Cleveland internist Don Robinson is named recipient of state ACP award
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DON ROBINSON, MD, FACP, a longtime Cleveland internist and Boy Scouts volunteer, has been named recipient of the 2013 Tennessee Chapter-American College of Physicians Volunteerism and Community Service Award.
Submitted Photo DON ROBINSON, MD, FACP, a longtime Cleveland internist and Boy Scouts volunteer, has been named recipient of the 2013 Tennessee Chapter-American College of Physicians Volunteerism and Community Service Award.
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Don E. Robinson, MD, FACP, a longtime Cleveland internist, has been named recipient of the 2013 Tennessee Chapter-American College of Physicians Volunteerism and Community Service Award.

The presentation was made at the organization’s recent fall meeting in Franklin.

According to a media statement from the annual event, “The Chapter Volunteerism and Community Service Award was initiated to honor members who have distinguished themselves in voluntary service in the area of medicine and are eminent as true humanitarians. Awardees must be masters, fellows, members or associates of the College.”

The statement of award adds, “The service must have been performed on a voluntary basis and not required for the completion of teaching, training or position requirements. Volunteer work must have been done as a physician and be medically related.”

Robinson, known by most in the Cleveland community for his dedicated volunteerism with the Boy Scouts, has hosted a local television show on medical topics for the past 10 years. He has served as an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Tennessee where he teaches nurse practitioner students community medicine.

He has also served as a preceptor for medical students.

An avid Scouter, Robinson served as a physician volunteer for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. As deputy chief medical officer, he helped to supervise the medical care of more than 30,000 Scouts, leaders, staff and visitors who attended the event at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley, W.Va., in July.

Locally, Robinson has taught the first aid segment of the Tennessee Hunter Safety course for 36 years. He also has volunteered as webmaster for 14 years for the local school district. Robinson currently serves the Bradley/Cleveland Emergency Management Agency as an amateur radio operator focusing on storm spotting.

In addition to his other volunteer duties, Robinson served on the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission for 10 years.

The College chapter’s media statement says of Robinson, “... [he] has made community service a part of his professional and personal life.”

Robinson has been recognized for a variety of local efforts, as well. United Way of Bradley County recognized him for his service on the former Bradley Memorial Hospital board of trustees. He has mentored many medical students and prospective medical students who were still in high school by allowing them to job shadow him. Robinson also is often found volunteering at local clinics or on the sidelines at high school sports competitions.

During his Scouting years, Robinson earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His three sons have achieved Eagle rank as well. He and his wife of 42 years, Dawn, have four children.

In speaking of the highly coveted award, Robinson pointed out, “I am very proud of this recognition for my volunteer efforts. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.’”

Robinson said the philosophy tells the story of how he tries to live his life, both professionally and personally.

As a Tennessee Chapter-ACP award recipient, Robinson is now eligible for nomination for the National Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service, presented by the American College of Physicians each year at the national Internal Medicine Conference.