The Roberts Foundation Founded by William C. Roberts, MD

Our Mission

The Roberts Foundation was founded by William C. Roberts, MD in 2018. The  mission of the Foundation is to inspire scholarship and achievement.


William C. Roberts, MD

William C. Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 11, 1932. He graduated from Southern Methodist University and Emory University School of Medicine. He did his training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and his training in pathology at the National Institutes of Health. From July 1964 to March 1993, he was Chief of Pathology in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He has published >1,700 articles, authored or edited 31 books, and lectured in over 2,200 cities throughout the world. He has contributed information on many cardiovascular conditions.

During the past 44 years, Dr. Roberts has been program director for the Williamsburg Conference on Heart Disease held every December in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference was sponsored by the American College of Cardiology Foundation for 30 years. Since March 1993, he has been the executive director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is also the editor in chief of the Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings and Dean of the A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education at Baylor Scott & White Health. He has been the editor in chief of The American Journal of Cardiology since June 1982.

He has received many honors: The Helen B. Taussig Award from The Central Maryland Chapter of the American Heart Association in 1977; the 1978 Gifted Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology; the 1983 College Medalist Award of the American College of Chest Physicians; the 1984 Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the Council of Cardiology of the American Heart Association; the Emory Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Medical Achievement Award in 1984; the James F. Mitchell Foundation Award of the Nation's Capital Affiliate in 1986; the Eugene H. Drake Memorial Award from the American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate; the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society of Cardiovascular Pathology in 1994; an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines, in 1995; the Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern Methodist University in 1996; the designation of Master from The American College of Cardiology in 2004; and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Cardiology in 2016.

Our Initiatives

The Roberts Foundation grant-making process is currently by invitation only. Organizations must be invited the Board of Directors to submit a grant proposal. Qualified organizations interested in submitting a grant request to the Roberts Foundation must first submit a written inquiry to W. Clifford Roberts at .

In 2019, our first grant has been made to the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation.

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