Robert Sanders, M.D.

A photo of Robert Sanders

Throughout his notable career, Dr. Sanders was a tireless champion for the health and well-being of Tennesseans, particularly young children. He was known for consistently, effectively, compassionately, and articulately speaking up for all patients and their families.

Dr. Sanders was an active member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics where he eventually served as chairman of the Accident Prevention Committee. ­ His work led directly to his involvement with the State of Tennessee’s Accident Prevention Committee. ­ Through this political role, Dr. Sanders was part of a team that successfully lobbied for the passage of the Child Passenger Protection Act, a Tennessee law that requires parents to properly package children under age four in federally approved car seats—the first law of its kind in the nation and world. ­ Three years later, all 50 states in the U.S. had passed similar laws. ­ is accomplishment led to Dr. Sanders becoming proudly known as “Dr. Seat Belt.

As director of the Rutherford County Health Department, Dr. Sanders was also involved in several educational programs including a program to teach sex education to teenagers, various efforts to curb teenage smoking and advocacy for gun control. ­