Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare – 2008
Adam Robinson Jr.
Navy Surgeon General and Chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (U.S. Navy), U.S. Government
Vice Adm. Adam Robinson Jr. is the first minority officer to attain the position of Navy Surgeon General and chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He oversees a $3.2 billion annual budget and spearheads diversity training for more than 40,000 people involved in naval medicine. Robinson, 57, a colorectal surgeon, led the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., during a critical time, receiving casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan. Following concerns over quality of care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007, an investigatory commission established by President Bush called the naval medical center a benchmark for caring for those wounded in combat and their families.