Robert L. Joyner, Jr., PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC, director of the Richard A. Henson Research Institute at TidalHealth, received the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)’s highest honor, the Sister Mary Yvonne Jenn, CRNA, RRT Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2023 American Association for Respiratory Care Congress in Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. Joyner earned a B.S. in respiratory therapy from Salisbury University and a PhD in physiology from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. He has been a respiratory therapist (RT) since 1988. Over the years, he has held many roles including bedside RT, clinical instructor, director of clinical education and the program director at Salisbury University from 2003 to 2019.
Dr. Joyner started his NBRC journey by earning his first national respiratory care credential in 1989. In the past 14 years, he’s served on numerous NBRC committees. In 2016 and 2017, Dr. Joyner served as president of the entire national credentialing organization. In 2019, Dr. Joyner accepted a position as director of the Richard A. Henson Research Institute at TidalHealth. In this position, Dr. Joyner is responsible for the execution of clinical trials from start to finish and for providing research education across the TidalHealth system.