Mover & Shaker of the Month: Dr. Robert H. Potter, MD

Dr. Potter

Dr. Potter

By: Paula Green

Dr. Robert Potter of McCandless Township is a physician who enjoys treating and helping his patients.  His passion for medicine was instilled in him as child as he observed his father who was a family physician.  “I learned from my dad, it amazed me how well he knew his patients, and I have gotten to be the same way,” Dr. Potter said.

Dr. Potter practices with Genesis Medical Associates, Inc., where he specializes in family medicine.  As he notes, “I have treated some of my patients for 25 to 30 years, and it is rewarding to be able to help these people.”

Another thing that Dr. Potter finds to be gratifying is the annual mission trip he takes to Honduras.  He journeys to this impoverished region of Central American with approximately 20 volunteers.  “One of my employees was actively going to Honduras with her church First Presbyterian of Bakerstown and I asked if I could be of assistance and go along, that was nine years ago,” Dr. Potter commented.

The mission team visits the same town of Honduras every year.  They provide medical treatment, along with optometry care and dental care from Dr. Fred Gropp and his wife.  The group also helps with physical therapy.  Dr. Potter’s wife Cindy is a physical therapist and she accompanies him on this trip, as well as their youngest son Randy, 24.  Besides the medical assistance, the team also provides the Honduran residents with water filters, school uniforms and food for their needy families. “Leaving Honduras is bittersweet.  These people are so appreciative.  They start lining up at 3:00 in the morning to see us,” Dr. Potter added.

Along with his mission work and medical practice, Dr. Potter also serves as a physician for North Allegheny and North Hills School Districts.  He is a clinical instructor at Duquesne University and Saint Francis University.  He is an associate clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Potter is a certified medical director for Kane Ross Regional Center and Celtic Hospice and he is also a medical consultant with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In addition to their son Randy, the Potters have two other children – Julie, 32 and Brandon, 30.  Dr. Potter plans to continue his mission work and his treatment of his many patients at Genesis.  As he states, “Even though there is so much training and commitment involved in being a physician, it is well worth it, because you do so many positive things and make people feel better.”