Canadian Medical Association

Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1945; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps; obstetrics and gynecology. Died July 27, 2019, aged 96. Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Leon had a long, highly satisfying and distinguished career in medicine. When he obtained his medical degree he was awarded the gold medal for the highest standing in obstetrics and gynecology. After graduation, Leon joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of captain. After discharge from the army, he completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and the family move to Rivers, Man., where for more than 3 years Leon practised general medicine. They then returned to Winnipeg, where he established a practice in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1954 the family travelled to England for 4 months, where Leon qualified for the prestigious designation as a member Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He practised his specialty for more than 50 years, mostly at the Mall Medical Group, and for many years was head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Misericordia Hospital. He also served as an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. Leon provided free medical care for many years at Winnipeg’s Mount Carmel Clinic, which offered free care to poor families. He said it was an honour and his duty as a physician to do this charity work. He estimated that he delivered 5,000 babies during his career!” A former patient wrote: “My daughter and I were part of the cohort of female patients who begged Dr. Rubin to keep working part time for a while, and we cried in his office when he finally did retire.”

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