Lisa V. Rubenstein

Senior Natural Scientist
Santa Monica Office


M.D., Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York; M.S.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

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Lisa V. Rubenstein is a senior 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 former board member of AcademyHealth.

Rubenstein focuses on redesigning health care systems through quality improvement and implementation research. She works on improving implementation science with the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center at RAND. With RAND collaborators, she has implemented and evaluated collaborative care for depression inside and outside of the VA. With key support from RAND and the UCLA School of Public Health, she leads a patient centered medical home demonstration laboratory for supporting and evaluating VA's national patient centered medical home implementation and leads a multi-site VA study of improving intensive management for high risk primary care patients. Rubenstein also leads a program project aimed at improving care coordination within primary care, between emergency and primary care, and between the hospital and the community. She participates in a RAND/NIDA study for validating alcohol care quality measures. She directs the VA GLA Quality Scholars program. She has expertise in medical record review and performance measurement in inpatient, nursing home, and outpatient settings.

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

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

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

Previous Positions

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