Chad Anthony Rubin
1963 - 2016
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Dr. Chad Anthony Rubin COLUMBIA - Chad Anthony Rubin, M.D., FACS, 53, died July 3, 2016, after a courageous fight with cancer. He was born in Blue Island, Illinois, October 19, 1963. He grew up in Carbondale, Illinois, where he majored in microbiology at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. Dr. Rubin then went on to earn his medical degree at Southern Illinois Medical School in Springfield, Illinois. After performing his surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he began practicing in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Rubin worked the last three years as a general surgeon for Providence Hospital. In May 2016, Providence Hospital inducted Dr. Rubin into the prestigious Society of Saint Luke. This program celebrates and honors physicians for distinguished service. Along with his surgical practice in Columbia, Dr. Rubin was also involved with the American College of Surgeons on a national level. He was the Chair of the General Coding and Reimbursement Committee. Dr. Rubin was predeceased by his parents, Angela Therese Battaglia and Harris Bernard Rubin. He is survived by his husband, Charles Michael Sandlin. They were together for 25 years and married last September. Also surviving are his beloved Italian Greyhounds, Leo and Dante. Dr. Rubin is also survived by three siblings, Amy Ralls, Thea Rubin and Garth Rubin; one nephew, Sidney Rubin; and one niece, Talianna Rubin. Dr. Rubin was also blessed to have many other wonderful family members, friends, and colleagues. A memorial service will take place Friday, July 8, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Shandon United Methodist Church (3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205). The family will receive visitors directly after the service during a reception in the church fellowship hall. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting with the arrangements and more information about the service can be found on their website. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to one of these charities of choice: The American Cancer Society, Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, SC, and Pawmetto Lifeline Animal Rescue in Columbia, SC. Please sign the online guestbook at

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November 15, 2016
To. Ms. Thea Rubin-November 15, 2016

Dear Thea: I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you from your earlier note to me on Chad. I still find it so hard to accept that your brother is gone.

Chad was very special. Not only was he very bright and a quick study in the microbiology laboratory, he was just a fine human being. He was always concerned about others and always wore a smile. He was a happy man, and his happiness and enthusiasm was infectious.

We have lost a wonderful person, and his passing continues to fuel the mystery we'll never understand in this life: "why the good ones?"

Yours with deepest sorrow, Mike Madigan.
Michael Madigan
October 22, 2016
I just read about Chad in the SIU alumni magazine. Chad and I worked together at SIU's Morris Library. He was one of the nicest and warmest people I have ever met and I will never forget him. The world has lost a great soul. Rest in Peace, Chad, and may God Bless his Family.
Sally Fairbanks
July 14, 2016
My condolences to Charles and the Rubin family. I went to high school and college with Chad, he was a wonderful person. Our high school class recently had our 35th reunion where there was a moment of prayer for Chad. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheldon Halterman
July 12, 2016
Sorry to hear about Dr. Rubin he took my husband as his patient in September 2014 after my husband had 3 surgeries within 4 months and another surgeon was talking about amputation to my husband limb. Dr. Rubin examine my husband did 2 more surgeries and saved my husband limb and he healed and still does great! My husband and our family very Thankful and Grateful for God and another Doctor leading us to a Dr. Rubin we love the way Dr. Rubin cared for all his patients and staff Dr. Rubin truly was a blessing to us and many more!! I know he received his wings proudly.. May God Bless the family and friends with comfort and strength he will truly be miss. Rip Dr. Rubin We love you. The Jones Family
Greg and Beverly Jones
July 11, 2016
Garth and family, So sad to hear. Please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Jenifer and Terry
July 11, 2016
I worked with Dr. Rubin for twelve(12)
wonderful years. Such an amazing, caring Doctor that made sure you treated
his patients with the same respect as
he would. I missed that great smile of
his when I left Surgical Associates in
2009. But, by the grace of God and his
infinite wisdom, I needed to have surgery in August of 2015...Dr. Rubin
was my referred surgeon. It was great to
see his big smile as we hugged and reminisced about our days at SASC. He
was a great surgeon/friend during and
after my surgeon. About two(2) weeks
later, I went for my post-op exam and
call into a room only to be told that
Dr. Rubin wanted me to know what was
going on. My heart literally felt that
it had fallen from chest. For at that point, he was more friend to me than ever. My mind went back to the big smile, courteous, very pleasant mannered
person that I knew for the last sixteen(16) years, just couldn't be sick. From that point, I communicated
through cheerful cards. But, I am
saddened about his passing, and my
sincere sympathy is expressed to his
family during this difficult time. He
will always be missed and loved. RIP
on my friend.."We all loved you, but God
apparently loved you best."
Barbara Harts-Brown 101 Hyer Court 29223
he was more of a friend
Barbara Harts- Brown
July 11, 2016
Chad and I did our residency together. I would always check the ACS monthly Bulletin for news of his volunteer work. I am saddened by this terrible news. My thoughts and prayers are for his husband and family at this time.
Catherine Share, MD
July 11, 2016
I had the privilege of meeting Chad through the ACS. His warmth, his intelligence, his caring were all so exceptional. My heart goes out to his husband, family, friends, patients and his community. We have lost a great surgeon and an even better human being.
Margaret Dunn
July 11, 2016
I had the opportunity to work with Chad on a committee with the American College of Surgeons (ACS). As so many have mentioned, he had an infectious enthusiasm that helped to make the tedious more engaging and complex more approachable. However, it was my first encounter with Chad that was the most impactful. He spoke at an ACS Young Fellows and Leadership Conference. He spoke about how one is able to devote time to groups like the ACS and have an impact on the practice of surgery as a whole while still maintaining a life and a surgical practice at home. I can only imagine how many others he was able to impact in a similar manner.
Don Selzer
July 11, 2016
I am saddened to hear of the demise of my friend Chad Rubin MD. It has been close to 30 yrs since he "brightened up" my daily teaching rounds when I was his attending and he was a medical student at SIU school of Medicine in Springfield, IL. Through the years, I was always able to connect with him at the ACS Congress/Governors meetings/or SIU alumni events. My connection with Chad actually goes back even further, as I knew his father, Harry Rubin, PhD., an early SIU faculty member. One would always appreciate Chad for his smile, pleasant demeanor, and attitude of eternal optimism. He was a great ambassador for the ACS. Chad possessed a kind heart and a welcome spirit. God Bless you Chad, you are already missed. Max D. Hammer, MD, FACS, Springfield, IL
July 10, 2016
Mr. Sandlin and all Dr. Rubin's family:
These thoughts of others come to mind in considering the life of Dr. Rubin and the events that affected him personally: Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect. Gennifer Choldenko.
Every person according to his light," said Ames "You must help the world express itself. T. Dreiser in "Sister Carrie."
And Gilda Radner, in her forties when faced with ovarian cancer in the late eighties:
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
I saw Dr. Rubin face down his illness with courage and style at the St. Luke's inauguration earlier this spring. Many people who knew Dr. Rubin better than I have commented so favorably on his character, zest for life and surgical skills. I hope your memories of all these good parts of Dr. Rubin's life will console you and mitigate your present grief.
Jeff Brooker, MD
July 9, 2016
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chad Rubin. He was a wonderful man who enriched the lives of those he worked with and those who were friends. We saw him grow up in Carbondale and we saw him make great contributions to humanity. He will be missed. The Renzaglia Family
Betty Renzaglia
July 9, 2016
RIP Chad. We love you and miss you so much. Never have I seen anyone so caring. You will always be remembered and we pray for Mike as he goes through this sad time.
juanita williams
July 8, 2016
I was a patient of Dr. Rubin, he was very compassionate, and personable, and a Great surgeon
God Bless
Richard Clark
July 8, 2016
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Rubin for 20 yrs. He was a great surgeon and a great person. His patients always came first. He truly loved Mike and their fur babies. RIP my friend.
Jeanne Summerton CST
Jeanne Summerton
July 8, 2016
Dr. Rubin was an excellent surgeon. He will be missed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Brenda Trafficanti
July 7, 2016
Dr. RUBIN has been my surgeon several times in Columbia. I will always remember him as a great surgeon and his caring of his patients. Surgeons have lost a great physician within their specialty. My prayers are for his family and his office staff.
Bob Johansson
July 7, 2016
I worked with Dr. Rubin for 20yrs plus in the OR. I was his scrub tech @ Palmetto Health Richland!! He was GREAT to work with. He was funny- caring- and so smart. He was a brillant surgeon! I will cherish every day that I worked with him. He will be missed so much. He was my friend. My prayers and thoughts to his family and MIKE. My husband Tony also worked with him. It was an honor to have known him. He will be missed. Tony.
barbara pierce
July 7, 2016
I had the opportunity to get to know Chad through the ACS PAC Board on which we both served. He was passionate about his patients and his profession. His battle with cancer exhibited his deep courage. He will always be with us as we remember his courage and passion. We will strive to emulate his shining example.
Danny Robinette
July 7, 2016
Our condolences to his family and loved ones, our thoughts are with you all.
Plastic Surgery Consultants
July 7, 2016
May his memory be a blessing always.
Keith Orloff
July 7, 2016
Dr Rubin performed several surgeries on me and he would joke that I had frequent flier status. One major surgery 15 years ago literally saved my life. Condolences to the family.
July 7, 2016
Helen Fellers
July 7, 2016
I am so blessed to have known Chad, a very skilled surgeon and a wonderful humble and kind soul.
For the many people who came to know him we will smile when we think of him. Condolences to his family.
Rose Taylor
July 6, 2016
We were both from Cambria---he lived going to SIU. Whoever would have thought 25 later we would met in the OR at Palmetto Richland. He was the nicest surgeon to work with and a great person to know. We were true friends.
glenda gates
July 6, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I am sorry for your loss.
Carolyn Swinton
July 6, 2016
My memories of Chad are from high school. He was kind, caring and brilliant. I'm so saddened to hear this news. Prayers for all who loved him.
Patty Grenfell Kessler
July 6, 2016
I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet brother. I remember him so fondly during the time I was blessed to assist in the care of your mom. I hope wonderful memories ease your heart during this difficult time.
Please give my condolences to the rest of his loving family.
Ruthie Graff RN-Retired. Murphysboro
July 6, 2016
He was a good man and a good surgeon. He will be missed.
Jerry E. Jackson, MD, FACS
July 6, 2016
As a fellow classmate at CCHS, I remember Chad as a very kind person, always smiling, which obviously followed him in life. So sorry to hear of his early passing
Sonia Heidinger
July 6, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends , and associates. I worked as an RN in a local hospital and can say without a doubt that he made sure his patients received the best of care.
teresa moore
July 6, 2016
I was saddened to hear of Chad's passing from a mutual friend shortly after his death last weekend. As a colleague of his when began practicing and as backdoor neighbor for many years, I came to know a gifted surgeon and a compassionate human being. My life is richer from having known him and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Sir. My thoughts and prayers are with Michael and all of Chad's family.
George W. Watt, MD
July 6, 2016
Batisa Hill CST
July 6, 2016
I always looked forward to assisting him in surgery. You will be greatly missed.
Melanie Gregory
July 6, 2016
"I worked with Dr. Rubin at Surgical Associates of SC for several years. He was a great doctor who loved his patients--they loved him back. We shared the appreciation for delicious desserts. Since we were both October babies, I would make something for his birthday. When his birthday would come, he made sure he came by my desk acting as if he was just speaking. Of course, I would have already hidden whatever I made him, leaving him to think I forgot. I will never forget his laugh and smile...."
Mary Lance
July 6, 2016
Angela Snell
July 6, 2016
My family and I are so sorry to hear of Dr. Rubin's passing. He was so wonderful to our mother in 2013 when he was her surgeon. He was so kind, caring, and compassionate to us during such a difficult time. Heaven now has another wonderful angel. My family will keep his family in our prayers and thoughts.
Betty Hooker
July 6, 2016
Chad was one of our undergraduate "stars" in the Department of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the mid-1980s. Besides excelling in the classroom, Chad was a spectacular undergraduate researcher in my laboratory and performed experiments that lead to a joint publication of his and mine in 1986. Chad was a careful, skillful, and enthusiastic researcher and always loved to discuss his results and his hypotheses to explain them. He was a bright young man with a wide smile and a great personality. Rest in Peace, Chad.
Michael Madigan, Ph.D.
July 6, 2016
Dr Rubin was a good, kind and compassionate surgeon.My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Deborah Hall
July 6, 2016
Almost 19 years ago Dr. Rubin operated on my dad for pancreatic cancer, which is usually a killer. I'm proud to say my dad is still here at 85 years of age. Thank you, Dr. Rubin.
Darin Boland
July 6, 2016
Melanie Stewart
July 6, 2016
As a volunteer in the General Surgery waiting room at Providence, I witnessed the care and concern that he showed his patients and their families. That is why I selected him to be my surgeon when I needed one. He was aways cheerful and upbeat. I will always remember his smile. My thoughts are with all of his family and those who worked with him. We have lost a great professional and friend.
Susan Weeden
July 6, 2016
Dr Rubin was a good, kind and compassionate surgeon. It was an honor to know and work with him. We often shared stories and pictures of our "babies", my four and his beloved Leo and Dante. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Sandra Perry
July 6, 2016
Renee Thomas
July 6, 2016
I met Chad when I began my residency at what was then
Richland Memorial Hospital while he was finishing his surgery residency. He has always been a positive spirit around his friends, patients, and professional colleagues and the entire Greater Columbia area will miss this great guy both personally and professionally. Prayers to his spouse and family. David Fisher MD (Columbia SC)
David Fisher
July 6, 2016
Thoughts and prayers are with you Mike.
Carl (Clifford Carl) Turner
July 6, 2016
So very sorry to learn of Dr. Rubin's passing. As a long time RN I saw he was a very kind & caring man. God's blessings to all of his family.
Sally Jackson
July 6, 2016
It's very sad to lose such a gifted and caring surgeon. I worked with Dr. Rubin when he first came to Columbia and enjoyed so much getting to know him. I have wonderful memories of him, as I'm sure so many others do. He will be missed.
Nikki Sexton
July 6, 2016
After 6 months with a crippling illness I came under the care of Dr. Rubin. Two days later he performed surgery on me. He will always be one of my Heroes. The kind of genuine love and concern he showed for his patients is un-matched. I pray God's peace and mercy to his family.
Russ McLeod
July 6, 2016
We honor and miss this truly good man and skilled physician who was both respected and loved by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Life Point and all the "family" at Providence Health. Our sympathy and prayers are with you, Mike, and all the family.
Sister Nancy Hendershot
July 5, 2016
I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike, and all of his family and friends. God bless you all.
Lisa Hunt
July 5, 2016
Pamela Brown
July 5, 2016
Dr. Rubin was a pleasure to know and work with. Love and prayers are with you all.
Charlotte Shull RN
July 5, 2016
So sad to read of this good man's passing. I always felt so lucky to have worked with and learned from Dr. Rubin. I loved his approach to patients, families, and staff. I hope his family gets comfort knowing how respected and loved he was and that he will not be forgotten.
Rose-Marie Smith
July 5, 2016
This makes me so sad. I was a medical school classmate of Chad and remember him to be a warm, encouraging, always positive friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dr Juliette Kalweit
July 5, 2016
I am so very sad to read the news of Dr. Rubin's passing. He was a pleasure to work with through the years at Palmetto Health Richland and I will cherish the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike and each friend and family member.
Paula Melton
July 5, 2016
Chad was such an open and gentle soul, I was honored to have met and get the opportunity know him. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort during this difficult time.....
CC Kestner
July 5, 2016
So very sorry to hear of this loss. I enjoyed working with Dr Rubin for many years in the SIICU and MICU at PHR. He also took care of my father, who thought the WORLD of him. Dr. Rubin could not have been better to myself and my family during a difficult time. I hope and pray that the comfort that he gave to us will be returned now to his family.
Susan Phillips
July 5, 2016
So sorry to hear this!! He was a great surgeon, and I am thankful to have been a patient and also work with him!! Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends!!!
Tracy Pittman
July 5, 2016
So sorry to hear this news! Dr. Rubin was a wonderful surgeon and I am thankful to have worked with him so many years in the MICU at Palmetto Health Richland. Prayers for peace and comfort.
Beth Holton
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