John Robbins, M.D., M.H.S.

John A. Robbins, M.D., M.H.S.


Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


  • Professor Emeritus


John A. Robbins is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Research/Academic Interests

I am the principle investigator for the Cardiovascular Health Study.  I continue to be an investigator for the Women's Health initiative.


General Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Women's Center for Health


M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY 1971

M.H.S., UC Davis, Davis CA 1983

B.A., Antioch College, Yellow Springs OH1966

Internship: Rhode Island Hospital, Providence RI 1971-1972


Rochester General Hospital, Rochester NY 1974-1976

University of Rochester Associated Hospital Program, Rochester NY 1976-1977

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1976

American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, 1988

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians, Fellow

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.