Assistant in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine,
Public Health and Medical Nurse Practitioner
Sam Robbins recently joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine as a nurse practitioner. He was recruited to help develop the outpatient palliative care program. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South, he completed a Masters degree in Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School. His passion for palliative care began during his work as a hospice volunteer. In 2007, he completed his MSN at Vanderbilt School of Nursing and received the Amy Francis Brown Prize for Excellence in Writing. In 2009, he helped initiate the palliative care consultation service at Saint Thomas West hospital. He is completing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Belmont University. His academic interests include the effects of palliative care consultation on hospice referral, the role of spirituality in end of life care, and the history of palliative medicine.