"At the center of medicine there is always a human relationship between a patient and a doctor."
Chair - Credentialing Coordinating Committee
Dr. Robbie Sherman graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1981, completed her residency in Family Medicine at Swedish Hospital in Seattle in 1984 and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She practiced family medicine in Seattle for over 30 years. She is passionate about the therapeutic nature of the physician patient relationship for both the patient and the physician. Long known for her compassionate communications with patients she began studying how to teach and coach those skills in 2007 with multiple courses in physician coaching and support, communicating well with patients and leading Balint groups. In 2015 she retired from her continuity practice and worked full time in Patient Experience and Physician Development at The Polyclinic, a multispecialty group in Seattle, as well as serving as their internal locums in Primary Care. In 2019 she retired from the Polyclinic but continues her professional engagement by teaching and coaching healthcare providers.
She has taught communications skills for The Polyclinic in Seattle, WA and CHI Franciscan in Tacoma, WA. She has also been a speaker on communications and Peer Support at several hospitals in Washington State. She completed the faculty training for the Academy on Communication in Healthcare, is a Credentialed leader and Supervisor for the American Balint Society, and volunteers as Peer Support for health care providers who are experiencing adverse events.
She lives in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle with her husband of 43 years, Charlie, and their Havanese dog, Pico. She enjoys playing piano and viola, singing in her church choir, Kettlebell training, knitting, and baseball.