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William P. Robinson, MD

Department: Surgery Division: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Title: Associate Professor ABMS Certification: Surgery; General Vascular Surgery

Contact Information

Primary Location:
Heart and Vascular Center
Second Floor 1215 Lee St. Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.243.9250 | Fax: 434.244.9430 Other Locations:
Primary and Specialty Care Zion Crossroads


Dr. Robinson is the associate professor of Surgery, Interim Chief in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at University of Virginia School of Medicine and the program director of the Vascular Fellowship. His clinical practice involves the full range of open vascular and endovascular surgery with a strong emphasis on endovascular therapy, as well as complex lower extremity bypass for peripheral artery disease (PAD), limb preservation, aortic aneurysm disease, cerebrovascular disease, hemodialysis access and spine exposure.

The outcomes and effectiveness of vascular interventions are Dr. Robinson’s primary research focus, with a particular interest in the use of risk prediction in the assessment of outcomes. This led to his development of accurate risk prediction models for mortality after ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. In addition, Dr. Robinson performed and published the largest comparisons of both the short-term and long-term outcomes after endovascular vs. open repair of ruptured AAA, which utilized validated risk adjustment from clinical data. His work has also involved the outcomes of surgical interventions for PAD, and his present work is increasingly focused on patients with critical limb ischemia. He has been site principal investigator for a number of device trials for aortic aneurysm disease and lower extremity PAD. He has held leadership positions at both the regional and national level in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI), the largest collaborative of regional quality groups and the largest patient safety organization within vascular surgery in the United States. He is currently the Medical Director of the Virginias Vascular Study Group, one of the regional quality groups that comprise the VQI. Dr. Robinson is also a member of the Peripheral Vascular Intervention Committee as well as the Research Advisory Committee of the VQI. He has served on the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Quality and the Performance Measures Committee for the past three years and serves on the SVS Postgraduate Education Committee. 

Before joining UVA in September 2015, Dr. Robinson was faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA. There, he served as Director of the Limb Preservation Center within the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence and led the integration of multidisciplinary clinical services provided by the Limb Preservation Center in both the outpatient and inpatient settings as well as educational components of the Limb Preservation Center. He also served as the division leader of the “Code Rupture” Program in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. This program established a protocol-driven pathway for the treatment of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) in New England.

Dr. Robinson’s other educational and research interests include the development of vascular simulation curricula, models, and assessment tools, and the investigation of the impact of simulation training on vascular skill acquisition. While at UMass, he founded and was Director of the UMass Vascular Skills and Simulation Course (UVASC), a comprehensive open and endovascular simulation course attended by vascular trainees from across the U.S. He has also served as faculty and has chaired a variety of national simulation programs for surgical students and trainees. 

Learn more about Dr. William Robinson (video).