Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) clinicians provide unsurpassed care to moms and babies every day across the country. Our clinicians are change agents, establishing valuable relationships and making the lives of moms and babies safer. Before they joined OBHG, many of our clinicians served in the armed forces. Their desire to care for others has played an integral role in the way they serve those in our care. We recognize that military service members offer essential skills in leadership, commitment, adaptability and integrity. This Veterans Day, we pause to recognize our clinicians who have served in the United States Military.
“In May 1988, I was commissioned in the US Naval Reserve as a physical therapist. During Operation Desert storm, I was activated and deployed to the Persian Gulf – Al Jabaal, Saudi Arabia- providing fleet hospital medical support to the Marines. While crouched in a foxhole one night as Patriot and Scud missiles flew overhead, I had an existential moment and made the decision that when I got out of this mess, I would return home and apply to medical school.
Being in the military helps you to be working in coordination and concert with a large group of people towards a mission and learning to be flexible as you adapt to what situation you’re in – which is really what we do as OB hospitalists. We’re working towards a mission of providing quality, evidence-based care to the community of women who are delivering at that hospital site, as well as providing obstetrical and gynecologic support in the emergency room to the community. So, I believe that the missions and the goals are very similar to what we learn as a functioning military unit.”
Dr. Teresa Marlino
OB hospitalist and Site Director
Veteran of the US Navy Reserves
“I was deployed on active duty to Tikrit, Iraq in 2008 and I’m currently deployed to Tripler Army Medical Center in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In medical school, I was planning to pursue primary care and then initially chose OB/GYN for the surgical aspects in conjunction with the ability to see patients in my office that are experiencing one of the happiest times of their lives. As I continued my training, I identified with the ability to remain calm in the face of adversity and emergencies constantly present in OB/GYN. This has allowed me to specialize in high-risk GYN surgical patients and high-risk OB.
My military background has given me a wealth of experience in dealing with high-stress situations, understanding the importance of structure and organization, and the importance of professional development as well as my physical and mental health. I look forward to coming home in January and getting back to family and resuming my work with OBHG.”
Dr. Brian Cobb
US Army Reserves
“I served as a Flight Surgeon in the active-duty USAF for 4 years from 1988-1992. I left active duty and joined the Air National Guard, retiring from the California Air National Guard after a total of 23 years of service. As a flight surgeon, I provided occupational medicine for fighter, bomber and tanker pilots. I was the base occupational and environmental officer. I also provided primary care medicine to the families of the aircrew.
After leaving active duty I returned to residency and completed my OB/GYN training to enter private practice. After closing my private practice, I joined OBHG full-time as a Diplomat. One of the greatest benefits I got from the military is my primary care experience. Upon entering the workforce, I was very comfortable providing acute primary care to my OB/GYN patients.”
Dr. Mark Lobaugh
Veteran of the US Air Force
To all veterans, we thank you.
Dr. Teresa Marlino, Dr. Brian Cobb, Dr. Mark Lobaugh, Dr. Fed Seale, Dr. Mark Stowers, Dr. Erna Waxman, Dr. Michael Meyer, Dr. Eric Johnson, Bergen Vardell, CNM, Dr. Lynda Cilliam, Stacey Smalley, CNM, Dr. Nicole Fanning, Dr. Tim Puckett, Dr. Mark Harrison, Dr. Charla Morgan, Dr. Rolland Williby Jr., Dr. Steven Edmondson, Julie Williams, CNM, Dr. Haley Strickland, Dr. Maria Cayabyab, Dr. Cathleen Brown, Dr. Gary Person, Dr. Jeffrey Hermann, Dr. George Kingsley, Siobhan Kubesh, CNM, Dr. David Lang, Dr. Charles Rollison, Dr. John Nordeen, Dr. Tracy Thompson, Dr. Karen Bordson, Dr. Meredith Lane, and others.
*This is not a conclusive list of all veterans at Ob Hospitalist Group.