 testing site and the Cal Poly Pomona Mass Vaccination Hub, where our team provided over 300,000 vaccines to the community.  He continued to advise SOSC and Cal Poly Pomona on safe return to activities during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic

He then served as Medical Consultant to the Safe Return Task Force for Cal Poly Pomona from 2021-2023.

He was a Founding Executive and later served as the Commander for the San Bernardino Medical Society/San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Medical Reserve Corp.

As a team physician for the University of California, Riverside and Patriot and Rubidoux High Schools, he was involved in the planning for large and small events.  These included serving as Medical Director of the Big West Basketball championships and NCAA Western Regional Basketball Tournament He also served as Medical Consultant for the California Police Games (Pasadena, 1999) California Police and Fire Games (San Bernardino County, 2000, 2011) and the World Police and Fire Games (Los Angeles 2017).

He was also the Medical Director for the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles. The World Games Medical Staff provided care to over 6000 athletes and 3000 delegates for the 10 days of the event at venues across the Los Angeles Area.  The Special Olympics movement “transforms lives through the joy of sport and is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries.”(1)

Special Olympics is also the world’s largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities. (2)

Dr. Rubin continues to advise the Special Olympics movement, serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) and is a Clinical Director for MedFest (Preparticipation Exams for Special Olympics Athletes) and has been the Medical Director for the Special Olympics Southern California Summer and Fall Games from 2016 until present.


Dr. Rubin was the Founding Fellow of the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Fontana, CA, where he served as Program Director from 1993 until 2020. He was also a member of the Academic Faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Program during the same period and continues to teach and support the programs.

Development of Curricula and Educational Materials

Creator of the Sideline Trauma and Event Medicine (STEM) course for Sports Medicine Providers and has published articles and done presentations in the areas of Sports Medicine and Emergency Preparedness.

Developed training program for physicians and other providers for the Special Olympics World Games in 2015.  Presented as symposium and electronic learning modules.

Participated as physician leader in development of “Prevention of workplace violence” and “Threat Management Curriculum” for Kaiser Permanente.

Currently developing course for medical students in disaster and austere medicine.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

      1. Rubin AL, Woodward T, Harrison L, Simon L, Rodriquez, J: Medical Learnings from The Special Olympics World Games 2015 Current Sports Medicine Reports. May/June 2016 15 (3)
      2. Rubin, Aaron L. MD. Safety, Security, and Preparing for Disaster at Sporting Events. Current Sports Medicine Reports 3(3):p 141-145, June 2004.
      3. Simon LM, Rubin AL. Traveling with the team. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2008 May-Jun;7(3):138-43. doi: 10.1097/01.CSMR.0000319717.94287.46. PMID: 18477870.

Books and Chapters

      1. Rubin AL, Simon L, Tunison, A. Medicolegal concerns. In ACSM’s Sports Medicine A Comprehensive Review 2nd Edition (Eds O’Connor, F, et al.) Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (In Press).
      2. Rubin AL. Drug Testing. In ACSM’s Sports Medicine A Comprehensive Review 2nd Edition (Eds O’Connor, F, et al.) Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (In Press).
      3. Rubin, AL. Special Olympics In ISAKOS Sideline Management in Sports (Eds Rocha Piedade, Hutchinson, Parker, Espregueira-Mendes, Neyret) Springer (In press)
Invited Presentations


MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE 2019 Dusseldorf, Germany November 2019

Integrating new technology into sports medicine practice


American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting May 2019
Injury and illness patterns: Special Olympics World Games 2015 Los Angeles, CA and Special Olympics USA Games 2018 Seattle, WA.

American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting May 2011
Preparing for Disasters at Sports Events

AMSSM National Meeting 2014 (Panelist)
Sports Medicine Physicians Play Multifaceted Role When Disaster Strikes Disaster Preparedness for Team Physicians One Year after the 2013 Boston Marathon

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference, Sacramento, 2016
Planning for Mass Gathering Events

Local (Presentation in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness)

Incident Command System for Medical Providers
Safety and Security for Medical Providers
Threat Management including Active Shooter and Stop the Bleed
Introduction to disaster preparedness
Response to chemical events
Triage during disasters
Disaster preparedness for the primacy care provider
Disasters at sporting events
Personal and family preparedness
Safety and security, from the exam room to the streets


(1) SOSC website accessed 8/11/21 https://www.sosc.org/about

(2) SOSC website accessed 8/11/21 https://www.sosc.org/healthyathletes

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