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Former White House Physician Robert G. Darling ’81 to Speak at Adelphi

Garden City, NY, August 30, 2009 --( Adelphi University welcomes Robert G. Darling ’81, White House physician during the Bill Clinton presidency and former director of the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security, to discuss “First Physician, An Adelphi Graduate’s Experience as White House Doctor,” on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Multipurpose Room, second floor, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The lecture is part of a larger tribute event for longtime Adelphi Professor of Biology Warren B. Eickelberg.

As the first American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)-certified medical doctor selected to serve the President of the United States as White House Physician, Dr. Darling tended to the medical needs of former president Bill Clinton and his vice president, their families, and other government officials. Additionally, he traveled to more than 40 countries to plan medical contingency operations for official presidential visits and vacations from August 1996 until October 1999. Dr. Darling now works in the private sector and practices advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, MD. He continues as a consultant to the White House Medical Unit on matters relating to biological terrorism and the medical consequences of weapons of mass destruction. He is a founding principal and director of Medical Services for Guardian 24/7, and a medical consultant to the Command Consulting Group in Washington, DC.

In 2004, Dr. Darling accepted a position as director of the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and Headquarters of the Navy Surgeon General. In this capacity, he was responsible for preparing navy medicine for the medical and public health consequences of natural and man-made disasters. He retired from the navy as a captain in October 2006, and joined the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) as director of the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM), where he managed various humanitarian programs such as the healthcare sector reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and HIV/AIDS educational initiatives in the Caribbean and South America. He is an adjunct assistant professor of military and emergency in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Darling holds a doctorate degree in medicine from USUHS, Bethesda, MD and a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Adelphi. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in 1981 and graduated from the USUHS in 1985. He was designated as a Naval Flight Surgeon in 1987 and served aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) from 1987 to 1989. A native of Massapequa, NY, Dr. Darling has been a member of the Adelphi University Board of Trustees since 2004 and resides in Germantown, MD, with his wife and three daughters.

For more information, call the Adelphi University cultural events hotline at (516) 877-4555, or visit

About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,500 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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