Dr. Robert Sheppard is a native of Alabama, the son of tenant farmers. He graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biology, then from the UAB School of Medicine. He completed a Categorical Internal Medicine Residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine where he remained a fourth year as Chief Medical Resident focused in Cardiology.
He practiced Internal Medicine in Carrollton, AL for amost twenty-five years. He served as Chairman of the local hospital’s board and its Chief Executive Officer for most of this time.
In 2003, he closed this chapter in his practice life and moved to Tuscaloosa joining the staff at the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama to start the University Hospitalist Program where he served as its Director to the present. In 2006, he founded America’s first Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship training program specifically designed for Family Physicians. Serving as its Director, he has helped train more than twenty Family Physicians in hospitalist medicine through this program.
During this time at the University of Alabama, he has been awarded more than twenty Excellence in Teaching awards from the School of Medicine, residency and fellowship programs. These awards spanned fifteen consecutive years and included the Argus Award, Golden Stethoscope Award, Patrick McCue Award, Attending of the Year, and Best Clinical Instructor Award. During this time, he also delivered more than sixty-five thousand patient encounters as a university hospitalist.
He has published four books including: EKG Interpretation in a Nutshell, Ventilator Management in a Nutshell, EKG Interpretation in a Nutshell: a Working Companion, and Money Management for Young Physicians.
Dr. Sheppard was nominated by Dr. John Wheat for this award.