Four days before the shootings at Wilhelm Road, Dr. Robert Blackburn, a local physician and president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, was found dead in his Lake in the Woods home.His body was lying next to his wife's.
An investigation revealed it was a murder/suicide.
Blackburn savagely beat his wife before shooting her and himself in their master bedroom, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Blackburn, according to the sheriff's office, assaulted his wife in their home at 6492 Laurel Oak Drive.
Dr. Robert Blackburn is a native Floridian.
He attended Clermont High School, Lake Sumter Community College, and the University of Florida receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology with National Certification in Immunology, Hematology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry and Blood Banking.He received his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986.He is Board Certified in Family Practice with added qualifications in Geriatrics.
In 2001, Dr. Blackburn was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Florida Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee where he served as Chairman in 2004 and 2005.
From 2001 to 2003 he served, at Governor Bush's appointment, as a Physician Advisor for Workers' Compensation.
His Medical Directorships include providing Emergency Medical Services for Spring Hill Fire Rescue, Hernando County Fire Rescue, Brooksville Fire Department, High Point Volunteer Fire Department and Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
He is also the Medical Director for Corrections Corporation of America in Hernando County, Omni Home Healthcare Corporation and Hernando County Sheriff's Department.He founded Access Hernando which provided free healthcare to the needy.He is the current Chairman of the Hernando County Healthcare Advisory Board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.He is Past President of the Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Immediate Past President of the NSU-COM Alumni Association.He has received many awards including the 2005 ACOFP Physician of the Year, the 2005 Award of Distinction presented by the Army National Guard, the 2005 Community Quarterback Award for the Tampa Bay Area, the 2005 Employer of the Year by the Hernando County Business Professional Women, and the 2004 Florida Society ACOFP Humanitarian of the Year.
In 2004 he received the NSU-COM Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2007 he received his Fellow Award by the ACOFP in recognition for his outstanding service to his profession and community.
He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor for multiple medical universities.Dr. Blackburn is physician-owner of All American Medical Associates in Spring Hill, where he has been in private practice since 1991.Dr. Blackburn is married to his lovely wife, Sarah and together they have two children, Brittany and Zackary.
Robert G. Blackburn, DO, FACOFP Receives Fellow Award of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is honored to announce that on March 16, 2007, Robert G. Blackburn , DO, FACOFP of Spring Hill, Florida, received his Fellow Designation.His award was announced during the ACOFP's Annual Conclave of Fellows Award Banquet at the ACOFP 44th Annual Convention & Exhibition in Kissimmee, Florida.The honorary designation of Fellow is bestowed upon those candidates who have contributed outstanding national and local service through teaching, authorship, research, or professional leadership.They have also contributed outstanding service in their professional career and family practice duties in their community and civic activities.Dr. Blackburn received his B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Florida with an A.S.C.P. Certification in Immunology, Hematology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry and Blood Banking.He graduated in 1986 from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, in North Miami Beach, Florida.He is board-certified in Family Medicine, with a CAQ in Geriatrics.He is currently in private family practice with All American Medical Associates and FirstAmerican Family Medical Associates in Spring Hill, Florida. Dr. Blackburn is a Past President and current board member of the Florida Society of the ACOFP, and serves as First Vice President and District President of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA).He is the Chair of the ACOFP Membership Committee and a Trainer for the Center for Procedural Excellence.
But Access Hernando president Dr. Robert Blackburn said a few startup problems should be expected."I would be surprised if there weren't stumbling blocks," Blackburn said.By allowing the organization to be independent of the county, it would encourage county residents and businesses to also contribute, he said, adding, "So we won't be solely dependent on you. (the county board)."The organization works by asking doctors to volunteer their time to see uninsured patients who are at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level.The patients travel to the volunteer doctors' office like any other insured patients.Previously, the Hernando Doctors Clinic was the organization that provided health care to the poor.It also had volunteer doctors but saw patients only in its Brooksville offices.Critics of the system said Doctors Clinic officials had difficulty in getting volunteer doctors to travel to the clinic's offices.
Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
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