Directors of the Roberts Foundation

William Clifford Roberts, MD


William 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.

Dr. Roberts 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.

William Clifford Roberts, Jr., MBA


Clifford Roberts  was born in Boston, Massachusetts , in 1958, while his father was doing his medical residency. In 1981, Cliff graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Southern History. Two years later he received an M.B.A. from Emory University.  Cliff spent the next 15 years working  in transportation management, working for Roadway Express and Transport South, Inc.,  before becoming president & co-founder of  Georgia Tank Lines. 

In 2001, Cliff changed vocations , becoming a middle school teacher at River Trail Middle School in Johns Creek, Georgia. He spent 15 years as a social studies teacher working mostly with talented and gifted students. In 2011-2012 he was selected as Teacher of the Year by his teaching colleagues.

Cliff is an active member of several historical and preservation associations. He is currently the President of the General Barton & Stovall History/Heritage Association. Cliff is the author of  The Cansler Family in America (Gateway Press, 2001) and the co-author of Atlanta's Fighting 42nd: Joseph Johnston's "Old Guard" (Mercer University Press, 2020).

Since 1987, Cliff has been married to Vicki Lee Martin Roberts, who is currently a Senior Account Executive with Pricefx. They are the parents of two adult children. Cliff & Vicki live in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charles Stewart Roberts, MD


Charles Roberts  was born in Washington, D.C., in 1960, and educated at Vanderbilt (B.A., 1982) and Emory (M.D., 1986) universities. He completed his surgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, which was followed by a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He then spent one year (1996-7) at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

In 1997 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of North Carolina, where his practice consisted of pediatric and adult cardiac surgery. In 2001 he joined Winchester Surgical Clinic at Winchester, Virginia. He was Chair of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Winchester Medical Center from 2004 to 2010. 

In 2014, he took a position at Trident Medical Center (HCA) in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was also appointed Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2017. His practice in Virginia and South Carolina was both cardiac and vascular surgery, with minimal general thoracic surgery.  

In 2018 he was appointed Chief of Cardiovascular Services and Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where his focus has been coronary artery disease and aortic conditions.  

 Charles is the author of 4 books and some 80 medical publications, most of which concern cardiovascular disease.  He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American Osler Society at which annual meetings he has presented medical history papers. He is also a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.  

Dr. Roberts is married to Lydia Warren Roberts and has 4 children, 2 daughters and 2 sons, who live in Dallas, New York, and Charleston. He has a love of books with an interest in Southern and British history and literature.