Written By: Rebecca Patrick
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Date Submitted: 2011-11-04 14:41:04

ELLISVILLE – Stanford University professor of cardiovascular surgery, Robert C. “Bobby” Robbins, has been named Jones County Junior College’s Centennial Year Honor Alumnus.
“I am very humbled,” Robbins said of his selection. “This represents the most important award that I have ever been given.”
Robbins will be recognized during Saturday’s Homecoming activities at Jones. He will ride in the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m., and he will be the guest of honor at the Alumni Banquet at noon in the A. B. Howard Gymnasium.
Robbins joined the Stanford faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 2005 and was appointed as the Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery II in 2009.
An internationally recognized cardiac surgeon, Robbins has clinical expertise in adult cardiac surgery and research interests in stem cell biology, transplantation biology and the development of medical devices.
Robbins has written more than 200 peer-reviewed original publications and has had his work funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has co-founded two medical device companies, has served on the Medtronic Corporate Advisory Board and the boards of directors for two publically traded companies, and has served as a director for several other privately held San Francisco Bay Area biotechnology companies.
A native of Ellisville, Robbins grew up on the JCJC campus in the home of his grandparents, Stanley and Linda Robbins. Married to the former Debra Mullin, Robbins has two sons, Clay and Craig.
“My roots are at Jones since my grandfather, a math instructor, raised me there,” said Robbins.
After graduating from South Jones High School in 1975, Robbins earned his associate’s degree at JCJC. A chemistry major, he mentioned several instructors who positively influenced his academic endeavors including James Fitch, zoology, George Carter, calculus, John J. Tomlinson, physics and W. H. Pope, chemistry.
“I found everything I needed at Jones,” Robbins said. “I was able to align myself with proper techniques in biology, chemistry, physics and calculus. Jones gave me a rock solid foundation to build my future.”
An outstanding student, Robbins was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and was selected to Who’s Who among America’s Junior Colleges.
He obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Millsaps College. Robbins earned his medical doctorate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he also did his internship and residency in general surgery.
Robbins continued his medical training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD, Stanford University Hospital in California, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
Although Robbins pursued his medical training in several of the country’s most prestigious institutions as well as abroad, he said that a person’s initial step in higher education is key to future success.
“The first place you go after high school will be important and memorable,” Robbins said of attending Jones. “In today’s world, you are definitely going to get behind if you don’t have the right training, education and experiences.”
*NOTE: Marlo Dorsey and Pat Holifield contributed to this article


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