Joe Sam Robinson, Jr., MD

Dr. Joe Sam Robinson is one of the area’s most experienced neurosurgeons; he has served the patients of Central Georgia for over 35 years. During that time, Dr. Robinson has also developed National and International neurosurgical research which is a lifelong passion. Additionally, he served as part of the Trauma Commission of Georgia and was very instrumental in getting The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Navicent Health, named as one of five, Level 1 Trauma centers in the state. Dr. Robinson also lent his time, talent and resources into getting the Mercer School of Medicine here as well.

After receiving an undergraduate degree from Harvard University with honors in 1967, he continued his studies at the University of Virginia, from which he received his doctorate in medicine in 1971. He completed neurosurgery training with rotations in London, England, Northwestern University, Emory University and Yale University where he was named a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

In 1981, Dr. Robinson began his neurosurgical practice at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Navicent Health. He became Chief of the Neurosurgery Department there in 1988.

His resume includes many teaching assignments, including stints at the University of Illinois, Yale University, Mercer University and The Medical College of Georgia, as well as visiting professorships and lecture dates in Thailand, Scotland, Honduras, Italy, China, Lithuania and Peru. He is currently a Professor of Neurosurgery at Mercer University and a Clinical Professor at Medical College of Georgia.


Experienced Neurosurgeon

As his abilities are widely recognized, Dr. Robinson has fulfilled many invitations to lecture on disorders of the brain and spinal cord all over the world. He has also contributed over 115 articles for publication in such noted periodicals as the Journal of Chronic Diseases, and the Journal of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience. Additionally, he has authored a book “Toward Healthcare Resources Stewardship” and is currently working on a second one about trauma. Dr. Robinson hosts a weekly television show called Observations on Cox Channel 112 where he discusses current topics of politics, religion and healthcare with variety of guests. He and his research team continuously look for ways to improve healthcare as well as cost efficiency.

  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Fellowship: Neurosurgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY
  • Residency: General Surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Neurosurgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Overseas Rotation: St. Bart’s Hospital, London; National Heart Hospital, London
  • MD: University of Virginia, Blacksburg, VA
  • MS: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: (cum laude), Harvard College, Boston, MA