Hubert Roberts, III, Primary Care Physician
Joined Fenway in November, 2016
Education: Bachelor’s in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine.
Residency: General Internal Medicine, Primary Track at Rhode Island Hospital/Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
What inspired you to become a Primary Care Physician?
I know it sounds cliche, but I wanted to help people. Primary care in particular gives me a unique opportunity to help people by treating a very wide range of medical problems. In primary care, there are also opportunities to help prevent a wide range of medical problems as people mature.
What brought you to Fenway Health?
I came to Fenway because of its commitment to providing high quality care for all, including the LGBTQ community, through medical care, education, research and advocacy. This was all in alignment with my mission as a primary care doctor.
Any clinical interests or specializations? What drew you to these areas?
My clinical interests include HIV/AIDS care, LBGTQ health, diabetes management and nutrition. These are broad interests, but they all require a certain level of expertise that I have been gaining since the early stages of my formal training.
Are there any developments or advancements in the field that you’re particularly excited about?
In general, I am excited that it seems to be getting just a bit easier to live a healthy life in collaboration with primary care regardless of what medical problem one may have. Whether it be once weekly injectable options for better blood sugar control in a type 2 diabetic or a daily pill option for prophylaxis against HIV, primary care is making a big impact on one’s overall health.
What do you like most about being a Primary Care Physician?
What I like most about being a primary care doctor is the ability to have continuity of care among individuals and their adult family members as they all mature.
What has been the best part of your training so far?
The best part of my training is the positive impact I have been fortunate enough to make on so many different lives.
Can you tell us a little about your schooling and formal training?
My schooling and formal training, although very challenging, was an amazing experience. I went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for undergrad where I majored in biology. It was there that I became interested in HIV/AIDS – some of my undergraduate research was focused on learning more about HIV and how it affects the human body. After getting my B.S. in biology at MIT, I went to Boston University for medical school.
There, I learned a great deal about providing medical care for a very diverse patient population and was fortunate enough experience international medicine – I practiced medicine in Maseno, Kenya; Crete, Greece; and Guatemala City, Guatemala. After getting my MD from BU school of medicine, I went to Brown for their General Internal Medicine Residency program. This program had a special focus on primary care which helped to hone my skills in a wide range of internal medicine specialties. There, I continued working with a very diverse patient population. I also had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to practice medicine.
What do you get up to when you have time off?
When I have time off, I am either working out in the gym, doing yoga, cooking, helping out at my church, singing, taking a dance class, traveling, or catching a Broadway show.
What surprises you most about your line of work?
What surprises me most about this line of work is what I enjoy most about doing it everyday – the positive impact I am fortunate enough to have on so many different lives.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of the job is delivering news about a difficult medical diagnosis.
How do you see the field changing or growing in the future?
I see the field being better integrated with technology in the near future.
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