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Sidney Rubinstein, DC, PhD

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Visiting Associate Professor

SCU Health - Clinical and Health Services Research


Current Position

  • Position: Associated Faculty


A graduate of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now Southern California University of Health Sciences), Sidney Rubinstein holds the position of associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and is a registered epidemiologist in the Netherlands. In September 2022, Dr. Sidney Rubinstein was also appointed Chair of the WFC Research Committee.

His research focuses on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions for musculoskeletal disorders. Dr Rubinstein's broader goals are to lessen the burden of neck and low-back pain by providing high-quality scientific evidence. The projects that he conducts and supervises are strongly embedded in clinical practice, such as the Percutaneous Transforaminal Endoscopic Discectomy (PTED) Trial, the WARRIORTrial, and an individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). He currently supervises a large international observational study in chiropractic care in the elderly (BACE-Ccohort study).

Dr Rubinstein is perhaps best known for his systematic reviews, which are high quality studies that uses systematic and reproducible methods to identify, elect and critically appraise all relevant research on a carefully formulated question. These types of overviews represent the crucial link in the practice of evidence-based health care.

In addition to these studies, he is also on the Associate Editorial Board of the former Cochrane Back and Neck Review Group (now part of the Cochrane MSK Review Group). Dr. Rubinstein is listed amongst the top 30 researchers in the world in the areas of neck and low-back pain according to Expertscape.com Additionally, Dr Rubinstein supervises PhD, MSc and BSc students, and teaches methodology of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Dr Rubinstein works concurrently in clinical practice and is determined to make a change in how chiropractors are viewed in society.



Ph.D., Epidemiology , VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands


D.C., Chiropractic, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic , Los Angeles, California, United States


M.Sc., Physical Education, California State University, Fullerton, California, United StatesDissertation: ,


B.Sc., Biology, University of California, Irvin, USA, California, United States

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions

Journal Article


Rushton, A.; Carlesso, L. C.; Flynn, T.; Hing, W. A.; Rubinstein, S. M.; Vogel, S.; Kerry, R. Response to the Letter to the Editor-in-Chief. The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy 2023, 0, 1–2.
Rubinstein, S.; De la Ruelle, L.; de Zoete, A.; de Boer, M.; van Tulder, M.; Ostelo, R. Management of People with Low Back Pain: A Survey of Opinions and Beliefs of Dutch and Belgian Chiropractors. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022.
Rubinstein, S.; Jenks, A.; de Zoete, A.; van Tulder, M. Spinal Manipulative Therapy in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: An Individual Participant data Meta-Analysis. European Spine Journal 2022 2022, 31, 1821–1845.
Rubinstein, S.; Jenks, A.; Hoekstra, T.; van Tulder, M.; Ostelo, R. .; Chiarotto, A. Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire, Oswestry Disability Index, and Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale: Which Has Better Measurement Properties in Older Adults with Low Back Pain?. Journal of  Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2022, 52, 457–469.
Rubinstein, S.; Gadjradj, P.; Broulikova, H.; van Dongen, J.; Depauw, P.; VleggeertLankamp, C.; van Susante, J.; de Boer, M.; Peul, W.; van Tulder, M.; Harhangi, B. Cost-Effectiveness of Percutaneous Transforaminal Endoscopic Discectomy versus Conventional Open Microdiscectomy for Sciatica Caused by Lumbar Disc Herniation: The PTED-Study. Br J Sports 1018–1025.
Rubinstein, S.; Pourahmadi, M.; Delavari, S.; Hayden, J. .; Keshtkar, A.; Ahmadi, M.; Aletaha, A.; Nazemipour, M.; Mansournia, M. . Does Motor Control Training Improve Pain and Function in Adults with Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniation? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of 861 Subjects in 16 Trials. BMJ Journals 2021, 56.
Rubinstein, S.; Rushton, A.; Carlesso, L.; Flynn, T.; Hing, W.; Kerry, R.; Vogel, S. Framework for Examination of the Cervical Region for Potential of Vascular Pathologies of the neck prior to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (OMT) Intervention: International IFOMPT Cervical Framework. JOSPT 2020.

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