BURKE ROBINSON, MD, FACS
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Becoming double board-certified was very important to me. To my colleagues, it is a sign of my dedication to my discipline. It shows my complete commitment to providing the most advanced, meticulous and comfortable care possible of the facial structures.” – Burke Robinson, MD
Your Beauty Enhanced for Renewed Confidence
Dr. Burke Robinson is an award-winning, Top Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon with over 29 years of experience dedicated exclusively to facial cosmetic surgery. He is widely known for his genuine compassion and deep commitment to providing the utmost in surgical care, safety, and results. Dr. Robinson has become one of the most trusted cosmetic surgeons in the Atlanta area. He has devoted his life to helping others transform their dream look into a beautiful reality. Dr. Robinson is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who specializes in the most advanced surgical & non-surgical facial procedures to enhance and revitalize the appearance while maintaining natural-looking results.
Dr. Robinson has achieved double board certification by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. His expert knowledge of facial anatomy and superior aesthetic sensibility give him the keen insight needed to assess the balance of his patients’ features and develop a personalized surgical approach which boosts overall patient health while also minimizing scarring.
In his practice at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery (RFPS), Dr. Robinson has assembled a team who shares his commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and safety. Our clients trust our dedicated focus on their needs and our complete respect for patient well-being. We provide the best quality services and concentrate our efforts on helping patients achieve their individual goals. At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, our priority is YOU, the patient.
Atlanta's Finest Facial Plastic Surgeon
- Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” , The Top Physicians selected by their Peers, (9th Year in a Row), 2013-2021
- Atlanta Magazine “Top Doctor”, (5th Year in a Row), 2016-2020
- Realself “Top Doctor” for Rhinoplasty, Blepharoplasty & Facelift, (8th Year in a Row), 2013-2020
- Talk of the Town 5-Star Award for “Excellence in Customer Service & Patient Satisfaction”, (9th Year in a Row), 2013-2021
- My Alpharetta Magazine Readers Choice Awards “Best Plastic Surgeon”, (3rd Year in a Row), 2018-2020
- Best of North Atlanta “Best Cosmetic Surgery”, (4rd Year in a Row), 2017-2020
- Atlanta Bestself Magazine “Best Plastic Surgery Center for Eyes” , (3rd Year in a Row), 2018-2020
- The American Registry “America’s Most Honored Professionals” Top 1%, (5th Year in a Row), 2016-2020
- U.S. News & World Report “America’s Top Doctor”, 2016
- Vitals “Most Compassionate Doctor”, (12th Year in a Row), 2009-2021
- Vitals “Patients’ Choice” Award, (13th Year in a Row), 2008-2021
- Ben Shuster Memorial Award – Honorable Mention. Presented by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery “In recognition of the Most Outstanding Research Paper in the Field of Head and Neck Plastic Surgery.” Presented September 12, 1992.
- ABFPRS: American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American Academy of Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery
- American Board of Otolaryngology
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- Medical Association of Georgia
- National Board of Medical Examiners
Sharing Part of the Story that Shaped the Man behind the Practice
“I truly love my job,” proclaims Dr. Burke Robinson, FACS. “I wake up in the morning excited to come to work. I have the ability to help people change their lives and that’s how I always have seen my role. Whether it is correcting a child’s protruding ears to resolve the bullying, to improving the overly distracting nose of the shy overlooked teenager, to the reconstruction of the grandparent ravaged by an aggressive skin cancer. Over and over, I have seen how physical self-image really impacts a sense of self-worth and personal confidence. It can be frustrating and difficult if your external appearance doesn’t necessarily match who you feel you are on the inside. When I help patients overcome that frustration, they are no longer focused on imperfections.”
Dr. Robinson learned the impact of that type of frustration early in his life. He watched his mother, who was diagnosed with MS when Dr. Robinson was barely in preschool, struggle to overcome the limitations of her body. She remained upbeat and determined, despite the difficulty of raising her three children while the disease ravaged her system. Later, when Dr. Robinson reached his teen years, his father suffered a neck injury that would render him disabled. As the oldest child, Dr. Robinson became the caretaker – helping out with younger siblings, running errands, and taking his parents to all their medical appointments. “Yes, I guess I was the Uber of ’74,” he quips. “I shuttled them back and forth, so I was regularly on the patient-side of things when I was growing up… the worry, the confusion, keeping up with medications, I understand all of that very well.”
With both parents at limited capacity, financial strains in the home tightened severely. Dr. Robinson stepped in as much as possible to assist with bills and expenses. “For a while, neither one of my parents could work. It was tough, particularly at that age, “he recalls. “I got a job after school as the janitor… basically, I’d go to school all day, and then start cleaning up after my friends. Not fun, but it had to be done.” Even with that pressure, he achieved an academic level that qualified him for scholarship funding at The University of Arizona.
Off at school, Dr. Robinson continued to work and save in order to send money home. “Once, when I took the Greyhound bus home for Thanksgiving break, and my mom met me at the station,” remembers Dr. Robinson, “then went by the grocery store to do some shopping. As she checked out, I noticed her trying to hide from me that she was using food stamps.” His extracurricular jobs provided valuable experience that leave an indelible impressions for his future approach as a physician. “I’ve been an orderly cleaning bedpans and administering enemas; I’ve been an ER clerk typing forms and balancing triage,” avows Dr. Robinson. “Everyone on staff deserves to be treated with the utmost respect. It’s a team effort. The people around you contribute to your success.”
The work ethic instilled in him was too strong for anything to set him back. “Both of my parents stayed positive. Seriously, my dad should be a motivational speaker,” Dr. Robinson asserts. “Education’s a big focus for our family and I took that seriously. I still do for my kids.” Academic excellence in college led to medical school and opportunities from there consistently propelled him forward on his path. Every time an insurmountable hurdle would present itself, something would turn up to lift him over the roadblock and set him back in motion. From the sudden donation of the car he needed to complete his clinical rotations in med school to a last-minute change presenting an incredible residency opportunity to the perfect match for his fellowship linking him with a physician who’d become a lifelong friend and mentor, Dr. Robinson credits faith. “I see God’s hand in all of it. All of it. No doubt.”
In 1995, Dr. Robinson was scouted by huge Atlanta ENT practice of over 40 surgeons and moved here to join their team as their facial plastic surgeon. The medical group continued to grow, perhaps too quickly, and eventually folded in 2001. That’s when he decided to branch out on his own into private practice. “I took a gamble but I knew it was right for me. From the day I established this practice, I’ve wanted the primary focus to be client relationships and a family-friendly atmosphere for my team. In fact, I consider the staff to be a family. Family means more than anything else. When my kids were growing up, I’d coordinate their calendars with mine and managed to only miss five of their events in all those years. In my eyes, my children are definitely my greatest pride over any award I’ve ever won.”
That perspective balances every part of the business. Dr. Robinson’s steadfast resolution to uphold a beneficial quality of life translates into low staff turnover and staunch loyalty from employees and patients alike. He sees everyone as an integral part of the overall system and values his opportunity to serve others as part of his career. “I’m an empathetic person,” he admits, “and [in medicine] if you’re not compassionate, what are you doing in this profession? These are big changes in their life and I do get choked up when patients are overwhelmed by their results. It’s the ultimate satisfaction to give that kind of joy to someone’s life. You know, a few years after this practice had become successful, my mother, who I lost last year, sent me a prayer. I keep it on my desk at the office. Part of it says ‘Oh, Thou kind and gracious Father, grant me an ever grateful heart…Teach me, O God, to be rich in good works, always ready to come to the aid of my brethren, ever willing to communicate according to my ability…’ and as I read the verse each day, I feel centered in this purpose.”
Dr. Robinson earned his medical degree with honors at the University of Arizona and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota, where he studied head and neck surgery. During this time, he also obtained a master’s degree studying wound healing of the face, and his efforts were specifically recognized by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as some of the best work done to date in the field.
To further his education and training, Dr. Robinson was accepted for a fellowship through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The AAFPRS fellowship is particularly noted among physicians as one of the most competitive; Dr. Robinson was chosen from among 37 applicants to fill one of only 27 positions available. During his year-long fellowship, Dr. Robinson underwent intensive one-on-one training with Dr. Devinder S. Mangat, one of the world’s foremost facial plastic surgeons. Unlike other plastic surgery fellowships that require the study on the entire body, the AAFPRS fellowship allowed Dr. Robinson to focus solely on facial plastic surgery for the entire year.
POST GRADUATE EDUCATION
FACIAL PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
7/91 – 6/92 Devinder S. Mangat, M.D., F.A.C.S. – Fellowship Director
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
OTOLARYNGOLOGY – HEAD & NECK SURGERY (RESIDENCY)
7/87 – 6/91 George L. Adams, M.D., F.A.C.S. – Chairman
University of Minnesota Medical Center
OTOLARYNGOLOGY – HEAD & NECK SURGERY
7/86 – 4/10/87 Stanley W. Coulthard, M.D., F.A.C.S. – Chairman
University of Arizona Health Center
GENERAL SURGERY INTERNSHIP
7/85 – 6/86 Charles Putnam, M.D., F.A.C.S. – Chairman
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
7/85 – 6/86 Masters Degree in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Thesis submitted/approved April 1991; Oral defense completed May 1991
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
6/81 – 5/85
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
8/77 – 5/81 Bachelor of Science, Biology, Cum Laude
- National Trainer for Galderma Aesthetics for 10 years
- Elected to Oral Examination Review Committee (one of only 5 members), 10/2003 – 10/2006
- American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Oral Board Examiner, 10/2003 – present
- Co-Chairman, Annual Spring Meeting, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Orlando, FL. 5/12/00 – 5/15/00
- Dubois Memorial Scholastic Scholarship
- Amico Club Scholastic Scholarship
- Bluestein Earl Scholastic Scholarship
- Varner William Scholastic Scholarship
- Maryvale Samaritan Hospital Scholarship
- Board of Regents Tuition Scholarship
- Amico Club Scholastic Scholarship
- Alpha Lambda Delta Scholastic Honorary
- Rawson-McRae Memorial Award – Voted Outstanding Sophomore Man on Campus 1978-79 by Dean of Students
- Inducted by campus college Deans and Alumni Association into Bobcats, the Senior Men’s Honorary, representing the top 13 men on campus. I held office of vice-president and was responsible for the University’s homecoming events that year.
- Who’s Who on American College Campuses, 1980-81
- Georgia Medical License #039921 – active, granted April 1995
- Ohio Medical License #35061667 – active, granted July 1991
- Kentucky Medical License #28175 – active, granted July 1991
- Minnesota Medical License #16676 – active, granted September 1987
- Arizona Medical License #31346 – active, granted January 1987
- Diplomat American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, April 1992
- Diplomat American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, June 1994
- National Board of Medical Examiners #312789, April 1986
- Basic Cardiac Life Support (Renewed), February 2001
- Robinson B.P., Hollinger J., Szachowicz E.H., Brekke J.: Calvarial Bone Repair with Porous D, L-Polylactide. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 1995, 112(6): 707-713.
- Mangat D.S., Robinson B.P.: Adjunctive Treatment of Deep-Pitted Acne Scars.
Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics. 1994; 2(1): 69-75.
- Robinson B.P., Mangat D.S.: Complications of Otoplasty. In Eisele, D.:
Complications in Head and Neck Surgery. Copyright 1993, Mosby-Yearbook Inc., Part VI, Chapter 72, pp 666-673.
- Robinson B.P., Hilger P.A.: Hereditary Agensis of Nasal Cartilage – Surgical Implications.
Archives of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 1989; 115(8): 985-988.
- Robinson B.P., Marentette L., Hilger P.A.: An Algorithmic Approach to Zygoma Factures. Results evaluated in 110 Cases. Archives of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Submitted.
- Robinson B.P., Seeger J.F., Zak S.M.: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Positional Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency.
Journal of Neurosurgery. 1986 Jul;6(1):11-1.
- Robinson B.P., Yates A.: Angel Dust: Medical and Psychiatric Aspects of Phencyclidine Intoxication.
Arizona Medicine. 1984 Dec;41(12):808-11.
Over the course of Dr. Robinson’s academic and professional career, he has performed extensive medical research. Of particular note was his research from 1988 to 1989, when Dr. Robinson performed research as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Research Fellow. He served as the primary investigator in evaluating the optimum microscopic pore size in relation to conduction of new bone formation through a polymerized lactic acid matrix. The eventual goal was its application in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the facial skeleton. The study was based upon his Master’s thesis, and the data evaluated by Dr. Robinson at the Bone Physiology Lab of Walter Reed’s Research Campus in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with Jeffrey Hollinger, D.D.S., Ph. D.
Burke Robinson, M.D.’s extensive study of the functions of the delicate structures of the face and neck informs his work as a facial plastic surgeon. As one of the few plastic surgeons in the Alpharetta area certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), Dr. Robinson is uniquely qualified to operate on patients seeking to improve their facial appearance. In fact, Dr. Robinson is one of only five plastic surgeons in the country composing the Oral Examination Review Committee for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Robinson has been asked repeatedly since 2003 to serve as an examiner in Washington, D.C. for the annual American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) examination. This group of examiners is comprised of approximately 30 of the most highly respected surgeons in the country, and Dr. Robinson is proud to serve alongside them.
Dr. Robinson has been nationally recognized as an expert facial plastic surgeon by peers and patients alike. He has lectured at medical conferences around the world and is regularly invited to speak on the subject of facial surgery to residents studying medicine. Additionally, he serves as a National Trainer for Galderma Aesthetics on Sculptra®, educating fellow physicians on the benefits and correct, safe application of the injectable filler. Recently, Dr. Robinson was chosen from among hundreds of plastic surgeons across the country to chair a meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
- Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, 7/92 – Present
- Fellow, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery , 10/93 – Present
- Member, AAFPRS Publications Committee, 10/93 – 10/96
- Member, AAFPRS Legislative Affairs Committee, 10/93 – 10/96
- Member, AAFPRS Graduate Fellows Committee, 10/93 – 10/96
Dr. Robinson continues his cutting-edge approach with his practice while keeping patient safety and education top of mind. He is an active medical staff member of Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center, Northside Hospital Outpatient Meridian Mark Center and other local hospitals. Dr. Robinson performs all his surgeries at fully-accredited facilities — scheduling at either Northside Alpharetta Surgery Center or Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center.
Burke Robinson, MD, FACS
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr. Burke Robinson is an award-winning Top Doctor with over 29 years of experience dedicated to only facial cosmetic surgery.
He has devoted his life to helping others transform their dream look into a beautiful reality while maintaining natural-looking results.
Your beauty, enhanced. Widely known for his genuine compassion and deep commitment to providing the utmost in surgical care, safety and results,
Dr. Robinson has become one of the most trusted cosmetic surgeons in the Atlanta area.
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