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Laura Robbins, DSW

About Dr. Robbins

Laura Robbins, DSW, is Senior Vice President, Education Institute & Global Affairs 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 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. She has also held many national appointments, including as Chair of the Arthritis Foundation (2004–2006).

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Senior Vice President, Education Institute & Global 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



Publications by Dr. Robbins

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

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Research staff at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however, HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists Research staff collaborations with outside companies if the Research staff member received any payment during the prior year or expects to receive any payment in the next year. The disclosures are based on information provided by the Research staff and other sources and are updated regularly. Current ownership interests and leadership positions are also listed. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Robbins as of March 28, 2023.

Arthritis Foundation - Board or Committee Member

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS Research staff with industry on this website, HSS and its Research staff make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit payment of royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Feel free to ask the Research staff member about their relationship(s).

Dr. Robbins in the News