Robert W. Rakowczyk, MDRobert Wesley Rakowczyk, MD
Resident Physician

Dr. Rakowczyk joined The Department of Family Medicine in 2016. He is a resident physician in training at the Family Medicine Clinic - Island West. Dr. Rakowczyk earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  He received his Doctorate of Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Rakowczyk is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Advanced Neonatal Life Support (ANLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).

Dr. Rakowczyk's academic and clinical interests include Behavioral Medicine and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Rakowczyk is also a veteran having served as US Navy submarine officer. 

 A Personal Note from Dr. Rakowczyk  

I took the “scenic route” to medical school, having studied chemical engineering and philosophy as an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University, then spending several years in the Navy as a submarine officer. I developed a love for the water while being stationed at both Atlantic and Pacific Naval bases. In between my time in the Navy and starting medical school, I took a gap year to travel with my wife, and we were able to spend time in India, Guatemala, and Peru.

I attended medical school at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where I witnessed more football fanaticism than I could have imagined. I also learned some medicine, and became strongly interested in addressing all the things that contribute to a person’s health that aren’t part of their physical body: a person’s lifestyle, their beliefs about their health and their life, their physical and emotional habits, and the laws and policies we have in place that either enhance or threaten health. I realized that there was no single aspect of medicine that I could honestly say “I don’t care to learn about that part of medicine.” I love it all. So family medicine is the ideal path for me because it provides training in all the things I’m interested in, and fundamentally regards patients as people with minds and emotions, social circles, and spiritual beliefs that all need to be attended to, in addition to any physical ailments they may have.

I was drawn to UTMB Family Medicine because it has all the things that were high on my list for residency programs: rigorous formal curriculum in core family medicine topics, using integrative medicine therapies as part of usual clinical practice, strong training in behavioral medicine, and a workplace culture that I wanted to join. I have been extremely impressed by the faculty and upper level residents that I have been able to work with so far. I feel lucky to have found this place, and am confident that I will have a great residency experience!

When I am not working on medicine-y things, I love to cook (especially on the grill!) and play toddler games with my daughter. I am super thankful to have found fresh Hatch green chile here in Galveston, which is what I had missed the most from growing up in New Mexico.

Practice Location(s):

6710 Stewart Road, Suite 100
Galveston, Texas 77551

Appointment Line:
(409) 744-4030 or
(409) 772-2166

Fax Number:
(409) 740-4187


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Extended Hours:
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - Noon

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