Robert C Salinas, MD, CAQ, (G, HPM)
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Biographical Sketch for Robert C. Salinas



Dr. Robert C. Salinas is Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and holds an appointment in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Salinas is board certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine.  Dr. Salinas is a graduate of the University of California Irvine and the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Salinas completed his residency training in family medicine at the University of Oklahoma where he served as chief resident before completing a fellowship in geriatric medicine.


Dr. Salinas is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine Faculty Development program and the Harvard Medical School Faculty Scholars Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice.  Dr. Salinas has also taken graduate level coursework at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and earned a certificate in Patient Safety from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Dr. Salinas has served as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Injury Prevention and Control focusing on the development of national ambulatory screening strategies for reducing falls and unintentional injuries in older Americans.  More recently, Dr. Salinas has been appointed as a member of the working group that is helping to write the new 2021 CDC guidelines prescribing opioids for chronic pain.


Dr. Salinas is also the Director of Community Medicine for the Department of Family is the founding Medical Director of the OU Medicine Program in Palliative Care and has been recognized for his contributions to medical education and has received numerous teaching awards.  He was the recipient of the inaugural Easters Seal Distinct Inspiration Award for advocating for community-based services for the disabled and was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism Award in Medicine and became an inductee of the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his efforts to promote better health care services for homebound older adults.