Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.

AACE Excellence in Medical Ethics Award

Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston, and a Fellow in the American College of Endocrinology. He was in the private practice of endocrinology and internal medicine for 36 years until his retirement in June 2014. Dr. Rubenfeld published scientific papers on endocrine disorders and two editions of Could It Be My Thyroid?

He has taught “Jewish Medical Ethics” and “Healing by Killing: Medicine in the Third Reich” at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for seven years, and publishes and lectures throughout the world on both subjects.

In 2007, he created Medical Ethics and the Holocaust, which included a six-month exhibit How Healing Becomes Killing: Eugenics, Euthanasia, Extermination at Holocaust Museum Houston, and the Michael DeBakey Medical Ethics Lecture Series. The 29 speakers included Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientists, physicians, lawyers, bioethicists, historians, and clergy. Dr. Rubenfeld published Medicine After the Holocaust: From the Master Race to the Human Genome and Beyond in 2010, which included selected manuscripts from the lecture series.

Dr. Rubenfeld is the founding chairman of the Center for Medicine After the Holocaust, whose mission is to challenge doctors, nurses, and bioscientists to personally confront the medical ethics of the Holocaust and apply that knowledge to contemporary practice and research. Among other activities, the Center hosts a biennial trip to European medical sites relevant to the Holocaust, and is preparing a documentary about medicine and the Holocaust.

In 2012 and 2013, the Center for Medicine After the Holocaust organized lecture series on human subjects research after the Holocaust in Houston, Texas and Berlin, Germany. Dr. Rubenfeld published Human Subjects Research after the Holocaust in 2014, which included manuscripts from both lecture series. In April of 2015 he convened the First International Scholars Workshop on Medicine After the Holocaust to promote medicine and the Holocaust as an academic discipline in medical centers throughout the world.