Lisa V. Rubenstein

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Director, VA/UCLA/RAND Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior
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M.D., Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York; M.S.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles

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Lisa Rubenstein is a natural scientist at the RAND Corporation and professor of medicine and public health at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, past president of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and board member of AcademyHealth. She founded and directs the Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, a consortium of health researchers at VAGLAHS, UCLA, and RAND that supports funded implementation science work on HIV/hepatitis C, women's health, mental health, geriatrics and long-term care, genomics, and primary care, as well as work leading up to implementation in care settings in a variety of other areas.

Rubenstein focuses on redesigning health care systems through quality improvement and implementation research. She works on improving implementation science through expert consensus and evidence review with the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center. She implemented and evaluated collaborative care for depression inside and outside of the VA, and is leading a Patient-Centered Medical Home/Patient-Aligned Care Teams demonstration laboratory that supports and evaluates VA's national implementation of accountable, patient-centered primary care. She has expertise in medical record review and performance measurement in inpatient, nursing home, and outpatient settings, including nursing care quality measurement.

She received her M.D. from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and her M.S.P.H. from UCLA and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Professor of Medicine and Public Health in Residence, Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles and UCLA School of Medicine

Previous Positions

Associate Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Recent Projects

  • Creating new models for interdisciplinary care delivery

Selected Publications

Lisa V. Rubenstein et al., "Impacts of Evidence-Based Quality Improvement on Depression in Primary Care: A Randomized Experiment," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2006

Lisa V. Rubenstein, "Improving Care for Depression: There's No Free Lunch," Annals of Internal Medicine, 145(7), 2006

Lisa V. Rubenstein and Jacqueline Pugh, "Strategies for Promoting Organizational and Practice Change by Advancing Implementation Research," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21, 2006

Scott E. Sherman et al., "Smokers' Interest in Quitting and Services Received: Using Practice Information to Plan Quality Improvement and Policy for Smoking Cessation," American Journal of Medical Quality, 20(1), 2005

Kenneth Wells et al., "Five-Year Impact of Quality Improvement for Depression: Results of a Group-Level Randomized Controlled Trial," Archives of General Psychiatry, 61(4), 2004