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Husband and wife team, Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, MD and Dr. Karla L. Robinson, MD have taken an unprecedented multidimensional approach to tackling health disparities and improving health literacy within the urban community. Recognizing the need to empower the community to become more active participants in their healthcare, Drs. Robinson established Urban Housecall Health Media Group, a comprehensive, multimedia health and wellness resource designed to meet the needs of the urban community.

Drs. Robinson serve as regular health contributors to local and nationally televised talk shows such as TV One’s “News One Now”, JET magazine, various blogs and news outlets. Authors of the new release In Sickness and In Health, Drs. Robinson are often called upon as media consultants, medical writers, and expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases.

Dr. Karla Robinson has clinical experience as a board-certified family physician, while Dr. Robert Robinson is a board-certified internal medicine and hospitalist physician. Their combined inpatient and outpatient medicine experience give them the unique ability to service the community as experts on all the health issues that matter to the urban community the most.

Both natives of Chicago, and alums of Xavier University of Louisiana, Dr. Robert Robinson went on to complete medical school and Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while Dr. Karla Robinson completed medical school at Rush University Medical College and Family Medicine Residency Training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Together, their mission is to use unique multimedia efforts to engage, educate, and empower the urban community to obtain a healthy lifestyle. Through their ministry of health and wellness, Drs. Robinson are committed to improving the health of the community, even if it is one person at a time.

For more information or to contact Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob, please visit their website or find them via social media on Facebook: UrbanhousecallMagazine or on Twitter.

While most people think their physical appearance is important, many don’t realize just how important it may be for your health. Your outwards appearance can be one of the first signs of a medical condition.

Conditions like thyroid disease, diabetes and autoimmune disease can be signaled by by the appearance of the skin, hair, and nails. If you are experiencing any of these changes, don’t ignore it. Make sure you visit your healthcare provider to rule out any serious medical conditions.


  • Dark patches on the neck, armpits, and skin folds: Diabetes
  • Itchy skin: Liver disease, kidney disease, anemia
  • “Butterfly” rash-red rash across bridge of nose and cheeks: Lupus


  • Thinning hair: Thyroid disease
  • Hair loss: Autoimmune disease, lupus, iron deficiency, blood pressure medication
  • Excessive hair growth: Hormone disorder, ovarian tumors, insulin resistance


  • Clubbing –  enlarged fingertips, increased curvature and rounding of the nail at the nail plate: Lung disease, heart disease
  • Half and Half Nail- Dark band forms across the nail, bottom half of the nail turns a milky white color: Kidney disease


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