Eleanor Mariano

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Eleanor Mariano
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Eleanor Mariano
Born1955 (age 64–65)
Cavite City, Philippines
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1977–2001
RankRear Admiral (Lower Half)[1]
Commands heldWhite House Medical Unit

Eleanor Concepcion "Connie" Mariano (born 1955), is a Filipina American physician and retired flag officer in the United States Navy. She is the first Filipino American and graduate of the Uniformed Services University of Medicine to reach the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy as well as the first woman to become 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 graduated from the University of California, San Diego's Revelle College with cum laude honors and a degree in biology.

Mariano joined the U.S. Navy in 1977, and received a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Medicine in 1981, graduating as a lieutenant. Following graduation, she served as a doctor on USS Prairie (AD-15) serving in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. By 1991, Mariano was a commander and the division head of internal medicine and director of the internal medicine clinic at the San Diego naval hospital. Only a year away from being eligible for release from active duty, she was nominated by her commanding officer to serve as Navy physician to the White House Medical Unit. She joined the unit in June 1992, serving as a physician to President George H.W. Bush, and was about to be issued new orders to be director of the clinic at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego when she was personally selected by the incoming President, Bill Clinton, to be White House Physician and director of the White House Medical Unit. As a result, she received an early promotion to captain on December 7, 1994. In the autumn of 1999, Mariano was nominated by the President to the rank of rear admiral (lower half); she was formally promoted in 2000.[2]

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 State Senator Will Espero, submitted Mariano's name to President Barack Obama for the position of Surgeon General of the United States in May 2009.[3]

She is the author of the book The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents - A Memoir. With a foreword from Bill Clinton, the autobiographical book takes a look at the personal lives of the three American Presidents and three American First Ladies she had taken care of while working as a Physician to the President.[4]

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  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. ^ "Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the U.S. Navy, 2000-Present". Naval History & Heritage Command. United States Navy. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. In 2000, Rear Admiral Eleanor Mariano, MC, USN, became the first female Filipino to be promoted to flag rank while serving as the Attending Physician to President William J. Clinton.
  3. ^ 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.[dead link]
  4. ^ Her Patients Were Presidents, Filipino Reporter, Year XXXVIII, No. 19, National Edition, New York City, April 16–22, 2010, pages 1 and 6.

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