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Department of Internal Medicine

John A. Robbins, M.D., M.H.S. View profile as PDF

John A. Robbins

Philosophy of Care

I became an internist because of my general interest in caring for patients. My philosophy of care is based on really trying to help people; I don't just administer tests for tests' sake. I think my patients can best take care of their good health by choosing a goodlife style, although having healthy parents does not hurt! UC Davis Medical Center has a good group of caring, knowledgeable staff members. Interaction with the students keeps us up to date and makes us think. The Medical Center also offers care that is on the "cutting edge."

Clinical Interests

John A. Robbins is a nationally recognized expert in women's health, osteoporosis, heart disease and high blood pressure. He is the principal investigator for a $10.5 million, 15-year Women's Health Initiative research effort at UC Davis on the causes and treatments of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. He has participated in several major National Institutes of Health-funded projects, including studies on cardiovascular health, sleep apnea and hypertension prevention. He has also explored factors that influence patients to obtain, or abstain from, screening mammograms, and authored or co-authored more than 70 scientific articles.




Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


General Medicine


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
General Medicine
4860 Y St., Suites 0101 & 0400
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2737
Phone: 916-734-0171

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1971
B.A., Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1966


Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, 1971-72


Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York , 1974-76
University of Rochester Associated Hospital Program, Rochester, New York, 1976-77

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1976
American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, 1988

Professional Memberships:

American College of Physicians, Fellow
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Society for Bone Mineral Research
Society of General Internal Medicine

Select Recent Publications:

Robbins JA, Hirsch CH, Whitmer R, Cauley J, Harris T. The Association of Bone Mineral Density and Depression in an Elderly Population. J American Geriatrics Society. 49:1-5, 2001.

Callahan EJ, Bertakis KD, Azari R, Robbins JA, Helms LJ, Chang DW. The Influence of Patient Age on Primary Care Resident Physician-Patient Interaction. The journal of the American Geriatrics Society 48:30-35, 2000.

Newman AB, Spiekerman CF, Enright P, Lefkowitz D, Manolio T, Raynolds CF, Robbins J. Daytime sleepiness predicts mortality and cardiovascular disease in older adults. The Cardiovascular Health Study Research Group [see comments]. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 48(2), 115-23, Feb 2000.

Bertakis KD, Azari R, Helms LJ, Callahan EJ, Robbins JA. Gender differences in the utilization of health care services. Journal of Family Practice, 29(2), 147-52, Feb 2000.

Bertakis KD, Azari R. Callahan EJ, Helms J, and Robbins JA. The Impact of Physician Practice Style on Medical Charges. The Journal of Family Practice 48(1):31-36, 1999.

Bertakis KD, Azari R, Callahan EJ, Robbins JA, Helms LJ. Comparison of primary care resident physicians' practice styles during initial and return patient visits. J Gen Intern Med 14(8), 495-8, Aug 1999.

Bertakis KD, Helms LJ, Azari R, Callahan EJ, Robbins JA, and Miller J. Differences Between Family Physicians' and General Internists' Medical Charges. Medical Care 37:78-82, 1999.

Bertakis KD, Robbins JA, Callahan EJ, Helms J, Azari R. Physician Practice Style Patterns With Established Patients: Determinants and Differences Between Family Practice and General Internal Medicine Residents. Family Medicine, Residency Education, 31(3): 187-194, March 1999.

Fried LP, Kronmal RA, Newman AB, Bild DE, Mittlelmark MB, Polak JK, Robbins JA, Gardin Julius M. Risk Factors for 5-Year Mortality in Older Adults the Cardiovascular Health Study Collaborative Research Group. JAMA 279(8): 585-592, 1998.

Bertakis KD, Callahan EJ, Helms J, Azari R, Robbins JA, Miller J. Physical Practice Styles and Patient Outcomes: Differences Between Family Practice and General Internal Medicine. Medical Care, 36(6):879-891, 1998.

Robbins JA, Yanez D, Powe NR, Savage PJ, Ives DG, Gardin JM, Lyles M. Factors Associated with Hospital Utilization in the Elderly: From the Cardiovascular Health Study. The American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, 7(3):27-35 & 42, 1998.

Wahl PW, Savage PJ, Psaty BM, Orchard TJ, Robbins JA, Tracy RP. Diabetes in Older Adults: A Comparison of the 1997 American Diabetes Association Classification of Diabetes Mellitus with the 1985 World Health Organization Classification. The Cardiovascular Health Study. Lancet, 352:1012-1015, 1998.

Quan SF, Howard BV, Conrad I, Kiley JP, Nieto FJ, O'Connor GT, Rapoport DM, Redline S, Robbins JA, Samet JM, and Wahl PW. The Sleep Heart Heath Study: Design, Rationale, and Methods. Sleep 20 (12) 1077-1085, 1997.

Price TR, Manolio TA, Kronmal RA, Kittner SJ, Yue NC, Robbins JR, Anton-Culver H, and O'Leary DH; for the CHS Collaborative Research Group. Silent Brain Infarction on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Neurological Abnormalities in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. The Cardiovascular Health Study. Stroke 28(6):1158-1164, 1997.

Gradman AH, Cutler NR, Davis PJ, Robbins JA, Weiss RJ, Wood BC. Combined enalapril and felodipine extended release (ER) for systemic hypertension. Enalapril-Felodipine ER Factorial Study Group. American Journal of Cardiology, 79(4)431-5, 1997 Feb 15.

Callahan EJ, Bertakis KD, Azari R, Helms LJ, Robbins J, Miller J. Depression in Primary Care: Patient Factors Influencing Recognition. Family Medicine, MAR, 29 (3):172-6, 1997.

Callahan EJ, Bertakis KD, Azari R, Robbins J, Helms J, and Miller J. The Influence of Depression on Physician-Patient Interaction in Primary Care. Family Medicine 28(5):346-351, May 1996.

Jonas H, Kronmal R, Psaty B, Manolio T, Meilahn E, Tell G, Tracy T, Robbins JA, and Anton-Culver H. Current Estrogen-Progestin and Estrogen Replacement Therapy in Elderly Women: Association with Carotid Atherosclerosis. Annals of Epidemiology 6(4):314-323, 1996.

Bertakis KD, Helms LJ, Callahan EJ, Azari R, and Robbins, JA. The Influence of Gender on Physician Practice Style. Medical Care 33(4):407-416, 1995.

Robbins JR, Wahl P, Savage P, Enright P, Powe N, and Lyles M. Hematological and Biochemical Laboratory Values in Older Cardiovascular Health Study Participants. The Cardiovascular Health Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 43:855-859, 1995.

Psaty BM, Kuller LH, Bild D, Burke GL, Kittner SJ, Mittelmark M, Price TR, Rautaharju PM, and Robbins JR. Methods of Assessing Prevalent Cardiovascular Disease in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Ann Epidemiol 1995;5(4):270-277.

Tell GS, Polak JF, Ward BJ, Kittner SJ, Savage PJ, and Robbins J. Relation of Smoking With Carotid Artery Wall Thickness and Stenosis in Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study. Circulation 90(6):2905-2908, 1994.

Ettinger WH, Fried LP, Harris T, Shemanski L, Schulz R, and Robbins J. Self-Reported Causes of Physical Disability in Older People: The Cardiovascular Health Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 42(10):1035-1044, 1994.

Kuller L, Borhani N, Furberg C, Gardin J, Manolio T, O'Leary D, Psaty B, and Robbins JA. Prevalence of Subclinical Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Disease and Association with Risk Factors in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 139(12):1164-1179, 1994.

Bertakis KD, Callahan EJ, Helms LJ, Azari R, Robbins JA, The Effect of Patient Health Status on Physician Practice Style. Family Medicine, September, 25(8):530-535, 1993.

Robbins JA, Bertakis KD, Helms LJ, Azari R, Callahan EJ, Creten DA. "The Influence of Physician Practice Style on Patient Satisfaction." Family Medicine, January, 25(1):17-20, 1993.

White RH, Robbins JA. Prevention and Management of Medical Complications. In, Operative Orthopaedics, Second Edition, Volume 1 of 4. Chapman M., ed., J.B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, pp. 131-137, 1993.

Psaty BM, Furberg CD, Kuller LH, Borhani NO, Rautaharju PM, O'Leary DH, Bild DE, Robbins JA, Fried LP, and Reid C. Isolated Systolic Hypertension and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly. JAMA, September 9, 268(10):1287-1291, 1992.

Robbins, J.A. and Gottlieb, F. Sleep deprivation in Housestaff. Western Journal of Medicine 152:82-86, 1990.

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