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Our History

The idea for a neurological clinic began in 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia, at a dinner between Dr. Frank M. Davis and Dr. Bryan W. Robinson. At that time, Dr. Davis was in his final year of neurosurgical training at Tulane University in New Orleans, and Dr. Robinson was the Director of the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University in Atlanta.

Both physicians were interested in relocating to Tallahassee. Dr. Robinson was a native of the area, having been born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia, just thirty miles north of Tallahassee. Dr. Davis had been approached by friends in Tallahassee regarding the need for a neurosurgeon and neurologist, as there were neither in the North Florida or South Georgia areas.

After several meetings, Drs. Robinson and Davis agreed to come to Tallahassee and, subsequently, opened their practice of Neurology and Neurosurgery in July 1968. In March 1970, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic officially became a Florida Corporation.

TNC’s Contribution

Tallahassee Neurological Clinic made its first contribution to the hospital and the community in 1970. When the first CT scanner was developed by EMI, the founders of the Clinic, Drs. Robinson and Davis, formed the Tallahassee Neurological Foundation, which purchased a CT scanner for the Tallahassee area. The scanner was installed at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and was only the 15th scanner installed in the United States. Shortly after installation, ownership of the scanner was transferred to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Following the death of Dr. Robinson in 1979, the name of the Tallahassee Neurological Foundation was changed to the Bryan W. Robinson Neurological Foundation. In 1998, assets of the Foundation were transferred to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation. Subsequently, the Hospital Foundation established the Bryan W. Robinson Endowment for the Neurosciences, using the assets of the Robinson Foundation to create a perpetual endowment.

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