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Robinson, Adam M., Jr.

(born: 1950) 

In 2007, Adam M. Robinson, Jr. was the 36th Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy and was named Chief of the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, both confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Robinson, born in Louisville, KY, was the son of Hilda Brown Robinson and Dr. Adam Robinson, Sr. Adam, Jr. is a 1968 graduate of Louisville Dupont Manual High School. He came from a musical family that integrated the local symphony orchestra in Louisville: his mother, sister, and brother played violin, and Adam, Jr. played the French horn.

After high school, Robinson earned his undergraduate degree in 1972 and Doctor of Medicine degree in 1976, both from Indiana University. He later earned a master's in business administration at the University of South Florida.

Robinson has been in the Navy since his enlistment in 1977, and he has an extensive record of accomplishments, including having been ship's surgeon on the USS Midway, head of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Division at the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland, and head of the General Surgery Department and director of the Residency Program at the Naval Medical Center in Virginia. In 2005, Robinson became the commander of the Navy Medicine National Capital Area Region.

Robinson's accomplishments also include decorations such as the Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. Dr. Robinson is a member of numerous organizations, including the Black Academic Surgeons. He was an associate professor of surgery at the National Health Sciences School of Medicine. In June 2020, Robinson was named VA Pacific Islands Health Care System Director.

This entry was submitted by Charlene Genton Mattingly. For more see Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, Appointed Director of VA Maryland Health Care System at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website; and G. A. Dawson, "Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD", Journal of the National Medical Association, vol. 100, issue 2 (February 2008), pp. 168-170.

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