Dr. Robert Robbins



Robert C. Robbins, MD is the president of the University of Arizona and an internationally recognized cardiac surgeon with expertise in congestive heart failure. His research work includes stem cells, aspects of cardiac transplants, bioengineered blood vessels and vascular devices.

Dr. Robbins is a prolific writer and has served as guest editor of the Circulation Surgical Supplement and published more than 292 peer-reviewed articles during his career. He was professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons and chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council. He sits on the boards of numerous non-profits.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Millsaps College in 1979 and a medical degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He completed his general surgical training at the University of Mississippi in 1989 and his cardiothoracic training at Stanford in 1992. Dr. Robbins completed post-doctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital.