Assistant in Medicine
General Internal Medicine and Public Health

Assistant in Medicine

Nurse Practitioner

Professional Bio

Sam Robbins, DNP, is an Assistant in Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Center. A nurse practitioner, he was recruited to join the faculty to help develop the outpatient palliative care program.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South, Robbins completed a master’s degree in theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School. His passion for palliative care began during his work as a hospice volunteer. In 2007, he completed his MSN at Vanderbilt School of Nursing and received the Amy Francis Brown Prize for Excellence in Writing. In 2009, he helped initiate the palliative care consultation service at Saint Thomas West Hospital.

Robbins’ academic interests include the effects of palliative care consultation on hospice referral, the role of spirituality in end-of-life care, and the history of palliative medicine.


Master - Theological Studies - Vanderbilt Divinity School - 2001
MSN - Vanderbilt School of Nursing - 2007
DNP - Belmont University - 2016