Dr. Robert Gillespie, born and raised in Gary Indiana, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago and completed his fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography. He is director of the Nuclear Imaging Department at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. He has been with the group for 22 years.
Dr. Gillespie has lectured frequently to his colleagues both on a local and national level on a variety of topics including congestive heart failure and multiple topics related to cardiac imaging. He is a member of several professional societies including the American College of Cardiology, National Medical Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and he is Chairman of the Board for the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). He is past co-chair of the heart failure and acute coronary syndrome committees at Sharp Memorial Hospital, as well as a number of other of other hospital committees.
Dr. Gillespie remains very active in clinical research. His primary research interests have been related to imaging the heart with echocardiography, nuclear and CT. He has published in a number of journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, and Heart. He previously co-authored a statement regarding cost effectiveness of stress myocardial imaging for the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He has been primary investigator or co- investigator on a number of clinical trials particularly in the area of congestive heart failure that have been published in Circulation, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology and others. His most recent publication, on behalf of the ABC was co-first author on July 29, 2014, addressing the 2014 hypertension guidelines. He was a co-author on a chapter in the book titled “Cardiovascular Disease in Racial and Ethnic Minorities” published in September 2009. He has been on the Best Doctors list since 2007.
Dr. Gillespie remains active in his community. He frequently provides educational programs for local organizations and churches on topics ranging from patient empowerment to hypertension. His most recent emphasis has been to train members in the community on cardiovascular disease so that they can be empowered to share their knowledge with others to decrease the devastating risk factors that plague the African American community. He was recently awarded a Community Pillar Award by Sharp Healthcare for a project that trained 45 members in the community to be heath advocates. He was also recently honored by the American Heart Association receiving the Lifesavers distinction for his work in the San Diego community focusing on reducing cardiovascular diseases.
He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and is president of his local chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
He is married to Lisa Gillespie and has two children, Jayden age 16 and Morgan age 15.