An Easy Decision to Give Back

“Every day I see someone who was a patient, parent, or grandparent of a patient,” he said. “It’s a wonderful feeling.”

Since retiring from pediatrics in 2009, Dr. Mines hasn’t stopped giving back. His estate plan includes a legacy gift for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. “Children’s gives so much to the community,” he explained. “It’s an important decision, and an easy one, to give back.”

Dr. Mines’ foray into medicine began with Thomas Clayton, MD – the family physician who brought him into the world. Clayton invited Dr. Mines to go on house calls with him, and they soon became close friends.

“A child’s pain is not an adult’s pain cut down to size.” – Dr. Robert Mines


Inspired by Clayton, Dr. Mines went on to study at Meharry Medical College, one of the few medical schools then accepting African-American students. After graduating with honors, he moved to Detroit for an internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital, followed by a residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

In 1966, Dr. Mines was drafted and served as a pediatrician in the US Army Medical Corps. After completing his tour of duty, he joined North Oakland Pediatrics, a practice started by his medical school colleague, William Jenkins, MD. Together they were among a handful of African-American pediatricians serving the area. Years later, they added a second location
in Richmond.

For 40 years, Dr. Mines practiced at the same Market Street location, about a mile from our Oakland campus. He worked closely with the medical staff at Children’s and understands firsthand that when it comes to health care,
kids’ needs are unique.

“A child’s pain is not an adult’s pain cut down to size,” he said. “Young people require extra time, monitoring, specialized medication, and care by professionals who really understand kids. That’s what Children’s is all about.”