Surgeon General Visits SSU

Vice Admiral Adam Robinson Jr., M.D., surgeon general of the U.S. Navy and chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, visited Savannah State University (SSU) on March 3, 2009.

He met with students and others to discuss health and career opportunities in the Navy Medical Corps, in the Jordan Building auditorium.

Robinson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2007 as the 36th surgeon general of the Navy. In that same year, he received the Benjamin Banneker Award, which recognizes individuals and best practices that seek to inspire and increase the number of African-Americans in the math and science and other technological fields.

Raised in Louisville, Ky., Robinson earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Indiana University.

He later graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program.

Robinson was commissioned after completing his surgical internship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

He completed a oneyear fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Carle Foundation Hospital, University of Illinois School of Medicine.

Robinson’s personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various service and campaign awards. The author of numerous presentations and publications, the vice admiral holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The vice admiral’s campus visit is coordinated by SSU’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit, which was established in September 1971 with an enrollment of 41 midshipmen. The first officers, three Navy ensigns and one Marine Corps lieutenant, were commissioned in June 1974. To date, approximately 225 officers have been commissioned.

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