Robert Bobilin is originally from the Miami area where he was raised and completed his first two years of college. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of South Florida (USF) in 1971 and continued his education there completing his Master’s Degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry in 1976. His thesis research involved the kinetics of biological thiol-disulfide exchange reactions. While in the graduate program, he taught inorganic, organic and biochemistry labs as a teaching assistant.
Professor Bobilin taught high school chemistry, biology and algebra after graduating with his M.S., worked 2 years as the Research & Development Supervisor for the Uranium Recovery Corporation and spent the subsequent 22 years working in chemical manufacturing rising to the position of Technical Services Manager for the Occidental Chemical Corporation before deciding to make a significant career change into medicine. Two trips to Guatemala on medical missions convinced him to pursue his master’s degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Florida where he graduated in 2004.
He practiced for 2 years at a local Gainesville gastroenterology practice before accepting a teaching position as an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. During his 10 year tenure, he course-mastered dermatology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, geriatrics as well as differential and physical diagnosis. In this capacity, he was honored by the UF College of Medicine for 7 consecutive years as an Exemplary Teacher and also received the Outstanding Academic Year Instructor Award from 3 graduating classes. He participated as an invited speaker for the Practicing Clinician Exchange in 2013 and also presented 3 continuing medical education courses for the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA) and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in 2014, 2015 and 2016 all involving Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Professor Bobilin retired from the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies in 2016 and moved to Ponte Vedra with his wife and accepted a clinician position with UF Health in Jacksonville where he worked in Family Practice until February 2018 when he accepted a teaching position with Nova Southeastern University’s Jacksonville Physician Assistant Program recognizing teaching as his true passion and the most rewarding way to finish his career. Family time, cycling and travel are his other passions and he is very happy to join the wonderful faculty and students here at NSU-Jacksonville.