Dr Albert Robbins
Robbins's medical career has somewhat followed the path he envisioned for himself, but his personal life has far exceeded his wildest expectations.
Played by Robert David Hall
Born to a single mother in an era when everyone came from a two-parent household, Albert Robbins spent his life as an underdog. Spurned by his peers, he took solace in books from an early age, discovering an aptitude for academia. His mother worked as a nurse, so Robbins spent most nights in the local hospital. The doctors and nurses unofficially adopted him, not only giving him free reign of the premises but also allowing him to assist in any number of activities the chronically short-handed facility required.
After completing his residency at Johns Hopkins, Al Robbins opened a clinic in the then-run-down inner harbour area of Baltimore. He worked as a general practitioner for 20 years before the chronic budget shortfalls and the predatory practices of the newly powerful HMOs forced him to close the clinic’s doors. Strictly out of academic curiosity, he became an Assistant Coroner for the Arlington, Virginia police department, where he worked his way up to Coroner in two years.
Many years of fighting the good fight eventually left Robbins drained, and after shifting into what felt like a natural career change for him (medicine is all about life and death), he, his wife and their three children packed up and moved to Las Vegas. He’s free to pursue his own interests, both at work and at home, and that’s the way he likes it right now. His medical career has somewhat followed the path he envisioned for himself, but his personal life has far exceeded his wildest expectations. His wife and children have replaced books as the centre of his life and nothing will ever change that.