Kolin Rubel

Assistant Professor


I focus on the medical and surgical treatment of sinus disease, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and benign and malignant sinonasal masses. I have specialty training in minimally invasive skull base surgery via endoscopic technique and in sinonasal approaches to the orbit. I work hand-in-hand with our expert neurosurgical and ophthalmology physicians here at the University. I’m passionate about uncovering improved treatments for chronic sinusitis. In my downtime I’m a passionate fan of Formula 1 and I love to travel and experience new cultures.



Anterior Skullbase Surgery


Undergrad:  Samford University, B.A. in Sports Medicine
Med School: Indiana University
Residency: Indiana University
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University

Board Certifications

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery\

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2013 Solon E Suddth Award for Scholorship, Leadership, and Service

  • 2022 Richard C Miyamoto Residency Leadership Award

  • 2023 Vanderbilt Fellow of the Year Award

Professional Associations

American Rhinologic Society

Research Summary

My research interests include chronic rhinosinusitis endotyping, frailty and its link to postoperative outcomes, and sinonasal carcinoma 


  • Rubel KE, Lubner RJ, Lopez AA, et al. Inflammatory characteristics of central compartment atopic disease. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. Published online June 11, 2023.
  • Rubel KE, Rodman CP, Jones A, et al. The effect of diabetes mellitus on post-operative outcomes in patients undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2023;132(3):317-321.
  • Rubel KE, Alwani MM, Nwosu OI, et al. Understandability and actionability of audiovisual patient education materials on sinusitis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2020;10(4):564-571.
  • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?sort=pubdate&term=Rubel+KE&cauthor_id=27399374 



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Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Contact

Shane Gullikson