Robert Vanderberry, M.D. -
...Dr. Bob Vanderberry
is a native North Carolinian who obtained his
undergraduate and medical school training at the University of North Carolina
then did his
postgraduate training in pediatrics in the US Navy
and remained on active duty for twenty years.He
was fortunate to be stationed in teaching hospitals and trained numerous young pediatricians.While in the Navy he
became interested in adolescent substance abuse and its effects on the family, and was very active with the military's drug and alcohol treatment programs.He
received the Navy Commendation on one occasion and the Navy Meritorious Medal twice.When he retired with the rank of Captain in 1987, he became Medical Director of the Charlotte Treatment Center, a chemical dependency treatment center.
In December 1988, he
was chosen as the first Medical Director of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), the state's impaired physicians program.Over the next ten years the NCPHP was able to help over 800 physicians and physician assistants, the majority of whom had drug and alcohol problems.Eighty-three percent are recovered and are still practicing medicine.He has served on the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and is currently on the Physician Leadership Council for Substance Abuse for the state.Dr. Vanderberry
is married to the former Rixie Marsh of Spencer, NC.They have four grown children and six grandchildren.Now fully retired, Dr. Vanderberry
has time to write and enjoy those grandchildren who range from ages 2 to 19.