Don E. Robinson, MD, has devoted his entire professional career to residents of SE Tennessee. Growing up in Athens, Dr. Robinson spent time on the family farm in the Chestuee Community of Polk County. He graduated from McMinn County High School and went on to his post-secondary education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From there, Dr. Robinson attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis where he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine.
In 1977, Dr. Robinson moved his family to Cleveland and began his medical practice. For over 40 years, Dr. Robinson faithfully served thousands of regional residents. Closing his private practice in 2017, Dr. Robinson began to serve veterans at the VA Clinic in Chattanooga where he stayed until he retired in 2022.
Along with a very successful practice, Dr. Robinson took his education and skills into the community to help and serve others. During the 1996 Olympics, Dr. Robinson served on the medical staff for the Canoe/Kayak Slalom event on the Ocoee River. He has been a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration since 2009. As the coordinator of the Bradley County Emergency Management Auxiliary Communications Service-SKYWARN, Dr. Robinson helps during severe weather warnings through ham radio, his hobby since 1965. For 10 years, he was the host of “Health Matters," a public television show discussing medical matters, and for 40 years, he donated his time to be an assistant instructor for the Tennessee Hunter Safety course. Dr. Robinson's contributions to the community through his work as a physician earned him the 2013 Volunteerism and Community Service Award from the American College of Physicians - TN Chapter.
When Dr. Robinson’s sons were young, he served the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts as a scout leader for Troop 10. Since 1993, he has been medical staff at the National Scout Jamboree and at the World Scout Jamboree in 2019. He has received both the Silver Beaver Award from the Cherokee Area Council and the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2012. Dr. Robinson still gives his time to the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts where he currently serves as a member of its Executive Board, which he has been a member of since 1995.
To keep close touch with the broader community, Dr. Robinson was very active in the Rotary Club of Cleveland from 1977 until 2017, serving as Rotary President in 1985-86. He has received the “Rotarian of the Year” and the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, named for Rotary’s founder. Dr. Robinson founded the Cleveland City Schools website and was webmaster for 13 years.
Dr. Robinson and his wife, Dawn, have four children, Mandy, JB, Chris and Colby, and have eight grandchildren.