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Mary Rubin

Remembering Mary Rubin

Mary Rubin
Mary Rubin, PhD, RNC, WHNP-BC, FAANP, September 20, 1947 – February 28, 2022

The NPWH community recently received the sad news of the passing of Mary Rubin, PhD, RNC, WHNP-BC, FAANP, on February 28, 2022.

Dr. Rubin was a certified WHNP who exhibited extraordinary vision and passionate advocacy for WHNPs through her work pioneering the role of the nurse colposcopist in the 1970s. She committed over 50 years to practicing as a clinician, educator, and researcher.

Her contributions to women’s health were many. She will be particularly remembered by the NPWH women’s health community for being a pioneer and expert in colposcopy, training thousands of health care professionals, and sharing her vast knowledge about cervical pathology. She supported a colposcopy workshop at the NPWH Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference for many years. She was a member of NPWH since 1997.

Dr. Rubin graduated with her nursing diploma from Johnstown Mercy Hospital and her BSN, MSN, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She received several awards throughout her career, including the NPWH Fran Way Award in 2019. The Fran Way award is given to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary vision by sustaining the WHNP role and providing a specific contribution to expand the scope of practice. Dr. Rubin exhibited all of these qualities and more. Her husband Seth said the NPWH Fran Way award “was her most treasured.”
A memorial service will be held June 5. See here for details.
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