Robert Slater, MD, MPH
[course/subject] Integrative GI
Rob Slater is a family and integrative medicine physician who earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr. Slater completed his residency training in family medicine at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Houston, Texas. He then completed a fellowship in Integrative and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Slater was involved in homeless ministry in Austin and developed a passion for working with the underserved. In medical school, Dr. Slater provided medical care in bateyes along the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He spent his clinical rotations working in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV). While there, he designed a study into nutrition barriers for a population with a high prevalence of diabetes and food insecurity. During his final year of medical school, Dr. Slater worked with the President’s Malaria Initiative – a branch of the CDC’s Center for Global Health – to assess malaria interventions in Ghana.
During his medical residency training, Dr. Slater spent a month working with the Indian Health Service at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, and another month with the Houston Health Department in epidemiology, behavioral surveillance, and emergency preparedness. A few months later, he studied the effect of almond consumption prior to glucose consumption, with implications for dietary interventions for glucose intolerant patients.
Dr. Slater is currently teaching family medicine, integrative medicine, and clinical nutrition to medical students, residents, and fellows at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
In his spare time, Rob works for an independent record label in Austin, and enjoys graphic and web design, hiking through beautiful landscapes, and attending concerts.