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Making A Difference

Local Doctor Aims To Give Back To Community

Dr. Paul Robbins is pictured in an exam room at The Chautauqua Center where he works as a pediatric doctor. The Jamestown High School grad is happy to give back to the community he grew up in. P-J photos by Nikk Holland

Dr. Paul Robbins, a 2004 Jamestown High School graduate, recently returned to his hometown to start his medical career.

Robbins obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Notre Dame. He went on to study maternal and child health at the George Washington School of Public Health in Washington D.C.

After attending medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteropathic Medicine in Erie, Pa., Robbins was awarded the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. He then completed his residency with the Medical College of Georgia at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

Robbins said he’s had a calling to medicine since his youth.

“Really since I was young I’ve had a calling towards medicine,” Robbins said. “It’s hard to describe what that really feels like, but it’s always been my plan to become a physician.”

Not only has he had a calling toward medicine in general, Robbins said he’s been drawn to pediatrics in particular.

“The big thing that drew me to pediatrics is the opportunity you have to make a difference in a child’s life,” Robbins said.

“If you can intervene at a young age, they grow into healthy adults who are healthy parents — who themselves have healthy children. It’s a good way to make a big difference in a population.”

Robbins started at the Chautauqua Center in July of 2020, and noticed a lot of similarities between Augusta, Ga., and Jamestown.

“The biggest concern in our area is taking care of children in families that are dealing with drug addiction,” Robbins said. “Also, sort of managing through poverty. There are a lot of similar things going on throughout the country.”

Robbins said coming back to work in Jamestown has been something he’s thought about for a while, and he is “happy to be back in the area.”

“The local community has given me so much that I’ve always … wanted to come back to the area to help give back,” Robbins said. “It’s nice to serve in the area that did so much for me.”

When Robbins isn’t working, he likes to travel and spend time with his friends from all across the country — a hobby that’s been stymied due to the pandemic. He also enjoys golfing.

“I think the area is fantastic for golfing, especially being in Augusta the last three years,” Robbins said. “We’re looking forward to having a good summer for golf.”

If there’s anything to know about Dr. Robbins, it’s that he’s a Jamestown guy who wants to be here for the long-haul.

“I’ve been invested in so much by local mentors and groups my whole life that I’m here to serve the community back the best I can,” Robbins said.

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