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Dr. Robinson, a native of Kansas, received his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his internship and residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the Duke University Medical Center. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in cardiac research and clinical cardiac surgery at the St. Thomas' Hospital in London.

A Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery as well as certified in Surgical Critical Care, Dr. Robinson began his practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he was an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology and the Clinical Director of the Clinical Perfusion Science Education Program. Dr. Robinson then came to the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa where he is a Professor of Surgery, the Director, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and the principal Thoracic Surgical Oncologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Dr. Robinson is the author or co-author of over 125 medical publications and he is directly involved in 8 clinical cancer research programs involving lung cancer and mesothelioma. He is a member of the multidisciplinary thoracic oncology group involved in the evaluation and treatment of all stages of mesothelioma, which includes aggressive combined modality therapy.