Dr. Roberts grew up as the son of an Air Force pilot and a schoolteacher, and moved fifteen times during the first 12 years of his life. His family is from Knoxville, Tennessee, although he never lived there until college. His High School years were spent in northern Virginia just south of Washington, DC. He was class president, played football and wrestled.
He served as a Congressional Intern, was a guitar teacher and student, and worked summers installing central air conditioning systems while in college and medical school.
He attended the University of Tennessee for undergraduate schooling, and was the third generation to be a Volunteer. While there he completed the College Scholars Program and did research in Biochemistry.
He moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami School of Medicine in the 80’s and then moved to Texas where he completed his General Surgery training at Baylor in Houston and Baylor in Dallas.
"I am frequently asked why I chose my profession,” states Dr. Roberts. “ Actually, it chose me. I selected Colon and Rectal Surgery as a specialty because of my professors at Dallas. I was inspired by their devotion, compassion, and technical skills.” Care of patients extends from the very young to the elderly, and involves acute and chronic disease processes, care of patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, care of patients with colon and rectal cancer, and patients with ano-rectal or proctologic problems. “You have to be able to talk about things nobody likes to talk about. Compassion is a prerequisite to the profession. You also have to be an excellent general surgeon before you can be an excellent Colon and Rectal Surgeon."
He is Board certified and re-certified in both General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery, hence all the letters after his name. His surgical training took place when laparoscopic procedures where being introduced for surgical disease in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was the best of both worlds – he had extensive training with open procedures, then, during the middle of his training, began laparoscopic procedures. By the time he was a chief resident and fellow, he was teaching laparoscopic technique. These skills came with him when he moved to south Florida in 1995. He has been performing advanced laparoscopic and handoscopic procedures ever since.
He is the father of two beautiful daughters. His special interests include tennis, fishing, watercolor, and classical guitar. His wife and he have been together since 2000, and she too is in the medical profession.