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Trustee: Dr. Loren K. Robinson, MD, MSHP, C’2003

Loren RobinsonChief Medical Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas 

Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP is the chief medical officer and vice president for Medical Affairs at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas where she is responsible for the hospital’s quality and safety efforts, as well as physician recruitment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic response, Dr. Robinson has served as the physician lead and medical technical-specialist lead for the Hospital’s Incident Command Structure. Prior to joining the CHRISTUS Health team, Dr. Robinson served as Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about health equity and strongly believes in a multidisciplinary approach to improving and promoting health equity. 

A proud alumna of Spelman College and life member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Dr. Robinson previously served as the national Affinity Chair and the national Health and Wellness Chair for the NAASC. Committed to a life focused on community service, she is a proud and active member of local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 

Dr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Spelman College. She obtained her medical degree from Duke University and then completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following residency, she was selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and completed her fellowship in health policy research at the University of Pennsylvania. 

In 2016, Dr. Robinson was named to the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, received the National Medical Association’s Rising Star Award and was elected to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. She was also selected for LinkedIn’s “Next Wave: Game Changers 35 years old and younger in Healthcare.”

In January 2017, she was featured in Essence Magazine as a “Top Doc” to watch. Dr. Robinson has received more than 30 awards, including the 2013 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of North Carolina chapter; the UNC School of Medicine Henry C. Fordham Teaching Award; the National Med-Peds Resident Association Howard Kubiner Award; and the 2012 National Medical Association’s Top 40 Under 40 award. 

Dr. Robinson is married to her medical school sweetheart, Dr. Ermias Abebe, and together they have two sons. 

Why I Serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees

I seek to advance the mission of the College and to support the health, safety and wellness – academic and physical – of each Spelman student, especially as the Spelman community recovers and rebuilds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. My decision to attend Spelman remains the best decision that I have ever made. The enduring friendships, education, and commitment to serve I obtained at Spelman gave me the tools to excel in every facet of life and the motivation to give back to a community that has given me so much.