M.D., FACC, FASE, FASNC, Cardiologist, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Robert Gillespie

Dr. Robert Gillespie, born and raised in Gary Indiana, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago and completed his fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography. He is director of the Nuclear Imaging Department at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. He has been with the group for over 29 years. For a year he taught at University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor on a volunteer basis.

Dr. Gillespie has lectured frequently to his colleagues both on a local, and national level on a variety of topics including hypertension, health care disparities, Racism, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, hyperlipidemia and multiple topics related to cardiac imaging. He also recently lectured in Egypt for the Egyptian Society of Cardiology national meetings and in Paris for The International Society on Disease Prevention. He is a member of several professional societies including the American College of Cardiology, National Medical Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and he is a past Chairman of the Board for the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). He is past co-chair of the heart failure and acute coronary syndrome committees at Sharp Memorial Hospital, as well as a number of other of other hospital committees.

Dr. Gillespie remains very active in clinical research. His primary research interests have been related to imaging the heart with echocardiography, nuclear and CT. He has published in a number of journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, and Heart. He previously co-authored a statement regarding cost effectiveness of stress myocardial imaging for the American Society of NuclearCardiology. He has been primary investigator or co- investigator on a number of clinical trials particularly in the area of congestive heart failure that have been published in Circulation, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology and others. He was co-first author on an article published on July 29, 2014, addressing the 2014 hypertension guidelines. This article went on to be chosen as the most influential article on hypertension in JACC for 2014. He then co-authored another article in JACC in 2015. He was a co-author on a chapter in the book titled “Cardiovascular Disease in Racial and Ethnic Minorities” published in September 2009 and most recently co-authored a chapter on coronary calcium scoring in African American patients. He has appeared on the Best Doctors list both locally and nationally. He was recently featured on ACCEL, the prestigious podcast produced by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He has chaired sessions at both the national meetings for the ACC in 2015, 2016, and most recently in 2021. He has been featured on multiple media segments on San Diego news as well as other Sharp Healthcare segments for local media.

Dr. Gillespie remains active in his community. He was the medical director for The San Diego Black Nurses Association (SDBNA) a group that he feels plays a major role in improving the health care of San Diego African Americans. He is actively involved as the trusted messenger and Board member of the COVID-19 Equity Taskforce of San Diego County and educating his church as well as other churches and community organizations on this devastating disease. He along with his team recently met with the Biden transition to discuss implementation of similar proactive taskforces throughout the country. He most recent became the medical director for JIREH Providers whose focus is to educate, test and vaccinate high risk population in the ongoing battle against Covid. He frequently provides educational programs for local organizations and churches on topics ranging from patient empowerment to hypertension. He has trained members in the community on cardiovascular disease so that they can be empowered to share their knowledge with others to decrease the devastating risk
factors that plague the African American community. He was previously awarded a Community Pillar Award by Sharp Healthcare for a project that trained 45 members in the community to be heath advocates. He was also recently honored by the American Heart Association receiving the Lifesavers distinction for his work in the San Diego community focusing on reducing cardiovascular diseases in African American patients. His church honored him as a recipient of the “Pillar of Light” award for his community outreach. He received the San Diego Urban League Diversity and Equity Award in December 2017. In 2018, he received the
Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Award for excellence and leadership in cardiology. He is cofounder of the Boulé Educational Initiative (BEI) which provides significant financial assistance to young black men entering college.

He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and is past president for his local
chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

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