BERTRAM LUBIN, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Bertram Lubin, MD, is the first pediatrician to serve as president and chief executive officer in the 100-year history of Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Dr. Lubin accepted his position after serving the medical center for 36 years, first as chief of Hematology/Oncology, and, since 1981, the director of medical research.
When Dr. Lubin first arrived at Children’s Hospital Oakland in 1973, he took over a small Hematology/Oncology department. He recruited talented young doctors and researchers and the department grew. Today it is recognized nationally and internationally for its research in blood diseases and its outstanding care of children with malignancies, sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and hemophilia.
Next Dr. Lubin took a little research program in the back lot of the medical center and developed it into a $50 million-a-year enterprise, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). In 2008, CHORI ranked sixth in the nation for National Institutes of Health research grant awards to children’s hospitals.
The space devoted to research at Children’s dramatically expanded under Dr. Lubin’s leadership. The hospital acquired the historic University High School, on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and converted it to state-of-the-art labs while maintaining its architectural and historical integrity.
Among his many contributions to medical research, Dr. Lubin played a major role in cord blood banking and was part of a team demonstrating that cord blood transplantation can cure children who have sickle cell anemia. He helped establish the only not-for-profit Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program in the world.
Dr. Lubin grew up in Bellevue, Pa., a small town outside of Pittsburgh. His parents owned a fruit and vegetable market where he worked from a very young age. He completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and did a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Drafted into the army, Dr. Lubin served in Vietnam, as a physician in a provincial health program. When he returned home, he did a hematology/oncology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He then returned to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, to become Director of the Hematology Laboratory and an assistant professor of pediatrics.
Today, Dr. Lubin lists more than 200 publications in medical/scientific journals and has authored/edited several books and chapters related to pediatric hematology.
Dr. Lubin’s recent awards include the Bronze Bambino for lifetime of service to Children’s Hospital, an Advocacy Award in 2005 from the American Society of Hematology and the Philip S. Hench Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Medical Alumni Association at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Lubin sits on several boards and advisory committees, including the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Lubin received the San Francisco Business Times Most-Admired CEO of a Large Non-Profit Award.