Robinson joins Stabler staff

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Dr. Eric Robinson, a Prattville, Ala., native, recently joined the medical staff of L.V. Stabler Memorial hospital as an anesthesiologist.

The doctor moved here from Dalton, Ga., with his wife, Stacey Trawick, Robinson, a Greenville native.

Robinson graduated from Auburn University in Montgomery. Then attended medical school at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, and did an internship in general surgery there for a year. Deciding to specialize in anesthesiology, he transferred to the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is boarded by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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He then moved to Montgomery and worked with an anesthesiology group. He next moved to Dalton, Ga., to work with another group. But working with a hospital in Greenville became appealing for Robinson because of his desire to be closer to family and to move to a smaller community.

Robinson said his philosophy about being an anesthesiologist is to make the patient feel at ease.

&uot;That can be a challenge,&uot; he said. &uot;The surgeon has several opportunities to talk with the patient and get to know him. But I usually only talk with them right before the procedure. I think one of my strengths as a doctor is that I feel it’s important to spend some time talking with the patient also, to put them at ease and reassure them.&uot;

Robinson is following a family tradition, being an anesthesiologist. His father practiced at Baptist Hospital – East in Montgomery before he retired.

In response to a question about how he handles patients’ fear of being &uot;put to sleep&uot; for surgery, Robinson said that anesthesiology has really progressed the past few years.

&uot;We have made so many advancements in anesthesia recently that it is almost mistake-proof,&uot; he said. &uot;It is really safe.&uot;

The doctor said he is enjoying the slower pace living in Greenville offers.

&uot;The main &uot;plus&uot; is the lack of traffic,&uot; Robinson said. &uot;I really disliked sitting in traffic in the towns like Montgomery and Birmingham, you wasted so much time.&uot;

He said that he and Stacey have spent a lot of time in Greenville in the past while visiting family here, so there wasn’t a big adjustment.

&uot;When I would have time off, we would spend time in Greenville doing various things,&uot; he said. &uot;I’ve always liked the town. The only problem was I like to play golf. But now that they’ve put in the Robert Trent Jones course, moving here was no problem.&uot;

Robinson and Stacey were married at Southside Baptist Church and plan to make it their church home.

&uot;Southside is a good-sized church with many things to offer young families,&uot; Robinson said. &uot;At the same time, it has a spiritual atmosphere such as that found in smaller churches.&uot;