Principal Investigator — Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Family Nurse Practitioner — American Nurses Credentialing Center



North Texas Nurse Practitioners

Southern Nursing Research Society

Melissa Rubio, Ph.D., APRN

Principal Investigator for Research/Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Rubio brought more than 15 years of nursing experience with her when she joined Lung Health Institute at the Dallas, Texas, clinic in 2015. Rubio is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a certified principal investigator for research.

In her role as nurse practitioner in the Dallas clinic, Rubio manages the day-to-day operations at the facility. She reviews medical records, performs patient history and physicals and oversees her staff and patients through the treatment process. She works hard to ensure that each patient has the best experience possible, and one of her driving goals is to give people a sense of hope where there was none before.

Rubio received both her master’s degree in nursing and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Additionally, she holds a professional certificate in genetics and genomics from Stanford University and a professional certificate in regenerative medicine from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. She also serves as a visiting professor at DeVry University’s Chamberlain College of Nursing.

A visit to see Rubio in the Dallas clinic gives her the chance to show off her IV skills: she is ambidextrous and can expertly insert an IV with either hand. In her spare time, Rubio enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.


Coleman JA, Rubio M. Regenerative Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a Retrospective Study of Benefits and Safety. Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. March, 2018;2(1):1-6.

Rubio, M. The Experiences of Women Entering Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use: An Interpretive Phenomenological Inquiry. Theses and Dissertations. 2013;Paper 374.

Rubio, M. Helping Patients Navigate the “Hidden Symptoms” of COPD. DailyNurse Website. https://dailynurse.com/helping-patients-navigate-the-hidden-symptoms-of-copd/. Published March 8, 2019.

Rubio M. Patient Perceptions of Life-Limiting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Journal for Nurse Practitioners. February, 2019;15(2):183-188.

Rubio, M. A Phenomenological View of Opioid-Addicted Women Entering Methadone Treatment. Journal for Nurse Practitioners. October, 2016;12(9):622-628.

Rubio, M. Simple Steps You Can Take to a Safer Practice. DailyNurse Website. https://dailynurse.com/simple-steps-you-can-take-to-a-safer-practice/. Published April 19, 2019.

Rubio, M. Beyond the Ordinary: The Effect of Cellular Therapy on Quality of Life in Chronic Lung Disease. J Clin Res Med Volume
2(4):1–8. http://researchopenworld.com/beyond-the-ordinary-the-effect-of-cellular-therapy-on-quality-of-life-in-chronic-lung-disease/ Published August 11, 2019.


Rubio M. Regenerative, Cellular Therapy for COPD and ILD: An Alternative Modality for Improved Quality of Life. Poster presented at: 2018 Spring NTNP Conference; March, 2018; Texas, USA.

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