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Dr. Robert Drapkin, MD, FACP

Medical Director, Institute of Vitality

“It's entirely possible to get into the best shape of your life; in fact, it might be easier than you expect.”

Some people believe life truly begins when you’re healthy and physically fit. Getting into shape—really fit—can be quite the challenge. I see many facing the task of building muscles that may have weakened over time. Due to the natural aging process, skin and tendons lose some elasticity, and knees and other joints aren’t what they used to be. But, I’m here to tell you, all of that can be turned around.

It’s entirely possible to get into the best shape of your life; in fact, it might be easier than you expect. That’s if you follow a proven roadmap and guide. I’ve been there, done that, and I am living proof of it.

I am a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Palliative Care. Now in my 36th year of active practice, I am dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of life for others.

Certifications and Licensure

Licensed to practice in Florida
Florida License #ME0034925
Diplomate of Internal Medicine, June, 1975
Diplomate of Medical Oncology, June, 1979
Fellow of the American College of Physicians, April, 1981
Full Member, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 1995
Member, Solid Tumor Panel, 1997

Hospital and Academic Appointments

Medical Director, Stem Cell Program
Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL (1992–1997)
Resident, Internal Medicine
University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL (1971–1975)
Chief Resident and Instructor Internal Medicine
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (1974–1975)
Medical Oncology/Hematology Fellowship
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (1975–1978)
National Leukemia Association Fellow
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (July, 1976–June, 1978)
Attending Physician, Clinician I, Department of Medicine A
Roswell Park Memorial Institute, New York, NY (June, 1978–1979)
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
University of South Florida School of Medicine, Tampa, FL (September, 1980–2000)
Affiliate Physician
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL (2000–present)

Private Practice

Medical Director, Institute of Vitality
Tampa, Florida, 2016-present

Collin Dees

Physician Assistant, Institute of Vitality

“I believe my purpose is to use my gifts to help every patient become the best version of themself”

I’m deeply committed to diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of conditions. My journey in healthcare is driven by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a passion for making a real difference in my patients’ lives.

Upon graduating and excelling in the workforce, I discovered my true calling in preventative, lifestyle-focused medicine. This realization propelled me toward further education in Functional Medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy—fields where I’ve found my stride.

At the core of my practice is a strong belief in the power of nutrition and exercise. I don’t just advise my patients on these principles; I live by them. It’s this authenticity and dedication that shape my approach to patient care, making every treatment plan I develop deeply personal and highly effective.

His profile

Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies
Graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Accelerated Program at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
2 years of experience as a Surgical Physician Assistant in a Hospital Setting
NCAA Division II Wrestler for Seton Hill University
Awarded the PSAC Scholar Athlete Award in 2015