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“I am devastated by this news. She was such a warm and caring doctor; I will miss her terribly.She had such a beautiful, sweet spirit. My deepest...Read More »
1 of 85 | Posted by: Joanie Wilcox - Palm Desert, CA

“Words cannot express the depth of our sorrow over the loss of Dr. Rubakovic.Our thoughts and prayers of her family during this time of bereavement...Read More »
2 of 85 | Posted by: Connie Dzekov - CA

“Your daughter, your mother, your friend, Svetlana Rubakovic, was a brilliant woman whose achievements in her field will be sorely missed by the world...Read More »
3 of 85 | Posted by: Theresa O. - Palm Desert

“Dr. Rubakovic was wonderful in every way. She cared for my husband and I attribute her skills in early diagnosis of squamous cell ca. She was not...Read More »
4 of 85 | Posted by: Diana Desrosiers - Idyllwild, CA

“Svetlana was my dermatologist. Beyond that, she always asked about my family, especially my nephew who had schizophrenia. She contributed to my...Read More »
5 of 85 | Posted by: Kathryn Butterfield - CA

“I am so sorry to hear that Dr. Rubakovic has left us so soon. She was my doctor for 20+ years, until we had to move away 3 years ago. I know she will...Read More »
6 of 85 | Posted by: Susan Harvey - Brookings, OR

“We are shocked and saddened to hear that Dr Rubakovic has passed away and offer our condolences to the family. She will be in our prayers. ”
7 of 85 | Posted by: David and Isabel Rimi - Riverside, CA

“We are so deeply sorry to hear of Svetlana's' passing, and sending all of our love to the children. My mother and I were two of her first patients...Read More »
8 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Family of Dr. Rubokovic and her staff, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Rubokovic. She was such a wonderful doctor. She was...Read More »
9 of 85 | Posted by: Sheryl Caronna - Rancho Mirage, CA

“Dr Rubakovic's passing has left an empty space in so many hearts and lives.She was our physician and friend for over two decades.We valued her on so...Read More »
10 of 85 | Posted by: Lilo & Leslie Cooper - CA

“You will always live in our hearts and prayers. ”
11 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to lose such a wonderful soul. She will always have a special place in my heart. My condolences to the family. ”
12 of 85 | Posted by: Deanna Gayle-Morgan - Palm Desert, CA

“Dear friend I will miss you dearly - may your haven be colored with purple. ”
13 of 85 | Posted by: Emina Sulych

My beloved friend Svetlana!
14 of 85 | Posted by: Radhika Andavolu

“So sorry for the loss of this wonderful person/physician to all of us. May God be with her and the loved ones left behind. Shirley G. ”
15 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“I am both shocked & sadden to hear of your passing. I am also anther person whose life you saved 15 yrs ago this month. I will never forget your ...Read More »
16 of 85 | Posted by: Linzy F - Rancho Mirage

“Dr. Rubakovic was an amazing person.My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends, staff and patients. She will be dearly missed and...Read More »
17 of 85 | Posted by: Hilda Vasquez - Indio, CA

“Beautiful person, wonderful doctor. Left us far too soon. ”
18 of 85 | Posted by: Fred Diamond - Rancho Mirage, CA

“Beautiful person, wonderful doctor. Left us far too soon. Condolences and God Bless. ”
19 of 85 | Posted by: Fred Diamond - Rancho Mirage, CA

“Svetlana was our friend and internist and dermatologist and landlord. She was also the devoted doctor of my mother who made it past 100 with her...Read More »
20 of 85 | Posted by: Virginia and larry Criste and allen - CA

“Dr. Rubakovic was an amazing doctor and human being, who set a great example for all parents. She will be missed. ”
21 of 85 | Posted by: Mark Renker - Los Angeles, CA

“Dr. Rubakovic was my family doctor and friend for 20 years. She passed away too soon with so much to offer. My prayers are with her and her family....Read More »
22 of 85 | Posted by: Randy Viscovich - Rancho Mirage, CA


23 of 85 | Posted by: Randy Viscovich - Rancho Mirage, CA

“We were one of the fortunate families to have Dr Rubakovic as our friend and family Doctor for 20 plus years.We will miss her big smile and charming...Read More »
24 of 85 | Posted by: Greg Shannon - Palm Desert, CA

“My best friend Ceca has enriched my life in many different ways.Getting to know her was a discovery of my soulmate, someone I admired and looked up...Read More »
25 of 85 | Posted by: Snezana Pilav Zurich, Switzerland

“We have memories of this amazing woman who accomplished so much in a short period of time. We knew her through the Palm Springs Academy of Medicine....Read More »
26 of 85 | Posted by: Dr Jorge and Patricia Gutierrez - CA

“I will miss her so much! She was such a great doctor and friend to me! ”
27 of 85 | Posted by: Sue Rasmussen - Yucca Valley, CA

“My deepest condolences to her family and children.fTruly a remarkable woman.Beauty from within..She could enter any room and you new she was a very...Read More »
28 of 85 | Posted by: Karen Tellier - Palm Desert, CA

“My deepest condolences to her family and children.fTruly a remarkable woman.Beauty from within..She could enter any room and you new she was a very...Read More »
29 of 85 | Posted by: Karen Tellier - Palm Desert, CA

“When I started my career as a medical assistant in 1987 I met Dr. Rubakovic. We worked together at Desert Medical Group. She taught me so much and I...Read More »
30 of 85 | Posted by: Denise Bazinet - Morongo Valley, CA

“I'm deeply saddened by by the loss of the sweet,beautiful and genius Dr. Rubakovic. I truly admired and respected her and I told her this once and...Read More »
31 of 85 | Posted by: Sherry Ewing

“Ruth and I are deeply saddened by the loss of a remarkable and vibrant woman. Beyond her medical gifts, she was a magnificent mother of three...Read More »
32 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“I truly loved Dr. Rubakovic. I always said she saved my life. She was one of the few rare people you find who truly care about making the world...Read More »
33 of 85 | Posted by: Kim Preston - Chino, CA - Friend

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. I will love you and miss you always. From the very first meeting with Dr Svetlana I knew I had met the most...Read More »
34 of 85 | Posted by: Phyllis Marks - Rancho Mirage, CA

“Dr. Rubokovic was beautiful inside and outside.She cared not only for your medical needs but your personal needs.She will be missed.Pray for comfort...Read More »
35 of 85 | Posted by: Patricia Lomas - Indio, CA

“I was shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. R's passing. She was an amazing doctor! My family and friends, who I referred her to, all loved her...Read More »
36 of 85 | Posted by: Renee Robinson - Palm Desert, CA

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
37 of 85 | Posted by: M Allison (Isaiah 25:8)

“Dr. Rubokovic was indeed a beautiful and phenomenal woman. My prayers and blessings to her family. She has earned her wings now may she Rest In Peace...Read More »
38 of 85 | Posted by: Shelcie Love - Bermuda Dunes, CA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. Rubakovic. Words can not express the feelings of loss.I am so sorry.Judith Parker-Banks ”
39 of 85 | Posted by: Pudith Parker-Banks - CA

“I am so sadden to learn of Dr. Rubakovic' passing. Dr. Rubakovic has been my dermatologist for many years. I always looked forward to seeing her walk...Read More »
40 of 85 | Posted by: Karen McElhatton - Murphys, CA

“I was shocked and heartbroken when I heard of Dr. R's passing. My condolences to all her staff and family especially the triplets whom I knew thru...Read More »
41 of 85 | Posted by: Nancy Hobaugh - Indio, CA

“My deepest condolences to Mother Nadezda, Brother Zoran and children Sabrina, Aziz and Anastasia.You were very fortunate to have had such an amazing...Read More »
42 of 85 | Posted by: Sherani Botejue Ratnam - GA

“Farewell my dearest friend, mentor and physician. May you rest in peace. You will always have a very special place in my heart. ”
43 of 85 | Posted by: Sherani Botejue Ratnam - GA

“Still can't believe that you are gone.I will miss you deeply..Rest In Peace my best friend and medical school partner ”
44 of 85 | Posted by: Muwafaq Alhomsi - Tampa, FL

“I was so saddened to hear that Svetlana has passed away. I so appreciated her care as a physician for my daughter and I. Svetlana was a generous and...Read More »
45 of 85 | Posted by: Nancy Norton - Oceanside, CA

“I am so sad to loose you Dr. R. So sad. ”
46 of 85 | Posted by: BARBARA - CATHEDRAL CITY, CA

“My dear sweet Doctor......she cared for my husband, Tom, before he passed. She caredfor both of us with love and a strong hand on that nitrogen...Read More »
47 of 85 | Posted by: Brenda Barnes - Palm Desert, CA

“Words cannot express my sense of loss. I can not express the pain and sadness I feel . I guess god needed a beautiful angle like her in heaven. yet...Read More »
48 of 85 | Posted by: Maryam Bahreini - Indian wells, CA

“We are heart broken. We all lost a trusted and caring doctor and friend. You are one of a kind. Our warm thoughts and prayers are with the family,...Read More »
49 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Dr. Rubakovic was a caring and conscientious physician. I am sure that she will be missed by her many grateful patients that she saved from the...Read More »
50 of 85 | Posted by: James Bowers - Seattle, WA

“You will be missed deeply my friend and medical school partner. May God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow. ”
51 of 85 | Posted by: Dr. Muwafaq Alhomsi - Tampa, FL

“If we could bring you back again...If we could bring you back again,For one for one more day,We'd express all our unspoken love,We'd have countless...Read More »
52 of 85 | Posted by: Yvette - Indio, CA


53 of 85 | Posted by: Yvette - Indio, CA

“Dr.Rubakovic has been our wonderful Doctor for 26 years. She was like family to us. We have all lost a be a beautiful Angel ”
54 of 85 | Posted by: Suzy & Hernan Giraldo - CA

“RIP dear Dr. Svetlana, loved by our parents and brother, Michael, our thoughts are with her family, love Helena Biga and family ”
55 of 85 | Posted by: Helena Biga


56 of 85 | Posted by: Helena Biga

“Dr. Rubakovic was my dermatologist and friend for over 17 years. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. We shared many personal stories...Read More »
57 of 85 | Posted by: Barbara Panawa - Palm Desert, CA

“Dr. Rubakovic was my Dr. for 20 years and my parents' Dr. before that. I always bragged that I had the smartest, best Dr. in the world. I looked...Read More »
58 of 85 | Posted by: Sharon Ollenburger - CA

“I have been a patient of Dr. Rubakovic for 4 years and admired her for all of her accomplishments and sense of duty and compassion. I am so very...Read More »
59 of 85 | Posted by: Darleen Karpowicz - La Qunta, CA

“She was our doctor, and a wonderful doctor. Smart and a good diagnostician. She had a very good feel for the needs of her patients. We were very...Read More »
60 of 85 | Posted by: Bill and Ellen Yuracko - CA

“Dr. Rubakovic was a warm, kind and caring physician; she was also a friend. We not only discussed medical issues, but we could also discuss our...Read More »
61 of 85 | Posted by: Joan & Scott Sklar - Palm Springs, CA

“Words cannot express my sense of loss. I can not fathom the pain and grief of her children and family members.For many years She was both my...Read More »
62 of 85 | Posted by: Edie D. - Rancho Mirage

“She was a great physician but more than that she was a wonderful person. I'm very grateful to have known her. She has much to do on the other side...Read More »
63 of 85 | Posted by: Suzanne Young - Morongo Valley, CA

“Dr.Rubakovic such a great Doctor may she R.I.P many blessings to the family may our Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow. ”
64 of 85 | Posted by: Arlene - Indio, CA

“My husband and I were patients of Dr. Rubakovic for almost 20 years. She was always compassionate, thorough and sometimes ' too honest' in telling...Read More »
65 of 85 | Posted by: June Cross - Oceanside, CA


66 of 85 | Posted by: Fran Siano - Cathedral City, CA

“Lana was such a huge part of my young adulthood and influenced me greatly. If I ever needed anything, she was there; sometimes she was there when I...Read More »
67 of 85 | Posted by: Sheri La Lima - Arlington, TX

“Dr. Rubakovic was a beautiful caring person and wonderful doctor.We will miss her very much. Her children should be very proud of their mother and...Read More »
68 of 85 | Posted by: Bunni - Rancho Mirage

“God needed this special angel in heaven. Our prayers go out to her family at this difficult time. We will miss her. Ed/Rae Daugherty ”
69 of 85 | Posted by: Ed/Rae Daugherty - La Quinta, CA

“When I learned of Dr Rubakovic passing I just couldn't believe it..... I met Dr Rubakovic many years ago, not only I had the pleasure of working with...Read More »
70 of 85 | Posted by: Carmen Burgueno - Palm Springs, CA

“what an amazing lady!! I am grateful that I got to call her my friend. I will deeply miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Shelly...Read More »
71 of 85 | Posted by: shelly counts - San Antonio, TX

“My condolences to her three beautiful children. Oh how she loved them with all of her heart. She had a heart of gold and I will always remember her...Read More »
72 of 85 | Posted by: Angela Cawley - Palm Springs, CA

“THE HEAVENS HAVE RECEIVED A VERY WONDERFUL WOMAN WHO HAS HELPED MANY PEOPLE WITH HER KNOWLEDGE IN HER PROFESSION. SHE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY PEOPLE...Read More »
73 of 85 | Posted by: ANN KOSICH - LA QUINTA, CA

“Rich & I are sad to learn of her passing, a lovely and special lady, a wonderful doctor, our prayers are with her family. ”
74 of 85 | Posted by: Nancy Single - Cathedral City, CA


75 of 85 | Posted by: Nancy Single - Cathedral City, CA


76 of 85 | Posted by: Brenda Barnes - Palm Desert, CA

“Such a shock for us to hear of the passing of our beloved dr of over twenty plus years. We thank you for all you did for the two of us, Dr. There are...Read More »
77 of 85 | Posted by: Sharon O'Rourke and Nancy Gravette - CA

“I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Rubakivics passing. She has been a respected client of mine. My condolences to her family, patients, staff and...Read More »
78 of 85 | Posted by: Kathy Spencer - Chino Hills, CA

“We are so sad to learn of the passing of Dr Rubakovic. She was a wonderful physician and most caring when I went through my cancer. She will be...Read More »
79 of 85 | Posted by: Mary Tweed - La quinta, CA

“I will miss everything about Svetlana. She did so much for my family( my in laws, my mom and dad, my 5 daughters, my husband, and myself). She was...Read More »
80 of 85 | Posted by: Pamela Henderson - Park city, UT

“I love her so much. Not just my boss, I thought of her as family. She did so much for others including myself. So smart and passionate about what she...Read More »
81 of 85 | Posted by: Sarah - Desert Hot Springs, CA

“What devastating news. Such a lovely woman. Always looked forward to my appointments with her. She has done so much for me and my family and will...Read More »
82 of 85 | Posted by: Amy Lawrence - Palm Desert, CA

“I am so sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Rubakovic. She was such a delightful lady, an extremely caring and competent doctor, and a very good...Read More »
83 of 85 | Posted by: Barbara Gast - Cody, WY

“We were so sad to hear of her passing. She was such a kind, energetic and great cook. When we first moved to the desert she would have us over for...Read More »
84 of 85 | Posted by: Dr. Ghassan and Dallas Kazmouz - CA

“Svetlana was a dear friend & colleague. She was always so exuberant, radiating her warmth and energy to everyone she encountered. She is dearly...Read More »
85 of 85 | Posted by: Rita Stec - Palm Desert, CA


Dr. Svetlana Rubakovic

Loving Mother of Triplets

Cherished Sister and Daughter

Beloved Physician, Friend, and Colleague to Many

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Svetlana Rubakovic. Dr. Rubakovic passed away on August 22, 2017 surrounded by her children and family, from complications related to cancer.

A pillar of the Coachella Valley community, Dr. Rubakovic possessed an incredible medical acumen and a deeply compassionate personality - she had limitless warmth and energy, and was respected and loved by her patients, friends, and colleagues alike.

Dr. Rubakovic was born October 11, 1960 in Cacak, Serbia to parents Radoslav and Nadezda Rubakovic. She pushed herself to succeed academically, studying abroad in London at the age of 15, eventually graduating from the University of Belgrade Medical School in 1985 and immigrating to the United States shortly thereafter in 1986. She went on to complete her residency at UCLA in 1994 while pregnant with triplets, using the 6 months of mandatory hospital bed-rest to study for her medical boards.

Dr. Rubakovic began her career as a physician in the Coachella Valley with Desert Medical group. She ran her own private practice, Mirage Medical Group & Advanced Skin Care Spa, independently since 2004.

In the free time she had between being a physician and raising a set of hyperenergetic triplets, she volunteered as the Clinical Director of the Melanoma Project at the Genetic Research Institute of the Desert, presenting her findings at various conferences all around the world. Australia was a favorite destination of hers.

Always striving to better herself, Dr. Rubakovic went on to complete a Fellowship in Dermatology, a Masters of Medicine in Skin Cancer, and a post-graduate fellowship in Dermoscopy, while also serving in her role as President of the American Association of Physician Specialties.

Despite her numerous accomplishments as a physician, Dr. Rubakovic's proudest achievement was raising her triplets: Sabrina, Aziz, and Anastasia, as a single mother, with the significant help of Grandma Nada and Grandpa Raki who left their jobs in Serbia as soon as they were born, Uncle Zoran who was dedicated to supporting his sister after all she had done to help raise him, Aunt Zaklina who was more than a sister to her and like a second mom to her children, as well as innumerable dear friends in the community. Always expressing through her words and actions the imperative to be the best that they can be, her children have been left deeply and profoundly instilled with the sense that they can achieve anything that they set out to do, and with the enduring awareness that they are forever loved.

The triplets went on to university at 15 years old. Anastasia is studying to be a doctor like her mother, while Sabrina is completing her Master's at Duke University. Aziz is taking mom's advice of going to graduate school in Public Policy, and using what he learns to "make the world a better place." They will strive to continue her legacy as best as she taught them.

She is also survived by her mother, Nadezda Rubakovic, brother, Zoran Rubakovic, and sister-in-law, Zaklina Rubakovic.

A visitation will be held at St. George Orthodox Church on Friday September 8th from 5-8pm

The service will be held at St. George Orthodox Church on Saturday September 9th from 8:00-9:30 am.

A public celebration of life will be held at the San Jacinto Ballroom of the JW Marriot on Saturday, September 9th, from 10:00am - 2:00 pm.

Visitors are encouraged to speak and share memories of Dr. Rubakovic.