Blackstone, MD, FACS, Robin P.

Blackstone, MD, FACS, Robin P.

Global Head, Preclinical, Clinical and Medical Affairs at Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson Company

Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS, FASMBS, was recently appointed Vice President, Ethicon Global Franchise Pre-Clinical, Clinical and Medical Affairs reporting to Peter Schulam, MD.  
Dr. Blackstone’s experience in surgery includes General, Oncology and Bariatric/Foregut surgery.   She holds the Ira A. Fulton Endowed Chair in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Professor in Surgery and Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona, and a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. 

She founded the Institute for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders at Banner Health (Phoenix, AZ).  Her research interests focused on developing a personalized approach to obesity treatment and tertiary prevention. 

Dr. Blackstone helped to establish the Obesity Action Coalition, working extensively on incorporating coverage of obesity within the Affordable Care Act.  She is the first woman to have served as President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in its 36-year history.  During her tenure as President, she helped to establish one national standard for bariatric surgery with continuous improvement and rigorous data reporting: The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.  She has served as a member of the Roundtable on Obesity for the National Academy of Engineering, Science and Medicine, a national multidisciplinary policy group. She has a passion for teaching and established a weeklong didactic and clinical session on Obesity within the University of Arizona School of Medicine – Phoenix.
Dr. Blackstone earned her M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio.  She is a native of Arizona and enjoys hiking, biking, and the great outdoors.  Currently she resides in NYC.