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Eleanor Mariano
Born 1955 (age 54–55)
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Eleanor Mariano
Nickname Connie
Place of birth Cavite City, Philippines
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1977 - 2001
Rank Rear Admiral (Lower Half)[1]
Commands held White House Medical Unit

Dr. Eleanor Concepcion "Connie" Mariano is a physician, the first Filipino-American to reach the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, the first graduate of the Uniformed Services University of Medicine to reach flag officer status and the first woman to be the director of the White House Medical Unit.

Mariano was born at the Sangley Point Naval Base in Cavite City, Philippines in 1955. Two years later, her parents arrived in the United States. Her father served in the navy as a steward and eventually retired with the rank of Master Chief. Mariano was the valedictorian of her Mar Vista High School, Imperial Beach, California, class of 1973. She is a University of California, San Diego Alumna from Revelle College where she graduated with cum laude honors and received her degree in biology at the University of California, San Diego. After her undergraduate studies, Mariano joined the navy in 1977 where she received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Medicine in 1981 Bethesda, Maryland.

Mariano was nominated to the rank of Rear Admiral by President Bill Clinton and eventually served as the White House Physician for President Clinton and President George W. Bush.

In 2001, Dr. Mariano retired from the Navy and left the White House to join the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was succeeded as White House Physician by Richard Tubb. In 2005, she went on to found the Center for Executive Medicine in Scottsdale.

Hawaii Senator Will Espero submitted Mariano's name to President Barack Obama for the position of Surgeon General of the United States in May 2009.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "FLAG OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT". U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs). May 25, 2000. Retrieved May 24, 2009. "Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today that the President has nominated Navy Captain Eleanor C. Mariano, Medical Corps, for appointment to the grade of rear admiral (lower half)."  
  2. ^ Rapoza, Richard (May 7, 2009). "Hawaii Senator Will Espero Submits Name of Rear Admiral (Ret). Eleanor 'Connie' Mariano for Surgeon General of the United States". Hawaii Reporter. Retrieved 2009-05-11.  

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