Robert Cronin

Robert Cronin, MD

  • Internal Medicine
  • Physician

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About Me

In my career, I get to combine three passions of my life, that of taking care of people’s health as a doctor, teaching as a mentor and educator, and advancing the science of medicine as a researcher. I’m a general internal medicine and pediatric doctor, meaning I take care of people from shortly after their birth until the end of their life. I also specialize in delivering primary care to individuals with sickle cell disease, a genetic disease that affects hemoglobin levels in the blood and causes many health problems. In this population of patients, I tend to focus on the transition period from adolescence into adulthood as well as providing primary care to adults with sickle cell disease.

I love building partnerships with patients—and their families—to help them live long, happy lives. I find that it’s important to educate both you and your family about your health condition and provide recommendations to maintain or improve your health. While I’m armed with medical knowledge, only with your experiences, values and goals can we develop the best treatment plan for your health. We work as a team to care for you.

As a physician, I’ve always been interested in how we can leverage computers and information technology (IT) in medicine. I received an undergraduate degree in computer science and continued pursuing this passion after residency through a National Library of Medicine fellowship in biomedical informatics, from which I received a master’s degree. I’m most interested in bioinformatics topics such as how to use IT to improve patient engagement and empowerment, including using apps or patient portals, as well as how to use electronic health record (EHR) data to improve our understanding of diseases.

Apart from clinical activities, I’m an NIH-funded principal investigator on multiple research studies, have published peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented at numerous local and national conferences, and written book chapters. My research interests include clinical informatics, sickle cell disease, phenotyping and personal health informatics. I also have methodological expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, community-engaged research, and clinical trials. In addition, I have an interest in the design and evaluation of electronic surveys, empowering individuals with health care, health care information technology disparities, and transitional care of adolescents and young adults with chronic diseases from pediatric to adult-centered care. To this end, I helped develop the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, which is working to develop one of the most diverse health databases in history, and designed the surveys the program gave to participants.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy traveling, strumming on the guitar, playing video games and, of course, spending time with my family.
Highlights
  • Primary investigator (PI) of NIH-funded grants
  • Published more than 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including on the topic of informatics in medicine
  • Accepted into American Society of Hematology (ASH) Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI), a unique, yearlong education and mentoring program for hematology fellows and junior faculty at academic medical centers. The goal of the program is to produce leaders armed with ideas for clinical hematology research and the tools and resources to make their ideas a reality.
  • Finalist in paper competition at our annual informatics meeting
  • Board certified in clinical informatics (ABPM)

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Musculoskeletal Abnormalities
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Holistic Health
  • Acute Disease
  • Acute Pain
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell
  • Primary Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Chronic Disease
  • Infection

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
MD
8/17/2005 - 6/14/2009

Internship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010

Residency

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

7/1/2010 - 9/24/2013

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics
10/24/2013

American Board of Internal Medicine
8/8/2014

Academic Information

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Cronin has reported no relationships with companies or entities.