Daniel Robitshek, MD, FACP, FACOI, SFHM

Director of Graduate Medical Education / Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency


Dr. Robitshek received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, following which he graduated with Honors from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. After completing his Internal Medicine training at Loma Linda University Medical Center, he began a non-traditional Internal Medicine practice specializing in HIV care.  Six years later, he returned to Loma Linda University as full-time faculty in the School of Medicine.

In 1999, Dr. Robitshek joined the University of California, Irvine and while there helped build one of the premier multispecialty academic Hospitalist Groups in the country. As a core faculty, he played a pivotal role in developing the clinical curriculum in Internal Medicine for both the Medicine Residency and the School of Medicine. As Professor of Medicine at UC Irvine, he received numerous Teaching and Faculty of the Year awards, the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award and was nominated as a national finalist for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Humanism in Medicine Award.

He was honored to be the first MD awarded Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and named to the inaugural class of Senior Fellows of Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). He was a member of SHM’s Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee and has developed and championed numerous Quality Improvement and Patient Safety initiatives. He has been an invited speaker to a number of conferences on various topics related to the care of hospitalized patients and the art of medicine and authored a chapter in Hospital Medicine Secrets. He co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as coping with loss and teaching the art of doctoring and participated in a national consensus conference that produced the seminal White Paper on Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care. He was on the editorial board of Hospital Medicine Practice, a peer-reviewed journal for hospitalists.

Dr. Robitshek moved to Georgia in 2010 and was keenly involved in the initiation of the Medical College of Georgia’s new Northwest Campus. As Internal Medicine Clerkship Director, he partnered with MCG’s Associate Dean to help develop a robust experience for medical students anchored in Rome, Georgia.

In 2014 he joined Hospital Corporation of America’s Graduate Medical Education team and began the establishment of Redmond Regional’s Graduate Medical Education programs. As Program Director he led the successful development of the Internal Medicine Residency, which received dual accreditation from the ACGME and AOA. As Director of Graduate Medical Education and DIO, he helped lead the charge in the successful accreditation of Redmond’s new Transitional Year Residency and is preparing Redmond for continued growth in future training programs.

He and his wife Tracey have four beautiful daughters and four fur-babies (of the canine type).  Dr. Robitshek is an avid reader, part-time musician, and a huge fan of professional hockey [Go Ducks!] Dr. Robitshek’s primary vocational passion, however, is the mentoring of students and residents in both the art and science of medicine.

“As physicians, we are more than just body mechanics.  We have been extended an opportunity, indeed a responsibility to alleviate suffering. We provide cure whenever possible. However, even when cure is not feasible, we still have opportunity to bring healing in so many ways.  As faculty, we teach clinical reasoning.  But, it must be our higher mission to be role-models of our calling as healers.”

CURRENT ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University
Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine
Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus

PRIOR ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences
                                                                                  2007-2010
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine                                                                                                           1999-2007
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine                                                                                                            1995-2003
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

HONORS AND AWARDS
Thomas F. Frist Physician Humanitarian Award                                          2016      Hosp Corp of America
Physician of the Year                                                                                                    2012       Floyd Medical Center
Gold Humanism in Medicine Award                                                                   2010       UCI College of Medicine
Excellence in teaching award                                                                                  2009       UCI College of Medicine
Faculty of the Year                                                                                                         2008       UCI School of Nursing
Excellence in teaching award                                                                                   2007       UCI College of Medicine
Excellence in teaching award                                                                                   2006       UCI College of Medicine
Golden Apple Award – Faculty-Teacher of the Year                                   2005       UCI College of Medicine
Dean’s Award For Compassion in Medicine                                                    2005       UCI College of Medicine
AAMC/Pfizer National Humanism in Medicine Award Nominee      2005       AAMC
Clinical Faculty of the Year                                                                                        2004       UCI College of Medicine
Dean’s Award for Compassion in Medicine                                                     2004       UCI College of Medicine
Attending Physician of the Year, Internal Medicine Residency            2003       UCI Medical Center

PUBLICATIONS
Shapiro J, Astin J, Shapiro SL, Robitshek D, Shapiro DH. Coping With Loss of Control in the Practice of Medicine, Fam Syst Health. 2011 Mar; 29(1):15-28

Robitshek, D, Ross, S   The Effect of Geographic Hospitalist Rounding Combined with Interdisciplinary Checklist-Based Rounds on Patient Lengths of Stay: Applying Lean Methodology  [Abstract – Southern Hospital Medicine Conference – 2012]

Puchalski, C, Farrell, B, et al Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care: The Report of the Consensus Conference, Journal Of Palliative Medicine, Volume 12, Number 10, 2009 [White Paper Panel/Named Contributor]

Robitshek, Daniel “Evaluation of patients with chest pain” [Chapter Author] in Hospital Medicine Secrets, David Glasheen, ed., 2007

Shapiro, J, Rucker, L, Robitshek, D  Teaching the Art of Doctoring: An Innovative Medical Student Elective, Medical Teacher, 2006, Vol. 28, No. 1, Pages 30-35

Daniel Robitshek, MD, FACP, FACOI, SFHM