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Robinson named student health services director

June 07, 2011 12:00AM

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Pittsburg State University has announced the selection of Dr. Brenda Robinson, of Pittsburg, as the director of student health services for the university.

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Robinson to Pittsburg State University," said Dr. Steve Erwin, associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services. "Dr. Robinson brings with her not only a wealth of medical experience, but also a commitment to the welfare of the university and its students."

As director of student health services, Robinson oversees the Bryant Student Health Center, which receives more than 16,000 student health visits each year.

Robinson, who is an emergency room physician at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from PSU in 1992. A Pittsburg native, she was a member of the first class of the PSU Honors College.

Robinson earned her MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1996 and served a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatric medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1996 until 2000. She is board certified in both areas. Robinson worked in the Mt. Carmel Medical Center emergency room from 2000 until 2005, then at KU, and in the Freeman ER from 2008 until the present.

"I'm really excited about being part of the Pitt State family," Robinson said.

Robinson said the opportunity to care for university students was one of the things that made this job attractive to her.

"One of the things that interested me about this position," Robinson said, "was the opportunity to work with students and provide some positive influences in their lives. I very much enjoy being involved in preventative health care."

Robinson said her undergraduate days on campus also influenced her decision.

"I had a great undergraduate experience at PSU," Robinson said, "and it paved the way for me to become a doctor. I would like to think that this is one of the ways in which I can give back to the university for all it has given to me."

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