Vice Adm. Adam Robinson Jr. (Ret.)

Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.

Vice Admiral, Medical Corps, U. S. Navy (Retired)

Vice Admiral Robinson is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He entered the naval service in 1977 and holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Following completion of his surgical internship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, he was commissioned.

Vice Admiral Robinson’s first assignment was as a General Medical Officer, Branch Medical Clinic, Fort Allen, Puerto Rico, before reporting to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, in 1978 to complete a residency in General Surgery. His subsequent duty assignments included: Staff Surgeon, U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, and Ship’s Surgeon, USS MIDWAY (CV-41).

After completing a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Carle Foundation Hospital, University of Illinois School of Medicine Affiliated, Champaign-Urbana (1984-85), Vice Admiral Robinson reported to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, as the Head of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Division. While there, he was called to temporary duty in 1987 as Ship’s Surgeon in USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) and in 1988 as Ship’s Surgeon in USS CORAL SEA (CV-43).

Vice Admiral Robinson reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA, in 1990 as the Head of the General Surgery Department and Director of General Surgery Residency Program. He was appointed Acting Medical Director for the facility in 1994. While at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Vice Admiral Robinson earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. In 1995, Vice Admiral Robinson reported to Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as the Force Medical Officer serving in that capacity for two years. Following that assignment, he reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville in 1997 as the Executive Officer. In January 1999, as Fleet Hospital Jacksonville Commanding Officer, Vice Admiral Robinson commanded a detachment of the fleet hospital as a medical contingent to Joint Task Force Haiti (Operation New Horizon/Uphold Democracy).

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in September 2000, where he also served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Clinical and Program Policy. Vice Admiral Robinson was assigned as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka from September 2001 to January 2004, after which he received assignment back to BUMED as Deputy Chief of BUMED for Medical Support Operations with additional duty as acting Chief of the Medical Corps. In July 2004, Vice Admiral Robinson reported as Commander, National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He assumed the duties as the Commander of Navy Medicine National Capital Area Region in October 2005. Vice Admiral Robinson was the first African-American appointed to be the Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He served as the 36th Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from August 2007 through November 2011.

An author of numerous presentations and publications, Vice Admiral Robinson holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a member of the Le Societe Internationale de Chirurgie, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the National Business School Scholastic Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. He holds certification as a Certified Physician Executive from the American College of Physician Executives. 

Vice Admiral Robinson’s personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service and campaign awards.


Biography courtesy of US Navy.

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