Connie Mariano
Former White House Doctor

During her successful career in medicine, Eleanor “Connie” Mariano has racked up an impressive list of “firsts.”  Not only was she the first Filipino-American to become a Rear Admiral in the US Navy, she also was the first female director of the White House Medical Unit, as well as the first military woman to be appointed as the White House Physician.  Born in 1955 in the Philippines, Mariano moved to the United States with her family at the age of two.  She graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, earning her undergraduate degree in biology.  After joining the US Navy in 1977, she earned her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Medicine in 1981.  She later reached the rank of Rear Admiral in the navy and from there rose to the position of White House physician, where she provided medical service for two sitting presidents, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  In 2001, she retired from the navy and joined the Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale, Arizona.  Since then, she has founded the Center for Executive Medicine, a concierge medical service in North Scottsdale.

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The White House DoctorMy Patients Were Presidents: A Memoir
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Dr. Connie Mariano served 9 years at the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. She participated in world headline-making news events and traveled all over the world. She cared for visiting dignitaries and was charged with caring for all the members of the First Family. From flirting with King Juan Carlos of Spain to spending the night on the Queen of England's yacht, Dr. Mariano glimpsed a glittering and powerful celebrity that few ever see. White House Doctor is a fascinating look into what goes on behind closed doors at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

A Heartbeat Away from the President Connie Mariano, former White House physician, discusses the unique requirements, pressures, and responsibilities of providing medical care for the most powerful person in the world.

Check out interviews with Dr. Connie Mariano here and here.

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“Dr. Mariano was fabulous.  She was engaging and humorous as she passed along her wisdom and advice to our graduating class.  On a personal note, since I am also an unconventional student, her speech has inspired me to persevere and aim to have many successes in my path to becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.” —Judith McGilvray, Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, UC San Diego School of Medicine