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   I am an avid surfer with over 20 years of ocean experience. I have surfed from Maine to Florida, all over California, Oregon, and made trips to Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, France, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Spain, Peru, Bali, Brazil, and Mexico. My home break at this time is Huntington Beach, California where I mainly surf the power plant.
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  • Dr. Robert D. Budman an American Board of Family Practice certified physician.
  • Member American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Licensed in 9 US states.


  • BS degree in zoology from the University of Maryland-College Park 1982
  • MD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston 1986
  • Internal medicine internship Eastern Virginia Grad. School of Medicine Norfolk, VA 1987
  • Family Medicine residency at the University of California-Irvine 1990.
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Dept. of Family Medicine-UCI
  • MBA degree from the University of Phoenix 2007
  • I have worked over the years in various emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and family practices in 10 different states.
  • Titanic '98 Research and Recovery Expedition (really! I went to the Titanic. Check the picture.)
  • Cruise ship physician for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines (hard work, big parties!)
  • Relief Rover Doctor, Queensland, Australia (Two tours of duty with an offer to be a Royal Flying Doctor!)
  • Current adventure:
  • St. Joseph's Heritage Medical Group. Family medicine office. Busy. Very busy!
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  • online affiliations

       SurfLink's Medical Doctor. SurfLink is the surfing and action sports multimedia board of America Online. SurfLink is the most dynamic on line site for the sport of surfing. Our site provides for up to the minute surf reports, contest results, and graphics (both still and video) of your favorite surfers and beach bunnies! My contribution to SurfLink is Dr. Budman's Medical Surf Clinic. In this area you can read up on various medical problems of surfers and action sports enthusiasts, ask questions for me to answer either on America Online or via internet e-mail. So, cybersurf over to SurfLink and give us a look.

       Surfer Magazine's Medical Doctor. Ask the Surf Doc is just one part of the SurferMag website. Another extensive bulletin board of medical problems related to water sports.

    Write me or ask questions at:
    SurfLinkMD That is me surfing Playa Grande, Costa Rica in January 96.


  • Happy Shark™ supports various proecology groups like Surfrider, Center for Marine Conservation, Shark Protection and Preservation Association, and many others.

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