J. S. Robinson, MD Ph.D, MPH
A Pediatrician with a World of Experience
I was born in New Jersey, and completed my undergraduate B.S. in Chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. I enrolled in a combined Ph.D.-M.D. program at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where I completed my doctorate in Biological Chemistry in 1973 and obtained my medical diploma in 1975. I stayed on at UCLA to complete a three-year residency in Pediatrics. While on the teaching staff of UCLA, I practiced Emergency Pediatric medicine while completing my Masters degree in Public Health with an emphasis on international health.
Beginning in 1980 I spent three years in Africa working in Tunisia, Liberia, and Congo Republic for CARE as their African Regional Public Health Advisor. I met my wife, Janet (a Texan), while in Liberia, West Africa and returned to the U.S. to marry in 1983. I continued my Emergency Pediatric service in Los Angeles for seven years.
A call from the State Department Agency for International Development enticed me back overseas to Southeast Asia (Indonesia) where I worked as an advisor to the Indonesian Ministry of Health for eleven years. During that tenure, I coordinated projects to improve child survival and immunization rates among rural people in the outlying provinces of Sulawesi, the Moluccas, and East Borneo plus Papua New Guinea, China, and Cambodia. I often served as a consultant for UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Bank in developing programs for training traditional birth attendants, village health workers, and rural doctors.
My family and I moved to Texas from SE Asia in January 2000 in order to be near relatives. I joined a group practice in the Woodlands in April 2002 and decided to leave in September 2005 to open my own practice in the Lake Conroe/Montgomery area.
I have an adult married son, Matthew, living in Los Angeles working as a screen writer. He has written and co-directed a movie with Ricky Gervais that was released in October , 2009 entitled The Invention of Lying. He is working on a new animated movie with Paramount studios.
I also have a married daughter, Cori, who attended graduate school in English at UTSA along with her husband, Tyler, who completed his Master’s degree in Chemistry and now works for the FAA as an air traffic controller at Bush International. Cori and Tyler gave us our first grandchild, Noah, in February, 2009 and our newest addition, Phineas, in December, 2011.
Marcy, our youngest daughter, completed a degree in Biology and Chemistry at Sam Houston State University in 2011. She currently works for the Houston Aquarium managing and training the tigers. My wife, Janet, holds a Speech and Hearing Pathology degree from West Texas A&M and a Master’s degree from UCLA in Education. She works in the Lake Area Pediatrics office as the clinical supervisor.
Our Mission.... To Be The Best
I believe that the most important part of taking good care of a child is that the parents and doctor work together as a team. Together we should work to determine the cause of the illness and treatment (if it is treatable), and to make your child as comfortable as possible in the process. Like most doctors, I am not perfect at always making a correct diagnosis and giving the correct treatment. I diagnose problems based on information obtained (your history) and the result of an exam. Even with that data, it is not always possible to determine exactly what is the cause of the symptoms. I base my judgment on percentages and the likelihood of these symptoms fitting to a particular disease. As an aid, I will often order blood tests, or get imaging studies. Most of the time I can make the diagnosis on a first visit and evaluation and provide the proper treatment. However, that will not happen every time. I won’t always be correct. Sometimes I have to try a treatment regimen to see if that works in order to rule out one disease over another before switching to another treatment. I will need your confidence that I am doing all that I can to discern the cause of the problem. We must work together sometimes over several visits to get it sorted out. In this way we work as a team. This is the teamwork between the doctor and parents I spoke about above.
This also means that when a treatment is prescribed, you, the parent, must make every effort to comply with the treatment instructions given. If you do not agree, I want you say something before you leave the office. Sometimes children do not get better because they are not administered the medications in a timely manner or the medicine is stopped prematurely. Sometimes parents have customs at home that do not harmonize with my recommendations. For instance, smoking at home (even if outside, it is still on your clothing and hair and hands) will worsen respiratory problems like asthma and allergies in children. Giving the bottle at bedtime with the child lying down (although nice for the parent to get them to sleep) will contribute to ear infections and bad teeth.
In order to work better as a team, there are some particular points that I would like to share regarding my viewpoint on the treatment of certain symptoms and problems.