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Dr. Rhodes Named Nebraska Family Physician of the Year


Dr. Robert Rhodes was honored at the state capitol by Lt. Govenor Mike Foley with the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians' 2017 Nebraska Family Physician of the Year Award. This award is one of the highest honors presented by the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians. Each year, the academy honors an individual who serves their community with compassionate, comprehensive and caring medical service while being directly involved in activities that enhance the quality of life within their community.

Dr. Rhodes began his family medicine journey at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. After graduating in 1994, he then completed his residency at the Lincoln Family Practice Program and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After finishing his residency in 1997, he began practicing in Lincoln, Neb. He has been with The Physician Network for 20 years and provides excellent care to his patient at Southwest Family Health.

During his time in Lincoln, Dr. Rhodes has been heavily involved in the medical and greater community. He has served on more than fifteen boards, (medical, faith-based and financial) and was recently elected president for the Nebraska Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Rhodes is a volunteer physician for the University of Nebraska Athletic Department and the Lincoln Marathon as well as serving as the primary care team physician for the Lincoln Saltdogs. Dr. Rhodes also volunteers his time to be an instructor at the USD Sanford School of Medicine and UNMC.

Beyond this, Dr. Rhodes is involved with multiple professional organizations including the American College of Physician Executives, the American Medical Association, and the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians. Along with achieving many accolades through the years, he even earned his Family Medicine Degree of Fellow in 2002. His other notable accomplishments include NMA’s Young Physician of the Year Award in 2000, a Midland’s Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award winner in 2007, and one of 50 Heroes within 50 States recognized by Money Magazine in 2014.

Dr. Rhodes created Clinic with a Heart, a free health care clinic in Lincoln. After returning home from a medical mission trip to Mexico in 2002, Dr. Rhodes and volunteers from church asked themselves, “If we can provide free health care in Mexico, why wouldn’t we provide free health care in our own backyard?” Following this realization, Rhodes helped take this vision into immediate action. Since 2003, this non-profit organization has served patients free of charge and on a first-come/first-serve basis and he has continued to volunteer to help with this great cause.

For this award nomination, one of his patients described him as “not only a brilliant physician, but an extraordinarily personable and caring man.” Another nominator commended on his ability to “take his inspiration and courage and turn it into a movement of compassion and healing.” Lastly, someone wrote, “When he sees a need or sees someone struggling, he is compelled to help. His heart is huge!”

Dr. Rhodes is an instrumental member of the Nebraska medical community and The Physician Network. His commitment to the field is evident through his endeavors.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rhodes on his accomplishments!