July 2, 2010 Wheeling, IL. – Dr. Concepcion Eleanor “Connie” Mariano, more popularly known as “The White House Doctor” is the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Gintong Pamana Awards Night Gala, honoring Outstanding Filipino Americans and recipients of the Prism Award for Women of Style & Achievements, Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the Ravinia Ballroom of the Westin Hotel, Chicago North Shore.
On this occasion, Dr. Connie Mariano will also be awarded the “Kamanyang Award, Lifetime Achievement in Medicine” by the Gintong Pamana Awards Founda¬tion, Inc. for becoming not only the first Filipino American to serve as a Navy rear admiral but also the first woman in American history to serve as the primary doctor to the president and the director of the White House Medical Unit.
Dr. Mariano’s stint at the White House began in 1992 when she ac¬cepted a two-year appointment as White House physician during the last days of George Herbert Bush. Little did she know that this ap¬pointment would last 9 years and span three administrations from the final days of George H. Bush, all of Bill Clinton’s presidency and ending in the beginning of George W. Bush’s first term.
After leaving the White House, Dr. Mariano became a consultant in the Executive Health Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale from July 2001 to October 2005. In November 2005, Dr. Mariano founded the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice which provides presidentialquality medical care to CEOs and their families.
An expert in presidential health care including the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, Dr. Mariano is a frequent guest speaker on CNN and print media on the topics of care to VIPs, presidential disability, travel medicine, and optimizing quality of care. Her memoir, The White House Doctor, was just released on June 22 by St. Martin’s Press. In her book, Dr. Mariano recounted how it was like to live in what she calls the president’s kill zone, even training with the Secret Service in case of attacks on the president’s life. “The White House Doctor” also touched briefly on the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton ‘scandal’. A divorced mother of two, Dr. Mariano has just recently been married to John Weber, who will also join her at the July 31 Gintong Pamana event at Westin Hotel.
Family Background, Childhood and Education Dr. Connie Mariano was born in Sangley Point, Philippines, the eldest daughter of a career Navy enlisted serviceman and his wife, a dentist. Her family moved to Hawaii when she was two years old and typical for a military family, moved frequently during her father’s Navy career. Dr. Mariano has lived in Hawaii, California, Taiwan and Washington, DC.
Dr. Mariano graduated as Valedictorian from Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, California in 1973. She received her Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Revelle College at the University of California at San Diego in 1977. In 1981, Dr. Mariano received her Medical Degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, the nation’s military medical school. She was commissioned as lieutenant in the United States Navy upon graduation. Dr. Mariano completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. She served as General Medical Officer and Medical Department Division Head onboard the USS Prairie, a destroyer tender from 1982-1984. While onboard her ship, Dr. Mariano completed a Western Pacific deployment.
Upon receiving board-certification in Internal Medicine, Dr. Mariano was assigned to the Naval Medical Clinic in Port Hueneme, California from 1986-1990 where she ran the Specialty Clinic and the clinic’s urgent care facility. In 1990, Dr. Mariano returned to the Naval Hospital in San Diego to become the Division Head of General Internal Medicine.
In June 1992, Dr. Mariano became the first military woman in American history to be appointed White House Physician. She was nominated by the Navy and selected by the White House for this honor. In 1994, Dr. Mariano was named Director of the White House Medical Unit and chosen by President William Clinton to serve as his personal physician. Dr. Mariano served nine years at the White House where she was physician to three sitting American Presidents.
Dr. Connie Mariano will do a book signing at the Westin Hotel, Chicago North Shore following the awarding ceremonies. For dinner reservation to the event, please call
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