White coats in the White House
Retired Navy Rear Adm. E. Connie Mariano, MD, treats President Bill Clinton in the White House's private quarters after his 1997 quadricep surgery. Dr. Mariano changed the way the president's health care is delivered by instituting mandated 24-hour coverage from White House physicians. She joined the White House Medical Unit after giving a strong answer in her job interview with Burton Lee III, MD, then chief physician to George H.W. Bush. "You know, Dr. Lee, it's payback time. I owe a lot to the United States. My father was from the Philippines. He was a poor man, and he joined the U.S. Navy. That gave him a career, and his kids went to school here. I owe so much to this country."
Photo courtesy of Dr. Mariano