An aggressive martial arts student Dr. Robert Rey holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Martial arts is a large part of his life, and culture, he has studied additional disciplines such as Jiu Jitsu, Capoeira, Jeet Kune Do, and Hapkido.
Dr. Robert Rey also donates his time and training to the Thousand Smile Foundation of Mexico, where he does work to correct scars, cleft lips and other things for Mexicans and his native people in Brazil.
Dr. Robert Rey admits that the last thing he did before he left Brazil as a child was to rob a local grocery store, on his way to the boat that would bring him to America.
Dr. Robert Rey also holds a masters degree in government, in addition to his many medical accomplishments.
In May 2006 Dr. Robert Rey was onboard an aircraft, with the help of another passenger they were able to safely restrain an agitated passenger.
Dr. Robert Rey has been recognized in the scientific community with these awards:
Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Resident's Award
American Association of Clinical Anatomist Student Award
Dedicated to his profession Dr. Robert Rey attended many elite medical schools including:
U.C.L.A. School of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Dr. Robert Rey has a DVD series titled Rey's Anatomy, the series is to help patients who are considering cosmetic surgery.
In 1980, Dr. Robert Rey became a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and has appeared in many advertisements on national television.
He has licenses to practice medicine in several states: California, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Utah.
From 1983 to 1985, while attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he was appointed Class vice-president, treasurer and executive committee representative. From 1996 to 1997, he was a Chief Plastic Surgey Resident at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Dr. Robert Rey: I'm a psychiatrist with a knife.
(Dr. Robert Rey explaining how he handled the situation involving a troubled passenger aboard and aircraft.)
Dr. Robert Rey: When you get a black belt, at that stage your brain just clicks into action, I restrained this gentleman in a very aggressive way without hurting him. I did what's called a full nelson and was able to control him into the seat.
Dr. Robert Rey: I found there are more plastic surgeons in my office building than in the entire state of Montana.
(Dr. Robert Rey explaining the stress related to his profession.)
Dr. Robert Rey: You don't know the meaning of the word 'stress' until you are asked to take a knife to a perfect-looking face to make it even more perfect.
(Dr. Robert Rey reflecting on his childhood in Brazil.)
Dr. Robert Rey: By all rights, I should have been in a Brazilian jail by now.