Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
President & CEO, Texas Medical Center
Robbins joined the Texas Medical Center (TMC) as president and CEO in 2012. Since then, he has significantly enhanced the TMC’s commitment to collaboration, introducing five cross-institutional research initiatives centered on innovation, genomics, regenerative medicine, health policy and clinical research.
An internationally recognized cardiac surgeon, Robbins has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure and cardiothoracic transplantation. His research work includes the investigation of stem cells for cardiac regeneration, cardiac transplant allograft vasculopathy, bioengineered blood vessels and automated vascular anastomotic devices.
Prior to joining TMC, Robbins served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, Founding Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, President of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (2006), President of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association (2011-2012), President of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate (2012-2014), President of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2006), and chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council, among other roles.
Robbins was elected to the Houston branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board in 2015, Board of Directors of the Welch Foundation in 2014 where currently serves as Treasurer, and as the President American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate in 2016. He served on an independent Blue Ribbon Committee to evaluate the Veterans Affairs Health System in 2015. The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston honored him as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year at the Jesse H. Jones Award Gala.
Robbins is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and a former guest editor of the Circulation Surgical Supplement (2002-2005).
He currently serves on the board of directors for TMC, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Houston Academy of Medicine, TMC Library, Houston Technology Center, Greater Houston United Way and the Greater Houston Healthconnect Health Information Exchange.
His educational background includes a B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College (1979), medical degree from the University of Mississippi (1983), general surgical training at the University of Mississippi (1989), cardiothoracic training at Stanford University (1992), post-doctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital.