Dr. Robinson and his wife, Katie, live in Atlanta with their four children. Jim's family always knew he was committed to patients and their speedy recoveries, but when Jim suffered his own traumatic spinal injury, they experienced what his patients’ families felt. A herniated disc required an emergency discectomy over a weekend, a worrying experience. But Dr. Robinson returned to a 12-hour day of surgeries the following Monday – less than 48 hours after his own MIS back surgery.

This helped him realize a personal mission: to position himself to help as many people as possible, and to push the envelope in spine surgery technology. A couple years later, he helped found Medical Radiation Centers, a social entrepreneurship company designed to address the need for Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and Cancer Centers in underserved countries. Jim also visits developing countries to provide surgeries not available to the populations there, and is a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, and is on the Board of Directors of HOI, Inc, a non-profit active in Central America.