RICHARD ROBBINS '66
Richard Robbins, M.D.,FACPattended the Class of 1966 reunion this past June. Being part of Immaculate's first graduating class and being inducted as a "Golden Mustang," was a special weekend for Richard and his classmates. "When I returned to IHS for the 50th anniversary of our graduation, I was struck by the tired exterior of the front of the building and was happy to contribute to a fund to renovate and rejuvenate the appearance of this grand educational institution!" Richard asked to speak to his classmates at the reunion event regarding his hopes that they might join together and support the Pave the Way campaign. He shared, "I hope that the school continues to help shape the characters, and the careers, of the bright young minds of southwestern Connecticut."
After graduating from IHS, Dr. Robbins graduated from the University of Dayton and then went on to finish #2 in his medical school class at Creighton University. His career in medicine progressed from an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, to the Head of the Neuroendocrinology Program at Yale Medical School. At Yale, he served as Director of the Yale PItuitary Center, as Chairman of the Yale Medical School Council, and Director of the Pathophysiology and Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses for the second-year medical students. He received lifetime tenure at Yale at age 40. Dr. Robbins became Professor of Medicine at Cornell Medical School and Head of Endocrine Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1994. He was also Associate Chairman of Medicine at MSKCC and Director of the Cornell Endocrinology Fellowship Program. In 2006, Dr. Robbins became Chairman of the Department of Medicine and the Charles and Anne Duncan Presidential Distinguished Chair at Houston Methodist Hospital. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and a Senior Member of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. He is a member of The Endocrine Society, The American Thyroid Association, The Association of Professors of Medicine, The Pituitary Society, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Richard served on the Thyroid Cancer Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and as a consultant to the American Joint Commission on Cancer.
Dr. Robbins has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in leading biomedical journals. He was the principal investigator or co-investigator for eleven clinical trials at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. He had continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medicine. Richard was President and Founder of The Pituitary Society and received the 1995 Distinguished Service Award from that Society. He has been awarded named lectureships from The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Montreal, and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Robbins has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in New York by New York Magazine and as one of the Top Cancer Doctors and Top Endocrinologists in America by Castle Connolly for over 10 years. Dr. Robbins' department at Houston Methodist Hospital has over 500 doctors, 90 residents, and 200 support staff.
While at Immaculate, Richard spent time playing football, golf and running cross country. Richard currently resides in Houston, TX with his wife Anne Kathleen Robbins, MLS whom he has been married to for 47 years. They have two children, Andrew and Heather and six adorable grandchildren. Richard is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Symphony.
Please visit www.immaculatehs.org to read more about Dr. Robbins' story. We thank him for his generous donation to the Pave the Way campaign and extend our best wishes for continued success.