Florida Sports Hall of Fame member, David L. Roberts, M.D., now practicing in Lake City
By Katilin Grey
Olympic medalist expands services to Columbia County
Olympic bronze medalist and two-time world record holder David L. Roberts, M.D., has expanded the scope of his practice by offering clinic hours to the Columbia County community at The Orthopaedic Institute’s (TOI) Lake City office.
Dr. Roberts has joined TOI’s FAST ACCESS Clinic in Lake City. TOI has four locations throughout North Florida in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City and Alachua. Each location has a FAST ACCESS Clinic with physicians providing same or next-day appointments with no referral necessary, for the evaluation and treatment of common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. The mission of TOI’s FAST ACCESS Clinics is to meet the patient’s sense of urgency by providing access as quickly as possible. Dr. Roberts has joined the Columbia County FAST ACCESS team, which includes Edward J. Sambey, M.D., in Lake City, located at 146 SW Orthopaedic Court.
“Practicing primary care orthopaedics allows me to utilize my education and medical experience as well as my background as an athlete,” Roberts said. “I have trained intensely, and I understand first-hand the pain and heartbreak of a debilitating injury, as well as the long road to recovery.”
In 2012, Roberts joined the 13-member 2012 Florida Sports Hall of Fame class for his exceptional pole vaulting career. The Hall of Fame has 215 members; their memorabilia is displayed at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale.
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame was founded by the Florida Sports Writers Association and the Florida Sportscasters Association in 1961, and moved in 1977 to Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven. It closed in 1985 and was moved north toLake City from 1990 to 2002. After several successful years in Lake City, the Hall of Fame was moved to a more easily accessible area in Central Florida.
Roberts’s first world record was set in Gainesville on March 28, 1975, soaring over 18 feet 6.5 inches, and he added another world record on June 22, 1976 in Eugene, Ore., when he cleared 18 feet 8.25 inches. Roberts won U.S. national championships in 1972 and 1974, and was the Pan American Games silver medalist in 1971 at Cali, Colombia.
Roberts won bronze at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and was the first man to win three straight NCAA titles outright in the pole vault. In 2006, Roberts was inducted into the USA Pole Vault Hall of Fame.
After Roberts athletic career, he pursued a career as an emergency physician. Roberts graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he also completed his nephrology fellowship. Additionally, he received general surgery training at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.