Title: Thoracic Surgeon, Author
Location: Ormond Beach, Florida, United States
Robert Samuel Cromartie III, MD, FACS, Thoracic Surgeon and Author, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in thoracic surgery.
Dr. Cromartie’s interest for a career in medicine sparked after reading, “Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician” when he was 16 years old. Now certified by the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Laser Surgery, he is renowned for placing the first AV sequential pacemaker and the first automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in Volusia County, Florida. Dr. Comartie commenced his professional career in 1978 as an assistant professor of cardiac and general thoracic surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Between 1980 and 2006, he served as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon with the Tampa General Hospital, Columbia Medical Center in Daytona Beach and Memorial Hospital of Ormond Beach. Additionally, he served Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach as chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery from 1984 to 2006 and Columbia Medical Center as chief of surgery from 1996 to 1997.
Dr. Cromartie received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1962 and achieved a Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1965. Continuing his medical requirements, he completed an internship in surgery in 1970 and a residency in general surgery in 1974, both at the University of Miami. He went on to complete a second residency in general surgery at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1976 and a residency in thoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1978. Additionally, Dr. Cromartie served as a captain with the U.S. Medical Corps, practicing anesthesia and general medicine in Long Binh, Quang Tri and Chu Lai, Vietnam from 1970 to 1972, which he calls the highlight of his career.
Outside of his medical career, Dr. Cromartie is a prolific writer and has received myriad accolades for his work. He is the author of “The Weather Girl’s Assassin,” “Romanov Curse,” “Romanov Quest,” “Himmler’s Mistress,” “Ultimate Duty,” “Good Fortune’s Curse,” “An Innocent Lie,” “Family Survival Guide” and “Creating a Kindle Ebook on the Mac.” For these works, Dr. Cromartie has taken home awards from Woods Hole Film Festival Screenplay Competition, Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition, Florida First Coast Writers Festival and CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition. Additionally, he is a contributor of articles to medical journals and is a co-author of the 2009 medical textbook, “High-tech Terror: Recognition, Management, and Prevention of Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear Injuries Secondary to Acts of Terrorism.”
To remain abreast and aware of advancements in his industry, Dr. Cromartie holds membership with the American College of Chest Physicians, International College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, James D. Rives Surgical Society, American Heart Association and Society of Critical Care Medicine. In addition, he is chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Volusia County Medical Society and a member of the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia. Prior, he served as a delegate for the Florida Medical Association from 1992 to 1994 and was president of the Coastal Cardiovascular and Thoracic Society in 2006. Looking back on his career, Dr. Cromartie thanks Dr. Jack Arrants for his influence and he advises aspiring surgeons to be prepared to make sacrifices in return for a remarkable career. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Cromartie is also listed in the 52nd through 60th editions of Who’s Who in America, the sixth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and the 17th and 22nd editions of Who’s Who in the World.
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