Robinson Joins GA-PCOM TeamNovember 28, 2016
Ben Robinson has been named Chief Program Development and Professional Relations Officer
Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
With an extensive background in health workforce education planning, Ben Robinson,
MPA, has been appointed Chief Program Development and Professional Relations Officer
for Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM).
In this position, Robinson will coordinate academic program development and pursue
partnerships for new and expanding programs. He will also collaborate with healthcare
providers to increase clinical education opportunities for GA-PCOM students in osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, the developing physical therapy program
and biomedical research.
Before joining GA-PCOM, Robinson served as executive director for the Center for Health
Workforce Planning and Analysis for the University System of Georgia, where he managed
multi-million dollar initiatives to increase medical residencies across the state
to address physician shortages. In addition, he was charged with overseeing strategic
initiatives pertaining to the health workforce and the education systems that are
producing that workforce. Robinson also facilitated implementation and ongoing operations
of select academic programs that combined the resources and operations of multiple
University System of Georgia institutions, ensuring efficiency and long term viability
of these programs.
Prior to this position, he served as Executive Director of the Georgia Board for Physician
Workforce and the State Medical Education Board of Georgia, charged with overseeing
the state response to rural physician shortages and development of the primary care
physician workforce. As executive director, Robinson advised Georgia medical schools
and hospital medical education leadership, and managed communications with leadership
in the Governor’s Office and in the state House and Senate. He played a pivotal role
in the expansion of the Medical College of Georgia into Athens.
Robinson has also served as Manager of Workforce Initiatives at the Georgia Department
of Community Health where he worked for the passage of legislation that established
a standing Healthcare Workforce Policy Advisory Committee overseeing Georgia’s non-physician
healthcare workforce. He was the committee’s chief staff member and secured about
$13 million in funding from state agencies and private foundations to support committee
A graduate of Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor
of Arts in History, Robinson completed a graduate degree at the University of Georgia
in Athens where he received a Master of Public Administration. He is active in the
community, currently serving as a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program,
as an assistant Cub Scout den leader and as a member of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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