Every patient has a story.

Dr Robert Shelly

Dr. Robert Shelly, Finger Lakes Community Health

Dr. Shelly says that “bringing quality healthcare to people who have difficulty finding a doctor is what gives meaning to my life.” He comes from a long line of doctors providing medicine to indigenous peoples and the underserved all over the globe. His grandparents were doctors in India for many years, and his parents, both doctors, worked in the Congo and rural Appalachia.

Dr. Shelly enjoys getting to know his patients: “I feel privileged to hear my patients’ personal stories.  I learn something from every person, and the relationships that form over time often mean more than the medicines I prescribe or the tests I order.”  His philosophy of patient care is to encourage a  proactive doctor-patient partnership. “My patients’ hopes for their own health are the starting point. I want to know what they want to accomplish. Then together, we make a plan based on the best medical science available and their own personal goals.”

Dr. Shelly says the FLCH team is truly community-oriented and committed to caring for people of all different cultures and backgrounds.  “I’m fortunate to work with a great team of people who share the goal of bringing affordable, quality care to everyone who lives in our region, particularly people of limited means.”

Dr. Shelly is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Before FLCH, he was with Quincy Community Medical Center in Washington State, where he held the position of Medical Director. He is Board Certified for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and speaks fluent Spanish.