When I injured my shoulder during my senior year of high school, I was devastated. I had a lot of final goals that I could no longer realize before graduating. But worse than that, I was being recruited to play in college and did not know if I would ever get back to where I was before the injury. My family did a lot of research and heard Dr. Rubin was the best. Since he worked on high-level aquatic athletes in the past, I figured he knew the needs of a water-based athlete better than anyone else. Boy, was I right.
I had met with a few other doctors before Dr. Rubin since I am not from Southern California, but decided after these meetings and the one with him that he was the man for the job. He treated me with a level of care that showed his concern for not only my injury and his treatment of it, but also my permanent recovery. His concern reached beyond his role as surgeon and extended into maintenance and care.
I returned to Southern California for the surgery, and everything went smoothly. When he got inside, he saw that the 180 degrees of the capsule was visible—meaning my shoulder had been subluxating out of the front and back. He anchored it, and all I have is four tiny holes to show for it. I had meant to write this testimonial years ago, but am just getting to it now—four years later. The one benefit of my delayed praise for him is that I can say the surgery strongly withstood the test of time. My shoulder functions as if nothing had ever happened to it. I can proudly say that because of Dr. Rubin's wonderful work, I was able to go on to my freshman season as the starting goalie for a division one program. Because of the post-surgery program he recommended, I came in stronger than before and went on to beat the Brown University record for number of goalie saves in a season during my freshman year with 296 saves. Thank you, Dr. Rubin. While I hope I never have an injury that leads me to need your services again, I can say that I would come back to you in a heartbeat.
Since I was 8 years old, I dreamed of being a professional Musical Theatre performer. While dancing at a rehearsal during my senior year of high school, I hyperextended my knee and tore my ACL. Although I was in pain, I was too afraid to have it checked out; so I waited three years before admitting to myself that there was indeed a serious problem. In December of 2010, I had ACL reconstructive surgery (not by Dr. Rubin), but I experienced extreme muscular atrophy and was never able to straighten my leg. A year later, I re-tore my ACL. Devastated and feeling my career was over, I decided to see if I could rebuild my muscles through physical therapy alone and avoid another surgery. While performing in the summer of 2012, I took a simple step backwards and tore my medial meniscus in the same knee.
Surgery was no longer avoidable. My mother knew of a young man who had received wonderful results from Dr. Rubin, so I hoped the he would be able to help me as well. I had the meniscectomy in September 2012, but the tunnels from my initial ACL reconstruction were too large to do the ACL repair at that time. Dr. Rubin packed the tunnels with cadaver bone, and we waited for that to incorporate with the bone. I am so grateful for Dr. Rubin's attentiveness and vigilance; he wanted to be sure that when he performed the ACL surgery, it would be my last knee surgery ever! He treated my case as if I were his own daughter.
I finally had the ACL reconstruction of March, 2013, using my patellar tendon. The surgery was a success! Through his care and physical therapy, I am now stronger than before my very first surgery!
Currently, I am fulfilling one of my dreams by playing the role of Jasmine in “Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” at Disney California Adventure. I had given up hope that I would be able to perform again; and now my dreams and career are right within my reach! Dr. Rubin and his staff were so encouraging and helpful throughout this process, and I owe so much of my success to them. I am so grateful for Dr. Rubin's confidence, honesty, and care. Knowing that he made decisions regarding my knee as if I were his own child guaranteed to me that Dr. Rubin would do whatever was necessary to ensure my surgery was meticulous and successful. I could not have asked for a more supportive group of people to keep me motivated and inspire me to perform again!
I was very thankful when my mom found Dr. Rubin. My left elbow had been bugging me for some time. Finally I went to see Dr. Rubin and I got x-rays and an MRA to make sure that I didn't have a fractured radial cap. After the results came back, showing that it was just my growth plate closing and that it was just an elbow strain, I went to physical therapy for a couple weeks. By the time I was done with physical therapy, my elbow felt so much better. I was really thankful that it was just an elbow strain and that I was still able to compete my gymnastics. I was 2nd in the All-Around at the 2012 Regional Championships and Western Nationals. The Region is Northern California, Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Western Nationals is every state west of the Mississippi. I was the 2012 State and Western Nationals beam champion! Without Dr. Rubin's help, I wouldn't have been able to have such a successful season! Thanks!
2012 – 10 meter platform NCAA champion
2011-2012 Pac 12 Champion 1, 3, 10 meter
2011 high-point winner at the ATT USA Diving Championships
With my background stemming from gymnastics and diving, my body was bound to break down sooner or later. Unfortunately, it began breaking down when my success as a diver began to take off. When finding out that I needed surgery, I was given only one name: Dr. Rubin. This name was highly recommended by various people I had talked to for the overall consensus was, "no doctor knows how to repair a diver quite like Dr. Rubin."
When contacting him in the fall of 2009, I gave him everything he needed to evaluate my case. At this point, most every dive I did resulted in sharp pains shooting down my arm followed by numbness all throughout my arm. I had very little mobility in my shoulder and was lucky to get through 30 minutes of diving. Having already qualified for Olympic Trials, I knew that whether I had surgery or not, that wouldn't stop me from going. I ended up having surgery in the spring of 2010.
My experience with Dr. Rubin was the best I could have asked for. In meeting Dr. Rubin the day before my surgery, he reassured me of the procedure I would be getting along with detailing to me the process I will endure both before and after surgery.
After surgery, I ended up taking 3rd on platform at the ATT National Championship event. Following this, my success only grew as I won the NCAA Division 1 Collegiate platform event while also qualifying for 2 international grand prix meets on platform. I can honestly say that I would not have had this success without Dr. Rubin's help. He knew what I needed both in and out of the water and stayed in contact with me well after surgery, always keeping tabs of how I was doing. I am a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. Though my torn labrum and split rotator cuff isn't something anyone or I would ask for, it brought me to Dr. Rubin whom I know made my shoulder the best it had ever been. Words can't express how thankful I am to have had Dr. Rubin fix my shoulder, as it wasn't just a shoulder to me but also a dream that I am now able to follow through on! Thank you Dr. Rubin!
2000, 2001, 2002 Mr. California Masters over 50
2001 National masters over 50
2008 Mr. California Masters over 60
2008 National Masters over 60
I'm a 61 year old competitive bodybuilder. In July 2007 Dr. Rubin performed an AC decompression (Mumford procedure) and debridement of my right shoulder. Within 5 weeks I was at 100% of my training poundage. That spring 2008 I competed and won the California bodybuilding championships masters and L.A. master shows. Later I went on to win the National masters over 60. Just recently, November 5th 2010 Dr. Rubin performed the same surgery on my left shoulder. Again after only 4 weeks recovery I'm at almost 100% of my training poundage.
I truly believe if it were not for Dr. Rubin's great skills I would not be where I'm at today. I remember prior to my first surgery with Dr. Rubin. I called a good friend of mine, Dr Chris Jordan also an Orthopaedic surgeon, who had moved out of state. He asked me who was doing the surgery. When I told him it was Dr. Rubin, He said," he's the best shoulder man in the country". That was good enough for me. Again, thanks Dr. Rubin!
Olympic Gold Medalist Diving 2000 Russia
Olympic Silver Medalist Diving 2004 Russia
I met Dr. Ben Rubin during my international travels with the Russian Diving team. Ben was the official doctor for the USA Diving team and was always available to assist every diver with their medical needs.
I had always had injuries during my diving career but never had access to good medical doctors in Russia. So I went on training and competing with injuries. When I came to the United States to attend the University of Texas my shoulder pain became unbearable. I completed my eligibility with a sore shoulder but was planning to continue competing internationally for Russia at the Olympic level. That was when my UT coach Matt Scoggin and the UT trainer Tina Bonci recommended I see Ben Rubin and Ben Rubin only. Ben operated on my shoulder in June of 1998 and in September of 2000 I won my Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. I continued to compete and won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as well as multiple World and European Championships medals.
I am very thankful to Dr. Rubin for helping me achieve my lifetime dream of winning Olympic medals and prolonging my athletic career by 6 years. I would recommend every athlete with an athletic injury to consult with Dr. Rubin as he is very knowledgeable about different sports and what it takes physically to be successful in those sports. His bedside manner is impeccable; he truly cares for the wellbeing of his patients and is full of enthusiasm and encouragement.
Professional Beach Volleyball player
3 time Olympian
NCAA MVP 1994 and 1995
At the end of my '07 season, I couldn't lift my shoulder let alone move it without pain. I figured that my career of 20+ years had finally caught up to me. I was scared at the prospect of never playing again. After countless people evaluating me and "guessing" my condition, Dr. Rubin was the only Dr. to test me and cold call everything wrong with my shoulder. Beyond that, he also explained a number of issues I was having with my shoulder while also mapping out a game plan of care. This was the Dr. for me, a guy who knows not only what I need care wise, but also the conviction to make the correct choice for my career once inside my shoulder.
I told him that if he can get me back to playing at the level that I expect of myself and help me win another tournament, I owe him a steak dinner. Since my surgery, I not only won another tournament, but ended the season as #4 on tour. Thank you Dr. Rubin for fixing my shoulder and giving me my 1,000,000 swing tune-up. People always tell you who they think you need to see for your care, but I quickly and assertively tell them unequivocally "thank you, but I know who I need to see...Dr. Rubin."
Dr. Ron O'Brien
Eight time USA Olympic Diving Coach 1968-1996
My divers, as well as many other national, international and Olympic level divers have utilized Dr. Rubin's services. Elite divers continue to fly in from around the country and the world to take advantage of his unique skills. Dr. Rubin's work with these athletes has been exceptional, with many of them going on to win Olympic medals. This incredible level of success is due to his excellent surgical skills and experience, ability to connect with the athlete, both emotionally and physically during rehabilitation and training, and his unparalleled understanding of the sport and what is needed in the surgical procedure. Dr. Rubin knows the sport of diving better than any other surgeon I know. He is the "go to guy" for shoulder surgery in elite divers around the country and the world.
Women's World Cup Soccer Team, 2003, 2007
Two Time Olympic Soccer Gold Medalist, 2004, 2008
Women's Professional Soccer League, The Los Angeles Sol
I first met Dr. Rubin in 2005 after I tore my meniscus while playing with the U.S. National Team. Dr. Rubin did fantastic job of repairing my knee, so when I tore my ACL in my other knee in 2006, I knew he was the surgeon for the job. As an elite athlete with a serious injury, finding the right surgeon was a top priority. After my first injury, my physical therapist referred me to Dr. Rubin and right away I felt comfortable. The facility was top class, the staff was friendly and most importantly, I felt completely taken care of. They made everything easy for me in what can be a very stressful situation. Dr. Rubin took the time to explain every part of my injury, the surgery itself, and the recovery process. Both surgeries were a success and I have continued to play at the highest level without any problems. I have no doubt that if I ever need a surgeon again, he will always be my first choice. I highly recommend Dr. Rubin, whether it's for an elite athlete or anyone needing surgery from major to minor.
Head Football Coach, Laguna Hills High School
Dr. Rubin and his staff of highly qualified professionals are one of the best in the country! I have been coaching football in Orange County for the last 29 years. I am the Head Football Coach at Laguna Hills High School for the last 12 years. My relationship with Dr. Rubin also extends 29 years when I first met Dr. Rubin as our team doctor at Servite. Over these many years I have referred hundreds of athletes to Dr. Rubin. He and his staff are extremely professional, accessible and very caring. Appointments can be secured immediately through a very cooperative office staff coordinated by Hilda. Athletes and their parents are very complimentary about Dr. Rubin's patient/doctor rapport and his ability to expertly diagnose injuries and provide strategies for recovery. He also will advise patients on different options in relation to their lifestyles and fitness needs.
Dr. Rubin has also performed numerous surgeries on me, each a complete success with full recovery and no complications in a minimal amount of time. Dr. Rubin's surgeries have allowed me to live the quality of life I want to live being extremely functional lifting weights, golfing, and snow skiing now at age 56.
I have also referred countless friends to Dr. Rubin whom also have been thoroughly impressed with his caring attitude and his expertise in evaluating their injuries. OSI is a state of the art center.
University California Irvine, Tennis
I came to know Dr. Rubin when I injured my shoulder playing tennis in 2005. Dr. Rubin was highly recommended by the medical community as the top orthopedic surgeon in the area, especially for the treatment of shoulders and knees. He certainly lives up to his reputation. Dr. Rubin stands out not only for his medical intelligence, academic background, and experience with top athletes, but also for his thoughtfulness, professionalism, attention to detail, and insistence on working in the best interest of the patient. His superiority in skill and practice are evidenced by fantastic results; within six months of my surgery, I was able to return to competitive tennis and win a USTA Girls 18's National Open doubles title with my identical twin sister, and within one year, I helped capture the CIF Division I Tennis Team Championship. Four years later, I am still pain free and am able to play top level NCAA Division I tennis. With Dr. Rubin and his exceedingly proficient physician assistant, Stacy Summa, I received the best care available and owe my recovery and resultant success to them. They and the entire OSI staff combine to create an unparalleled experience in terms of kindness, organization, and the smoothness to which appointments, insurance, and other issues are handled. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Rubin. He is an inspiration and I am confident that those he treats are in the best hands possible.
Director of Exercise Science and Fitness Complex at Orange Coast College
Certified Athletic Trainer
Two Time National Community College Trainer of the Year -1980, 1984
I am frequently asked if I know of a good orthopedic surgeon that I would recommend. With complete confidence and no hesitation, I always recommend Dr. Ben Rubin. I first met Dr. Ben Rubin when I was the Athletic Trainer at Orange Coast College. I referred all our Athletes to him and I became a patient of his as well. Subsequently, many of my family and friends have also had need of his expertise at one time or another. Dr. Rubin's knowledge and understanding of orthopedic problems and injuries is exceptional. However, what I admire most in his patient care is how he listens and encourages his patients to ask any questions they might have. His concern for his patients is genuine. Everyone, including athletes, family, friends, and colleagues that have been in Dr. Rubin's care have thanked me for sending them to such an exceptional orthopedic surgeon.
Two Time Soccer All American, Westmont College
I came to know Dr. Rubin at the end of my Junior Year in High School, after tearing my ACL in a club soccer tournament. I saw Dr. Rubin as a 2nd opinion after the first Dr. told me I did not have a torn ACL. Dr. Rubin knew right away that I had a torn ACL and got me in immediately for surgery so I could try to get back in time for college recruiting. I had a short window of time to work with in order to secure a college scholarship. I finished up my high school season and got the college offers I was looking for. My ACL held up all through college and helped me to become a two-time All-American at Westmont College.
After graduating college I was playing in a co-ed soccer game when I took an extremely hard hit from a male player on the field which quickly twisted my knee on turf and tore my ACL again. I was told from fans the kind of hit I took would have torn anyone's ACL. I went back to Dr. Rubin who then repaired my ACL with my hamstring since he had already used my patella tendon and again the same outcome; I had an amazingly pain free and fast recovery and now have a strong and healthy knee again.
Former Head Football Coach, Orange Coast College and Edison High School
During my 38 years as a football coach, I have had the need for a great orthopedic surgeon, for my players and sometimes myself. I found that doctor in Dr. Ben Rubin! I have been associated with Dr. Rubin for over 20 years, while serving as the head coach at Edison High School and Orange Coast College. Always communicative, he has the ability to help the average person understand their Orthopaedic condition. He has never failed to get the players back on the field or this coach back on the sideline. Dr. Ben is the best in his field and I have come to trust this principled and skilled man. I consider him a teammate and friend.
Dr. Michele Mitchell
Two Time Olympic 10 meter Platform Silver Medalist
Diving Coach, University of Arizona
I had the good fortune to have Dr. Ben Rubin operate on both of my shoulders, one before each of two Olympic Games (1984 and 1988). Each surgery literally saved my Olympic Diving career and 25 years later my shoulders are 100%.
There is no finer surgeon than Ben; there is no doctor with a better bedside manner; there is no person more concerned for others than Dr. Rubin.
My experience was so positive and the outcome of my surgery so successful that I went on to win 2 Olympic Silver medals in 10 meter platform diving, a World Championship, a Pan Am Games gold medal and 9 U.S. Diving National Championships.
Now, as a coach at the University of Arizona, I regularly send my divers to Ben when they need evaluation and potential shoulder surgery to save their careers. As I told him, "You are a surgical grandpa", and like any proud parent, there is no one else in the would that I would leave my kids with than Ben.
Dr. Sammy Lee
Two Time Olympic 10 Meter Platform Gold Medalist
I have known Dr. Ben Rubin since the late 1970's when he volunteered his services to the U.S. Olympic Diving program and I introduced him to our U.S. Olympic Diving Coach Ron O'Brien. Dr. Rubin has successfully treated many national and international team divers including Greg Louganis for shoulder instability, rotator cuff, wrist, and back injuries. His surgical skills are second to none. As a person and as a physician he should be in the Olympic Hall of Fame.
Athletic Director, Servite High School
Dr. Rubin has always provided excellent care to our athletes at Servite High School and their families. He has explained to parents and students alike what to expect of the recommended care as well as the recovery process. For 30 years he has provided us with phenomenal service. Thanks to him, our athletes are well cared for and back in the game.
He has also helped my family to get back on our feet. My daughter, Amanda's knee surgery went excellent. She is back, participating in tennis, again. We could not have asked for better or faster results. I feel fantastic after my neck surgery. His professionalism and care of me and my daughter were wonderful.
Associate Editor, Test Rider for Cycle World Magazine
I hurt my shoulder when I flipped my motorcycle going over 65 mph while racing at Supermoto. I was in severe pain and could barely lift my right arm. I was concerned about the damage, unsure if it would ever work properly again.
I was referred to Dr. Rubin by another physician treating my wrist injury. His welcoming, assuring staff helped me get through the paper worked and organize the needed MRI. Dr. Rubin did a great job explaining to me the exact injury, procedure that it would take to rectify my problem and gave me a real estimated recovery time.
Of course I didn't witness Dr. Rubin's handy work first hand, thank God I was sleeping. After rehabilitation my arm feels awesome, my mobility is not limited and the shoulder joint feels assuredly strong, I have had no problems with it ever since. And that huge, because I wasn't kidding when I said I wasn't sure if it would work properly ever again.
Now I'm back at it pushing myself, requiring a lot out of my shoulders. I'm 40 years old, still love surfing, skateboarding, and kayaking. I race/test motorcycles for Cycle World magazine for the last 10 years and I need my shoulders to perform at high-levels on a regular basis and since my shoulder surgery it hasn't let me down. Just have to have my left shoulder fixed now.
Olympic Silver Medalist 3 meter diving, Mexico
Three time Olympian 1992, 1996, 2000
World Champion Silver Medalist 3 meter and 10 meter synchronized diving
I had the honor to meet Dr. Benjamin Rubin in 1992. At that time I was one of the best divers in Mexico and I had already had success in the Central American Games, national competitions, world cups and world championships. It seemed that Barcelona would be not only my first Olympic games, but also my first opportunity to continue a tradition of excellent Mexicans divers. But sports is a teacher of life, and I had an injury to my left wrist about one year before the Olympics. I was introduced to Dr. Rubin by my coach at that time, Salvador Sobrino, who he knew because he done surgery on his shoulder 10 years earlier. I knew about him from many other divers from around the world that he had treated.
Thanks to Dr. Rubin I not only made the Olympic team for Barcelona in 1992, but the next year I was able to start again to dive 10 meter platform and I became a gold medalist at the Pan American Games in 3 meter and 10 meter in 1995, went to the Olympic games in Atlanta in 1996 and earned a silver medal on 3 meter springboard in Sidney in 2000.
My admiration for Dr. Rubin is not only on the professional level, because of his success with so many athletes from so many countries over many years, but I learned about how he feels about helping people with knowledge, love and professionalism. At the same time I learned the values of ethics, family, passion, hard work, responsibility, values that make the difference between being and being one of the best.
I take this chance to thank Dr. Rubin because he and his team helped make my 12 year diving carrier successful, and to accomplish my dream to be an Olympic medalist. I also thank him, Judy and Ally for teaching me how personal values determine our path to accomplish our goals. I am sure that the champions in life are those that work every day to win not only one competition, the champions in life work day by day to win all the days of their lives.
University of Texas at Austin, Softball
I recommend Dr. Rubin as the best choice for athletes. As a softball player from the University of Texas at Austin, I was more than happy to have Dr. Rubin as my shoulder doctor. He was attentive to my needs and concerns. Dr. Rubin referred me to excellent physical therapist in my area for a full recovery.
Former Swim Coach
Dr. Rubin gave me my life back! I have been a swimmer, surfer, scuba diver, all around water person my whole life. Without my shoulder I was handicapped. I fell and tore my rotator cuff. Another doctor told me they were unsure if it could be fixed. I was unable to swim without pain. Then a friend referred me to Dr. Rubin. He fixed me rotator cuff and I have now swum over 60 1-3 mile ocean swims. He also recently repaired my knee with great success. I have never been more impressed with another human being. I feel privileged to be associated with Dr. Rubin.
World Champion 3 meter diving, 1991
US Olympic Diving Team Member 1992, 5th place
Pan American Games Champion 1991
Member of US National Team for 14 years
I first met Ben Rubin while I was a member of the US national diving team in 1985. After dislocating my shoulder in an international competition in Sydney, Australia in 1987, Ben was the first person I called when my flight from Australia landed in LA. Prior to my injury, I knew what a trusted and skilled doctor Ben was from incredible stories I had heard from all of my teammates that Ben had taken care of - and my experience confirmed all that I had heard. Ben is caring, compassionate and is not only concerned about getting your injury better, he cares about you as a person. His bedside manner is like no other I have experienced with any doctor - he is honest about your limitations, provides you with realistic progress timelines and is sure to connect you with an equally caring and skilled physical therapist to ensure your injury heals as quickly and painlessly as possible. Because the Olympic Trials were just months away, I didn't have enough healing time to have surgery to repair my shoulder. Ben connected me with a talented physical therapy team in Florida, and I rehabilitated and strengthened my shoulder. In a very short time I was competing again and in contention for making the US Olympic Team.
During the finals of the Olympic trials, my shoulder dislocated again and this time Ben was poolside to help put my shoulder back in place so I could continue to go after my dream and finish the competition. In between dives he was there, taking me through my range of motion to ensure I would be able to safely perform each one of my next 10 dives. When the competition was over, I was one place shy of qualifying for the US Olympic Diving team - and Ben was there to support me personally in a time of great disappointment.
After the US Olympic Trials, I was broken athlete. I had narrowly missed out on making the Olympic team for the second consecutive time, my teammates were going to the Olympics and I was staying home. To add to this anxiety, I had to have surgery to repair my shoulder and I was terrified. As my teammates took off for the Olympics, I was released into Ben's caring hands. This is when I realized what good hands I was in with Ben and his family. I stayed with the Rubins in their home before and after surgery and they were the most caring and compassionate family I could imagine - I truly gained a new family and lifelong friends.
The surgery Ben performed enabled me to get back into diving competition quickly and successfully. At a time when most surgeons were performing shoulder surgeries that opened the entire shoulder, Ben tried a new, less invasive surgery that had a reduced healing time. In addition, the personal, caring touch that Ben provided with all follow up and care was over and beyond anything I could have imagined. In the four years following my surgery, I went on to win several national titles, the World Championships, Pan American Games and qualified for the 1992 US Olympic diving team - all with Ben as the US team Orthopedic Surgeon right there by my side. My shoulder was strong, stable and was not a concern.
And although my Olympic competition wasn't all I hoped it would be - a fifth place finish - Ben was at my side at the Olympics as a doctor, a friend and a guiding support - as he continues to be today. When others avoided me on the deck of the Olympic pool the next day because they didn't know how to react to my disappointing finish, Ben and his family were there for me giving me emotional support that only family could provide.
When my friends ask about my surgery and the care I received when I was treated by Ben, I share this incredible experience and describe the life-long friendship that I have developed with the Rubin family. And after I finish my story, I realize how high Ben has set the bar for other Orthopedic Surgeons to attempt to reach.