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Daniel D. Rubens, MB BS

Daniel D. Rubens, MB BS

Anesthesia, Pain Medicine

On staff since July 2000

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"It can be tough for different providers to work together efficiently when the stakes are high. We are building our simulation program to talk about this and make it better. Simulation training breaks up roles and staff hierarchies in a safe way, so teams function better when every moment counts."

Making a Difference


Board Certification(s)
Anesthesia (Non-ABMS)
Anesthesiology, Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, NSW
Westmead Hospital, Wentworthville, NSW
Clinical Interests


Research Description

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of 2,500 infants in the United States every year. Striking without warning and leaving scant clues about its cause, SIDS has defied all attempts to unlock its secret, casting a shadow of fear over every family with a newborn.

I am researching the finding of a hearing deficit from inner ear damage, noted at birth in SIDS infants with newborn hearing tests, and its potential relationship to the later mechanism of death.

Research Focus Area

Translational Research

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
Marketing of Daniel Rubens SIDS Research for Seattle Children's Hospital Research InstitutePoster in Pediatrics and New England Journal of MedicineApril 2008 - Oct. 2008
"The Man of the Ear"Seattle Metropolitain MagazineOct. 2007
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine September 2007 edition; "The Perfect Party" a toast to a top Seattle DoctorSept. 2007
Science Faculty PrizeMonash University, Melbourne, Australia 1987 - 1988


Letter of Response to Chan et al's paper regarding Rhode Island Newborn Hearing screening finding and the Sudden Infant Infant Death Syndrome
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology , 2013
Inner Ear Insult Suppresses the Respiratory Response to CarbonDioxide
Neuroscience , 2011: 175(2)262-272
Gastric contents in pediatric patients following bone marrow transplantation
Pediatr Anesth , 2010: 20(660 - 665)
A Seizing Infant in the PACU - differential diagnosis and treatment
Med Ed Portal MEP , 2010: 8194
Reply to "Cord Clamp Insult May Predispose to SIDS"
Early Hum Dev , 2010: 8667
Reply to 'cord clamp insult may predispose to SIDS'.
Early human development , 2010 Jan: 67
Placental transfusion insult in the predisposition for SIDS: a mathematical study.
Early human development , 2009 Jul: 455-9
Newborn oto-acoustic emission hearing screening tests: preliminary evidence for a marker of susceptibility to SIDS.
Early human development , 2008 Apr: 225-9
Response to Dr. Krous' and Dr. Byard's comment regarding EHD paper
Early Hum Dev , 2008: 84421
ABC News Toight
, July 30, 2007
CBS Evening News
, July 30, 2007
Summary Findings; Transient Otoacoustic Emissions at Birth; Preliminary Evidence for a marker of Susceptibility to SIDS. Journal of Early Human Development
, 2007
SIDS Newborn Hearing screen finding presented to Centers for Disease Control. CDC National Conference
, 2007
CBS Evening News
, 2007 - June 20
Two case presentations of alternate anesthesia sedation techniques in sick children
, 2004
Are lethal audiogenic seizures a missing link to the sudden infant death syndrome
Med Hypotheses , 2004: 6387 - 91
Are lethal audiogenic seizures a missing link to the sudden infant death syndrome?
Medical hypotheses , 2004: 87-91
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. An update of new perspectives and etiology. A novel approach to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Elsevier International Neurology review. June 2012. Pediatric Neurology (2 volumes). Elsevier Handbook of Clinical Neurology.
Apnea, in Pediatric Anesthesia Practice, edited by Litman R.S., Cambridge University Press, Strategies in Pediatric Anesthesia Palm Book Project, 2007.
Noninvasive Monitoring in Children, in Fuhrman B.P. and Zimmerman J.J. (eds.): Pediatric Critical Care 3rd Edition. St. Louis, Mosby-Yearbook, 557-570, 2006.
Pediatric Intra-operative cardiac arrest. Complications in Anesthesia 2nd Edition, 2005
Inner ear Insult ablates the arousal response to hypoxia and hypercarbia
Neuroscience ,

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Academic Enrichment Fund, application granted to complete Mouse Vestibular Study $24895 2008 - 2009
Anesthesia Department Seed Grant for Mouse Vestibular Study $10000 2007 - 2008
Bloedel Hearing Institute mini-grant for Mouse Vestibular Study $5000 2006 - 2000
Research Grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics for Newborn Resuscitation Study $10000 2006 - 2007
"Fund for Excellence," at CHRMC for setting up an Infant Simulator Program $$10,000 2003 - 2004

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
MB.6.520 - Anesthesia Clinic
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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