James J. Rubano, M.D.
Locations: Newark, North Wilmington, Middletown
Specialties: Hip, Knee, Joint Replacement, Trauma, Fracture Care
Dr Rubano was born and raised in Carbondale, Pa where he graduated salutatorian from Sacred Heart High School. He then attended Villanova University where he graduated with a 3.99 GPA in Biology and first in his class. While at Villanova, he received numerous scholarships and awards including being named to Phi Beta Kappa during his junior year which is awarded to less than 2% of a class. After college, Dr Rubano obtained his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine where he graduated in the top 3 % with Alpha Omega Alpha induction during his third year.
Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Rubano entered an orthopaedic surgical residency at Duke University Medical Center. On more than one occasion during residency, Dr Rubano scored in the 99 percentile on yearly the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE). Following residency, he accepted the prestigious Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in hip and knee replacement surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. During fellowship, he received extensive training in both primary and complex/revision joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Rubano is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery, specializing in hip and knee replacements. Although he currently performs over 500 primary joint replacements per year, a significant percentage of his practice is referrals for complex/revision joint replacements. He is on staff at Christiana Care Health System. Currently he performs his surgeries at the Advanced Center for Joint Replacement at Wilmington Hospital where he serves as the Director of Clinical Research and Compliance.
Dr. Rubano believes in the importance of continuing education. He is a member of the Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS). He is also in the process of earning his Masters in Business Administration from Villanova University School of Business.
Dr. Rubano lives in Wilmington with his wife, 3 children, and 2 dogs. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events (especially Villanova Basketball), going to the beach, and golfing.
- Top Doctor by Delaware Today: 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
Very Manageable and Comfortable
“I recently ran the Tokyo Marathon and although I have the typical physical issues that go along with a race, the major concerns with my knees had absolutely no impact or posed any challenge to the race. I had no pain at all in my knees, not even the more severe left knee. My hips had minimal discomfort at best. As a Masters Distance runner, I believe our HCP’s are partners in our training and an integral part of an athlete’s success and Dr. Rubano is an excellent example of that partner. For this last race in Japan, he helped make a very challenging course very manageable and comfortable. So thank you!”
Thankful and Grateful
“Dr. Rubano, you certainly have a God given talent in doing what you do. I am so thankful and grateful that I had my hip replacement. You did good!”
New hip works better than old hip !
It’s been almost a year since my hip replacement. I wear heals, run up steps (and down), dance…. you name it, I do it.
Might have to have the other old one done just to keep up with the new one !
Staff is very efficient, never waiting long for anything.
Getting Around and Doing Well
“Thank you to Dr. Rubano for my Mom’s first hip surgery in the spring. We drove to the top of the mountain and she made a short walk to the peak with her Rollatur! Thank you for making it possible. She is getting around and doing well. I cannot thank you enough!”
Very Kind and Sensitive
“I want to thank Dr. Rubano and his team for everything they’ve done for me. I am able to walk properly because of you. You are an excellent doctor and I cannot thank you enough. My experience for both my knee operations have been positive. You are very kind and sensitive. My heartfelt thanks to you and everyone who was on your team. Competent and sensitive physicians like you are the prize and asset to the medical profession.”
Robert Biddle, PA-C
Joseph Cassidy, MS, PA-C
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George Duffield PA-C
Thomas Edwards, PA-C
Catherine Frescoln, PA-C
Geary Gutowski JR., PA-C
Daniel Maistre, PA-C
Thomas Merring, PA-C
Regis Phelan, MPAS, PA-C
Matt Stump, PA-C
We are a multi-specialty group with fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons, who have expertise in total joint replacement, fractures, foot and ankle, hand, spine, sports medicine, trauma, osteoporosis and general orthopaedics. Learn More.
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