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Robert Hawkes, MSPA, PA-C - Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL, US

Robert Hawkes, MSPA, PA-C Robert Hawkes, MSPA, PA-C

Expert in primary care medicine | Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL, UNITED STATES

Robert Hawkes focuses on emergency and out-patient medicine.

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Biography

Robert Hawkes is founding program director of the physician assistant program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Hawkes is a former paramedic, and he launched a paramedicine program in New England. He then became a licensed physician assistant and worked in emergency rooms. Hawkes' research lies in advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS), emergency medicine and preventative healthcare.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Primary Care Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Preventative Health

Geriatric Assessment

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

Out-patient Medicine

Pediatric Ambulatory Care

Education (3)

University of New England: M.S., Physician Assistant 2007

University of Southern Maine: B.S., Biology of Human Health 2000

University of Southern Maine: B.S., Business Administration 1989

Affiliations (3)

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants : Fellow
  • Florida American Academy of Physician Assistants : Member
  • Society for Emergency Medicine PAs : Member

Selected Media Appearances (58)

Local Departments of Health prepare for COVID-19 vaccine

NBC2  tv

2020-09-25

Robert Hawkes explains how vaccines are prepared.

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CDC changes testing and self-quarantine guidelines

NBC2  tv

2020-09-21

Robert Hawkes discusses the importance of social distancing and wearing a mask.

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Getting your flu shot this year is more important than ever, experts say

NBC2  tv

2020-09-10

Robert Hawkes discusses why it is important to get your flu shot.

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Contact tracing becomes more difficult as coronavirus cases increase

NBC2  tv

2020-07-06

Robert Hawkes discusses the effectiveness of contact tracing in Florida.

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Medical expert with FGCU gives new perspective, after Florida reaches over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day

Fox 4  tv

2020-07-02

Robert Hawkes discusses the increased positive test rate as well as the low death rate across the state, as Florida reaches record breaking numbers.

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Does sunshine really kill coronavirus?

NBC2  tv

2020-07-01

Robert Hawkes discusses research concerning sunshine and its impact on COVID-19.

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Employee tests positive for Coronavirus at Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Pool possibly exposing 6 kids

Fox 4  tv

2020-07-01

Robert Hawkes explains that COVID-19 cannot live in the chlorine water.

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Coronavirus patients at Lee Health on the rise

NBC2  

2020-06-30

Robert Hawkes talks about COVID-19 and the younger population.

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Lee County has 'no plans' to close beaches for Fourth of July weekend

NBC2  tv

2020-06-29

Robert Hawkes encourages safe practices to protect people from COVID-19 during the holiday weekend.

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100 people have died from Coronavirus in Lee County

Fox 4  tv

2020-05-28

Robert Hawkes breaks down the numbers as Lee County reaches 100 coronavirus related deaths.

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People still waiting on COVID-19 test results from CenturyLink Sports Complex site

NBC2  

2020-05-27

Robert Hawkes discusses why there might be a delay in receiving results for COVID-19 tests.

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Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome cases increase, could be linked to Coronavirus

Fox 4  tv

2020-05-26

Robert Hawkes talks about the questions parents should ask as summer camps are allowed to reopen in Florida.

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Governor Ron DeSantis offering to host RNC or DNC in Florida

Fox 4  tv

2020-05-26

Robert Hawkes talks about the safety risks of large groups gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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No spitting: How COVID-19 is shaking up a strange sporting tradition

ABC7  

2020-05-22

Robert Hawkes talks about how changes for sports personnel will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Here's an option for a face covering if a mask is uncomfortable

NBC2  

2020-05-22

Robert Hawkes talks about why wearing a mask in public is important.

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Lee Health says antibody tests will be available this week

NBC2  tv

2020-05-13

Robert Hawkes discusses antibody testing.

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Medical examiner's office tracks coronavirus deaths differently than the state

NBC2  tv

2020-04-30

Robert Hawkes discusses why the number of coronovirus deaths may be under counted.

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As Florida reopens, experts say people should continue practicing 'pandemic etiquette'

ABC7  tv

2020-04-29

Robert Hawkes discusses why still wearing masks is important as Florida slowly starts to reopen.

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Joint testing site coming to Lee, Collier counties

NBC2  tv

2020-04-27

Robert Hawkes discusses why it's important for more Floridians to be tested for COVID-19.

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Lee County field hospital being deconstructed

NBC2  tv

2020-04-23

Robert Hawkes talks about why mobile hospitals leaving Lee County are a good sign in the fight against coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Q&A: FGCU experts answer your health and medical questions

News-Press  print

2020-04-20

Robert Hawkes answers questions about COVID-19.

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Here's how to use gloves properly, according to experts

NBC2  tv

2020-04-14

Robert Hawkes explains how to probably use and dispose of gloves.

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Fresh Market requires employees, customers to wear face masks

NBC2  

2020-04-14

Robert Hawkes discusses why it is important to wear masks in public.

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Coronavirus Q&A: Health experts answer your questions on tests, treatments and symptoms

News-Press  print

2020-04-13

Robert Hawkes answers questions related to COVID-19.

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What do hospitals do with exposed medical gear?

NBC2  tv

2020-04-13

Robert Hawkes explains why gear worn by healthcare professionals to fight COVID-19 should only be worn once.

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More people exercising outdoors while social distancing

NBC2  tv

2020-04-10

Robert Hawkes explains why it is important to practice social distancing while exercising outside.

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Medical experts warn of misuse of masks, gloves

NBC2  tv

2020-04-06

Robert Hawkes explains why homemade masks are beneficial.

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Coronavirus Fact Check: Avoid these scams to protect yourself

NBC2  tv

2020-04-03

Robert Hawkes helps NBC2 debunk coronavirus scams.

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Coronavirus Q&A: Experts answer more of your health and medical questions

The News-Press  online

2020-04-03

Robert Hawkes answers questions related to coronavirus.

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Could Redbox kiosks be carriers for COVID-19?

NBC2  tv

2020-04-02

Robert Hawkes talks about the potential for germs to live on touchscreens.

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CDC considering changing guidelines for non-sick people wearing masks

NBC2  tv

2020-04-01

Robert Hawkes discusses whether or not masks should be worn by people without coronavirus?

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Coronavirus Q&A: Experts answer health and medical questions

The News-Press  online

2020-03-31

Robert Hawkes answers questions related to coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Fact Check: Homemade masks, gloves and public places

NBC2  tv

2020-03-31

Robert Hawkes discusses homemade masks with NBC2.

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Man spotted wearing homemade mask while grocery shopping

NBC2  tv

2020-03-30

Robert Hawkes talks about homemade mask misfires.

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Experts say coronavirus symptoms could be worse in young people who smoke, vape

NBC2  tv

2020-03-27

Robert Hawkes discusses smoking and vaping in the age of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Fact Check: Big medical questions

NBC2  tv

2020-03-26

Robert Hawkes helps NBC2 fact check coronavirus claims.

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COVID-19 Q&A: FGCU medical professionals answer your coronavirus questions

News-Press  print

2020-03-25

Robert Hawkes answers questions related to coronavirus.

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Is dirty cash in your wallet spreading coronavirus?

NBC2  tv

2020-03-25

Robert Hawkes discusses if coronavirus can spread from handling cash.

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Coronavirus Fact Check: Do these 'home remedies' actually help?

NBC2  tv

2020-03-24

Robert Hawkes debunks myths about coronavirus.

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How to stay clean while pumping gas during coronavirus pandemic

NBC2  

2020-03-24

Robert Hawkes discusses how long coronavirus can stay on certain surfaces.

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Could reusable grocery bags play a part in the spread of coronavirus?

NBC2  

2020-03-24

Robert Hawkes explains why you should not bring reusable bags to the grocery store.

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Port Charlotte woman making masks for hospitals, healthcare professionals on low-supply

NBC2  

2020-03-22

Robert Hawkes talks about how hospitals are running low on protective gear due to coronavirus and if homemade masks are effective.

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Social distancing: It's harder than you think

NBC2  tv

2020-03-19

Robert Hawkes discusses why social distancing will reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19.

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No evidence that COVID-19 spreads in pools, hot tubs, CDC says

NBC2  tv

2020-03-18

Robert Hawkes explains why there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread in pools or hot tubs.

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How important is it to keep your surroundings clean during self-isolation?

ABC7  tv

2020-03-18

Robert Hawkes talks about preventing the spread of germs in your home.

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Health experts suggest social distancing to help prevent spread of coronavirus

ABC7  tv

2020-03-13

Robert Hawkes explains why social distancing will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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How COVID-19 compares to the flu, other outbreaks

NBC2  tv

2020-03-11

Robert Hawkes discusses the differences between the flu and COVID-19.

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How to stay healthy as coronavirus spreads

NBC2  tv

2020-03-10

Robert Hawkes discusses ways to boost your immune system.

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New coronavirus case reported in Santa Rosa County

NBC2  tv

2020-03-05

Robert Hawkes discusses having a plan in place for the potential spread of coronavirus.

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Experts say they wouldn't be surprised if coronavirus spreads to Southwest Florida

NBC2  tv

2020-03-05

Robert Hawkes explains why there is a greater risk of coronavirus spreading with more travel to Southwest Florida.

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New bill could require prescription for sunscreen with certain chemicals

Fox 4  tv

2019-10-17

Robert Hawkes talks about the importance of sunscreen.

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This Florida bill would require you to get a prescription for your sunscreen

ABC7  tv

2019-10-16

Robert Hawkes talks about the importance of sunscreen.

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Miami teen suffers from a collapsed lung and blames it on vaping

ABC7  tv

2019-08-07

Robert Hawkes discusses the risks related to vaping.

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Syringe found in Cape Coral canal

NBC2  tv

2019-07-23

Robert Hawkes talks about proper disposal of syringes.

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Florida at risk: Heat index rising to killer temperatures

NBC2  tv

2019-07-16

Robert Hawkes talks about the risks related to rising heat.

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Pill bottles, broken glass and trash litter yard in Lehigh Acres

NBC2  

2019-06-11

Robert Hawke discusses pill bottles littering the yard of a property in Lehigh Acres.

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Staying cool for Memorial Day weekend

Fox 4  

2019-05-26

Robert Hawkes discusses how staying hydrated is critical and recommends drinking the proper fluids.

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Study: Vaping may help smokers quit cigarettes

Fox 4  

2019-02-04

Robert Hawkes discusses how there’s no clear answer to whether or not vaping helps people quit smoking.

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Selected Event Appearances (2)

How do you get into PA school?

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants  Orlando, Florida

2019-02-16

PA Program Accreditation

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants  Marco Island, Florida

2016-08-27

Selected Articles (1)

Chapter 11: Health Care Providers Working With Older Adults Gerontology for Health Care Professional, 2nd Ed.F

Robnett and Chop

2010 Chapter excerpt: Emergency medical services (EMS) respond to accidents and illnesses outside of the hospital. Most of these emergency responses are initiated when the patient, caregiver, or bystander calls 911. EMS providers are trained basic emergency medical technicians. (EMTs), intermediates, and paramedics. They need to be kind, objective, and extremely observant. The EMS provider helps the patient relax, while at the same time providing immediate medical care and noting important environmental and physical conditions. They perform a patient assessment, provide basic and advanced life support, and complete needed interventions prior to arriving at the emergency department. Local EMS agencies may be integrated within a fire department, be part of a hospital-based ambulance system, or be a private ambulance company that has contracted with a community to provide services. EMS providers treat patients of all ages and with various medical problems. EMS professionals are an extremely important link in the healthcare system, especially for older adults.