When New Jersey-born Mark G. Rubin, MD, was growing up, medicine was part of the family. As a child, he assumed he would follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and become a physician. But the lure of the ocean almost kept him away.
“I certainly was dabbling with pre-med in college at Colgate. I had a strong interest in medicine and considered going into it my whole life,” he says. “But I liked oceanography a lot. I graduated with a degree in Marine Science and had a hard time deciding whether I was going to do that or pursue medicine.”