“Dr. Bob” encourages graduates to keep good attitude, work hard

Dr. Bob speaks to graduates about keeping a positive attitude.

Dr. Bob speaks to graduates about keeping a positive attitude.

While giving Carson-Newman’s winter commencement address, Knoxville’s “Dr. Bob” Overholt encouraged graduates to have a “positive mental attitude, work hard, and be the best you can be.”

Overholt spoke during the Friday, December 14 ceremony held in C-N’s Holt Field House, addressing some 70 graduates.

“I want you to help other people,” said Overholt looking out across those assembled. “When you think of other people, your life will be better.” Overholt also added, “I want you to lead the people you meet down the paths of righteousness for God’s sake.”

Overholt has been in private practice since 1970 and is a renowned expert on medical and health issues. In addition to “The Dr. Bob Show,” which airs on public televisions from the Plateau to the North Carolina border, he regularly discusses medical topics on Knoxville’s WBIR TV10.

Overholt is a longtime C-N supporter who was honorary chair for its For Such a Time as This campaign. His wife, Carol, has served as trustee of C-N for several years.

Certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Overholt has maintained an active role in medical research and is a fellow with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. He then completed a three-year internal medicine residency followed by his allergy fellowship at the University of Michigan.