Dr. Reginald L. Robinson, MD, is currently a cardiologist in the Washington, DC, area with MedStar Cardiology Associates, L.L.C. He specializes in non-invasive cardiology and his practice focuses on lifestyle changes and healthier living through prevention.
Dr. Robinson received his BS from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., and his MD from Howard University in Washington, DC. He completed a residency in internal medicine and cardiology fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and was the Chief Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Robinson is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Inc., and an active member of 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC. He is Board Member MedStar Cardiology Associates, L.L.C., American Heart Association president elect of the board DC Affiliate, American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Board member, and former At Large Member and secretary, Medical Society of the District of Columbia. He has been a member of the American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, and American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Robinson shared the following thoughts on his medical career, and his participation with 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC:
. What created your interest in becoming a doctor, and a cardiologist specifically?
I had an uncle in Harlem, NY who was a psychiatrist, which made me think I wanted to go in to psychiatry. After doing a rotation in psychiatry at Howard University’s schizophrenic ward, I realized that was not for me. I did a rotation with a young cardiologist during a summer break in med school and found my calling. I saw the tremendous need in our community for educating our people on the number one cause of death, cardiovascular disease.
Why are you focused on lifestyle changes and healthier living through prevention?
I tell my patients that Total Lifestyle Change or TLC can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, complications of diabetes, and other obesity related chronic diseases, by 80%! So lifestyle is a must, but requires hard work and commitment of course.
What made you choose to go to Morehouse and Howard?
I like to say that Morehouse made me a “Man” and Howard made me a “physician”. Both Morehouse and Howard took a chance on me and I will always be grateful. I would not change the experiences I’ve had for a full ride anywhere else.
There is also the expectation at each institution that once you finish, you pay it forward to younger African American’s pursuing whatever career field their graduates end up in. Along with that, there is the expectation that you don’t forget about your people, and that you are expected to give back in some way, be it time, talent, treasure, or all of the above.
How has being the father of two adult children affected how you look at today’s youth?
My children are 22 and 31 now. I have been blessed enough to give them a life that I didn’t have. They’ve been able to live a life that wasn’t as tough as what I dealt with.
Seeing the life my daughter and son had, with structure, the ability to travel, culture, had a huge impact of how they developed. Many of the mentees and students the 100 works with don’t have access to those types of opportunities or experiences. I want to support them in experiencing more things, and really seeing what the world has to offer.
Why did you join 100 Black Men?
I joined 100 Black Men because the principles were aligned with what I was already doing individually and the members are fully engaged and serious about the commitments they’ve made to the kids and to the community.
What 100 programs have you been involved in or supported?
I’ve been involved with the Saturday Leadership Academy and STEM The 100 Way. I, like many others, wish I could participate more consistently. The good thing is that if we all do what we can, collectively we can have a huge impact on the lives of the kids that need us.
What aspect of your participation has been most rewarding to you?
To see the faces of our young kids when they see strong black men that don’t want anything from them but to see them succeed is most rewarding to me. I also like to see how some of these young men that may look “threatening” to the mainstream, just relax and talk to us and you realize that they are just kids wanting a better life and that’s why they show up.
In the future what would you like to see for the youth that the 100 works with?
I’d like to see the youth from the different programs get to interact with each other so that they can learn from one another. Some of the STEM The 100 Way students can benefit from the Saturday Leadership Academy students. “Iron sharpens iron”.
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