Many know Don Robinson, M.D., as Dr. Robinson. Ask any person in this area if they know someone that was delivered by Dr. Robinson and they will probably tell you that he delivered them. Dr. Robinson has served the community of Bainbridge for 30 years, tomorrow, Thursday, August 3. Not only has his faith in God been the driving force in his practice, family and life, it has also been the inspiration for his continued work and involvement in his community.
Originally from Macon, Georgia, Don Robinson was a leader in high school and an ROTC Captain. He was pre-med with a major in Biology at Mercer University. He attended on a survivor-benefit and various scholastic scholarships.
After graduating from Mercer, Don married Mary and the newlyweds moved to Augusta.
Don Robinson attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he studied straight through school, never taking a summer off. He joined the Air Force on a military scholarship.
After Don graduated from medical school, his active duty was deferred until completion of his residency in Macon at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. During this time, Don Robinson lost his mother, but with his loss came the birth of his son, Talmadge Robinson (Tal). After residency for his OB/GYN specialty, Don was called to active duty and the family shipped off to Rapid City, South Dakota. Don was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base for the better part of three years.
Don Robinson’s final tour of duty was at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, where his daughter Laura was born in 1986.
Dean Burke, now Senator Burke, was looking for a partner for his medical practice in Bainbridge. Don and Dean both attended the Medical College of Georgia and shared the same hospital for residency. Don finished active duty in 1987 and moved the family to Bainbridge to join Dr. Burke as a partner in private practice.
Dr. Robinson has served as the Chairman for the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and along with former Secretary of the State of Georgia, Cathy Cox, helped to create and establish the Decatur 21st program which teaches leaders how to perform in the twenty-first century.
Dr. Robinson also created and fostered the original driving tour of Historic Bainbridge. His passion for photography is well-known and his work was displayed for years as a mural at the Welcome Center of Bainbridge.
With the former Bainbridge Running Club, Don was an active participant. He proudly represented our community in 11 marathons at various sites, from Boston to Orlando, all after the age of 40!
According to his wife, Mary, and many other patients and leaders in the community, Dr. Robinson is not a doctor for any personal gain. He is truly in medicine for all the right reasons. Dr. Robinson has been serving wherever the Lord has led him. “Bainbridge has been great to Don, and he has established many lifelong friends with his colleagues, as well as his patients.” Mary said of her husband, “His medical practice is a ministry. He has been with his patients through lots of joy and pain.”
Dr. Robinson is very active in his church, Southwest Baptist of Bainbridge. He also served in multiple capacities for many years as a member of First United Methodist Church of Bainbridge.