June 13, 1997

Day of Events set to honor Vice Chancellor

Day of Events set to honor Vice Chancellor

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Dr. Roscoe Robinson

A daylong celebration is set for Friday, June 27, to honor Dr. Roscoe R. (Ike) Robinson, who is stepping down from his post as Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"We Like Ike Robinson Day" will begin at 9 a.m. at VUMC¹s Langford Auditorium with remarks from John Hall, president of Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and Chancellor Joe B. Wyatt, and will end with a 3:30 p.m. all-university reception/ice cream social on the west lawn outside Light Hall.

Between those times, Robinson will be honored with comments and lectures from close colleagues and friends from various scientific fields.

"Ike Robinson has done an outstanding job during his 16 years in his leadership role at the Medical Center," Wyatt said. "This daylong observance is more than fitting. I value him as a close friend, colleague, and advisor."

Robinson came to VUMC from Duke University in 1981 after serving as director of the Division of Nephrology and the Florence McAlister Professor of Medicine. For five years he also served as associate vice president and Duke Hospital¹s chief executive officer.

Robinson¹s years at Vanderbilt have seen the size of the Medical and Nursing School faculties grow from about 500 to more than 1,000 today. In addition, the research support for the medical center has grown from about $20 million in 1981 to $120 million today.

The VUMC skyline also took on new dimensions during those years, as The Vanderbilt Clinic, Medical Research Building I, Medical Research Building II, the Eskind Biomedical Library, Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, the Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt, Medical Center East, the Kim Dayani Center and the TVC and Capers Avenue garages were all completed and five buildings south of Blakemore Avenue were purchased and added to the campus.