Dr. Robert J. Kipnis, board-certified in rheumatology with Arthritis and Osteoporosis Consultants of the Carolinas (AOCC), will retire after 36 years of practicing medicine.

Dr. Kipnis graduated from Brown University and Duke University School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine residency followed by a Rheumatology fellowship at Yale University. In 2000, he became a founding partner of AOCC where he has practiced ever since.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kipnis has invested his knowledge and service into healthcare and his community. His leadership as a founding member has contributed to the growth and development of AOCC as a widely-respected practice. Furthermore, he is esteemed by patients and colleagues alike for being understanding, compassionate, and thorough.

During his years of practice, Dr. Kipnis has received numerous awards including Top Doctor in Rheumatology (2007-2009, 2015, 2017) as well as the Physician Leadership Award from the Lupus Foundation of America. He has been a member of the American College of Rheumatology, North Carolina Medical Society, and Mecklenburg County Medical Society.

Dr. Kipnis would like to express his sincere gratitude to all of his patients, as well as the partners, staff, and the administration of AOCC.


  1. Anonymous

    Thank you Dr. Kipnis for caring for my aches and pains over the past few years. You have been a God send and will be sorely missed by all.
    Antonia (Toni) Bartlett

    • Anonymous

      Congrats on your retirement. I have another great provider there at AAOC. I have spoken to patients that you have served. May God Bless and enjoy your retirement.
      Selma Berkley

  2. Anonymous

    You will be missed more than you know!!

  3. Anonymous

    For thirty years you have provided care for me and given direction that enabled me to have a good quality of life. I can’t thank you enough. You will be missed. Good luck and life to you and your wife.

    Pat Gardiner

  4. Anonymous

    Best of luck to you on your retirement. Brenda McGowan

  5. Anonymous

    Dr Kipnis–Thanks for your care. I can not thank you enough. You have helped me live with my underlying rheumatologic issue. Best wishes to you and your family
    Sanjeev Shah.

  6. Anonymous

    You were always my favorite doctor and I credit you for making my life active and productive. I’ve retired, too, and relocated to the beach. The only regret I had about that decision was leaving you behind. But once again you have solved my problem! I will forever be grateful for having you in my life.

    Sara Nomellini

    P.S. Retirement rocks!

  7. Anonymous

    I counted our meeting in 2006, when you became my RA Doc, as God Sent event. Now that you’re planning a new chapter in your life I wish you more then normal happiness.
    As an avid Retiree myself I’m sure you’ll wonder why you waited so long to join in on the fun.
    Safe Travels my Friend. It’s been a pleasure. Your the best

    Harry Hamelink

  8. Anonymous

    Congratulations on your retirement!! I truly enjoyed working for you over the last 25 years. Retirement is great, we have enjoyed it. Have a drink and enjoy it!!

    Wayne & Teresa Williams

    • Anonymous

      Steve and I wish to congratulate you on your retirement. The Rheumatology specialty is a better space because of you and all of your advocacy for the patients. I learned so much and truly appreciate the 14 years of working for and with you! May you see your dreams come true! Enjoy the special time with Nancy and the kids. The future will be an exciting place.

      Steve and Iris Nichols

  9. Anonymous

    Congratulations !!!

  10. Anonymous

    Congratulations to you and your family on your retirement! i truly appreciate all you have done for me these past 10 yrs plus with my arthritis issues. You are the best! Have fun and enjoy your new found time hopefully our Blue Devils will have a good season this year too. All the best,

    Theresa Keller

  11. Anonymous

    I have been a patient for at least 30 years, so that speaks volumes of how I feel about Dr. Kipnis. I will miss him, but look forward to my new professional.
    Dr. Kipnis enjoy your retirement, you have earned it.
    Janet Jones

  12. Anonymous

    Thanks for treating me since 2006 with kindness and compassion as well as medical knowledge. I’m going to miss you. Have a great retirement. PS: if you have an extra room on your vacations, I’m available.

    Henry Hoffman

  13. Anonymous

    Well, you know how I feel about you!! A more wonderful doctor could not be found. Dr.
    Kipnis has helped me manage RA more than I could have imagined. Congrats on your
    retirement and hope you really enjoy it. KEEP READING THE GOOD STUFF! Marion
    Ratliff – Matthews, NC

  14. Anonymous

    Thank you, Dr. Kipnis, for the 26 years of caring for my (now 90 years) Mom (M Lingerfelt): She loves you dearly, not only for being a caring devoted Dr. but a Great Human, in every aspect of kindness. You shall be greatly missed. Well done: enjoy your well-deserved retirement! PS. It has been my family’s joy and pleasure, watching your family of 4 boys grow, on Christmas Cards in your office, throughout these many years: no doubt the love of your life! Bravo!

  15. Anonymous

    So excited for you!! But sad to be losing you as a doctor! You are truly amazing – you take the time listen and care doe your patient.

    Enjoy your retirement!!


  16. Anonymous

    Thank you for always providing superior care. I am so grateful for your expertise and compassion. You listen with your heart.
    Congratulations on reaching this great milestone. May God bless you and surround you with His loving kindness.

  17. Anonymous

    June 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm continued…

    I wish you the very best!

    Rebecca Hardin

  18. Anonymous

    For 30 Years you have provided excellent care for me. I have been through so much over those years and you have been there every step of the way. There are no words to say Thank You for the medical care, the compassion and genuine kindness you have always shown. You will be Greatly missed!! Enjoy your greatly earned Retirement!! God Bless you and Keep you.

    Kalvinette Meeks

  19. Anonymous

    Having AS and you as my doctor for the past 16 years I can say with all sincerity you guided, directed and walked with me during a most difficult time in my life. Your genuine care and professional approach made this time bearable. Thank you and may God give you many years of rest, peace and enjoyment.
    Dennis Donahue

  20. Anonymous

    Dr. Kipnis, you were a wonderful Dr. for my brother Donald Brown and we appreciate every heartfelt care you gave him.
    May God continue to bless you in your deserved retirement beyond measure🙏🏽🙏🏽
    Pat, Vee and Von (Sister)


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