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 Integrative Brain 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."

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Marketing of Daniel Rubens SIDS Research for Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute Poster in Pediatrics and New England Journal of Medicine April 2008 - Oct. 2008
    "The Man of the Ear" Seattle Metropolitain Magazine Oct. 2007
    Seattle Metropolitan Magazine September 2007 edition; "The Perfect Party" a toast to a top Seattle Doctor Sept. 2007
    Science Faculty Prize Monash University, Melbourne, Australia 1987 - 1988
    • Rubens, D.
      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
    • Allen T, Juric-Sekhar G, Mussar KE, Tan J, Zyphur M, Villagracia L, Seidel K, Campbell S, Doch H, Ramirez NJ, Rubens D
      Inner Ear Insult Suppresses the Respiratory Response to CarbonDioxide
      Neuroscience , 2011 : 175(2)262-272
    • Alastruey J, Sherwin SJ, Parker KH, Rubens DD
      Reply to "Cord Clamp Insult May Predispose to SIDS"
      Early Hum Dev , 2010 : 8667
    • Richards M, Pittaway A, Rubens D
      A Seizing Infant in the PACU - differential diagnosis and treatment
      Med Ed Portal MEP , 2010 : 8194
    • 3. Wahbeh G., Rubens D., Katz JR., Seidel K., Rampersad SE., Murray KF.
      Gastric contents in pediatric patients following bone marrow transplantation
      Pediatr Anesth , 2010 : 20(660 - 665)
    • Alastruey J, Sherwin SJ, Parker KH, Rubens DD
      Reply to 'cord clamp insult may predispose to SIDS'.
      20071109 Early human development , 2010 Jan. : 67
    • Alastruey J, Sherwin SJ, Parker KH, Rubens DD
      Placental transfusion insult in the predisposition for SIDS: a mathematical study.
      19446412 Early human development , 2009 July : 455-9
    • Rubens DD, Vohr BR, Tucker R, O'Neil CA, Chung W
      Newborn oto-acoustic emission hearing screening tests: preliminary evidence for a marker of susceptibility to SIDS.
      17614220 Early human development , 2008 Apr, : 225-9
    • Rubens DD
      Response to Dr. Krous' and Dr. Byard's comment regarding EHD paper
      Early Hum Dev , 2008 : 84421
    • Daniel D. Rubens, MB BS
      CBS Evening News
    • Daniel D. Rubens, MB BS
      ABC News Toight
    • Rubens D
      SIDS Newborn Hearing screen finding presented to Centers for Disease Control. CDC National Conference
    • Rubens D
      Summary Findings; Transient Otoacoustic Emissions at Birth; Preliminary Evidence for a marker of Susceptibility to SIDS. Journal of Early Human Development
    • Daniel D. Rubens, MB BS
      CBS Evening News
    • Rubens DD
      Are lethal audiogenic seizures a missing link to the sudden infant death syndrome
      Med Hypotheses , 2004 : 6387 - 91
    • Rubens, D
      Two case presentations of alternate anesthesia sedation techniques in sick children
    • Rubens DD
      Are lethal audiogenic seizures a missing link to the sudden infant death syndrome?
      15193355 Medical hypotheses , 2004 : 87-91
    • Daniel D. Rubens, MB BS
      Inner ear Insult ablates the arousal response to hypoxia and hypercarbia
    • Rubens D, Geiduschek J
      Pediatric Intra-operative cardiac arrest. Complications in Anesthesia 2nd Edition, 2005
    • Rubens D, Schenkman KA, Martin LD
      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.
    • Rubens D
      Apnea, in Pediatric Anesthesia Practice, edited by Litman R.S., Cambridge University Press, Strategies in Pediatric Anesthesia Palm Book Project, 2007.
    • Dulac O., Sarnat H., Rubens D. Lassonde M
      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.

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    SIDS and the Inner Ear Soria Moria Infant Mortality and SIDS meeting Oslo, Norway June 2014
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    To implement the first phase of the UK SIDS newborn hearing study $85000 June 2014
    Inner ear histopathology analysis in SIDS cases versus Controls Collaboration with Marta Cohen, Neuro-pathologist, Sheffield UK 2014


Board Certification(s)

Anesthesia (Non-ABMS)
Pediatric Anesthesiology

Medical/Professional School

University of New South Wales, New South Wales


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