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Laura Robbins, DSW

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Laura Robbins, DSW

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Laura Robbins, DSW, is Senior Vice President, Global & Academic Affairs, and the Designated Officer for Graduate Medical Education at Hospital for Special Surgery. She joined HSS in 1989 as Director of Community Education and has been an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine since 1995.

Dr. Robbins is responsible for developing and aligning the academic vision of HSS with its global mission of spreading knowledge and expertise around the world. She also leads an array of academic programs, from the preparation for medical school through undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. She also supports educational programming for the public and patients.

Dr. Robbins has developed best practices to meet, and exceed, regulatory requirements such as those of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, Joint Commission, and New York State Department of Health.

The academic mission of HSS involves ensuring collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine to align academic goals for the improvement of physician education and training in a changing healthcare environment. Dr. Robbins’s experience in qualitative research has led to her participation as a methodology expert in National Institutes of Health–funded studies, as well as others published in numerous peer-reviewed journals in a variety of specialty areas. She teaches research courses annually and is appointed to numerous academic committees at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Robbins holds a doctorate in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Dr. Robbins has also held many national appointments, including as Chair of the Arthritis Foundation (2004–2006).

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Selected Publications

Robbins, L. Health Disparities: Access or Attitudes? in Jones L. D et al., An Update on Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Current State of Evidence. Arthritis Care and Research, in press

Robbins L. Social and Cultural Assessment. In: Robbins, L, Hannon, M, Burckhardt C, and DeHoratius, R (Eds.). Primer on Clinical Care in the Rheumatic Diseases, 2nd Edition, The American College of Rheumatology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2001

Robbins L. Patient Education. In: J Klippel, C Weyand, R Wortmann (Eds.). Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases, 12th Edition,. National Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, 2001

Robbins, L. Qualitative Research: Contributions to Scientific Inquiry and Patient Care,Arthritis Care and Research, Arthritis Care and Research, August, 1998, 11 (4), 225-227.

Robbins, L. Patient education in osteoarthritis management, A Special Report: Osteoarthritis Guidelines, Postgraduate Medicine, August, 1998.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Professional Education by Dr. Robbins on HSS.edu


Senior Vice President, Global & Academic Affairs, Hospital for Special Surgery 

Designated Institutional Officer, GME

Associate Research Professor of Social Work in Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Associate Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery

Executive Editor, HSS Journal

Chair, Arthritis Foundation