Robert G. Darling, MD, FACEP
Dr. Robert Darling is a founding principal and Chief Medical Officer for Patronus Medical Corporation, a company delivering executive medical care to patients in virtually any location in the world using advanced telemedicine and other cutting-edge technologies.
In 1996, Dr. Darling became the first board-certified emergency medicine physician to serve the President of the United States as White House Physician. Dr. Darling served President Clinton, Vice President Gore, their families, and other presidential support units at the White House, Camp David, classified emergency relocation facilities, and aboard executive aircraft including Air Force One and Marine One. He also provided primary care and protective medical support services in more than 40 countries with no western style backup medical care. Dr. Darling played a key role in developing Top Secret emergency contingency plans bearing constitutional impact, countering the greatest threats to the continuity of the presidency.
After completing his tour as White House Physician, Dr. Darling served as emergency physician, flight surgeon, and Director of the Aeromedical Isolation Team (AIT) for the Operational Medicine Division of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland. In the latter role, he specialized in mitigating the medical consequences of biological weapons and bioterrorism.
Dr. Darling has also served as the Director of the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security, in the office of the Navy Surgeon General where he guided Navy Medicine in preparing for the medical and public health consequences of natural and man-made disasters in hospitals and clinics throughout the world.
CAPTAIN Darling retired from the Navy in 2006, after 25 years of service to the nation. He was then named Director of the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) where he led healthcare reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, prepared for pandemic influenza outbreaks, conducted HIV/AIDS educational programs in the Caribbean and South America, and prepared for and responded to humanitarian disasters worldwide.
In addition to Dr. Darling’s current work with Patronus Medical Corporation, he is supporting Kanopi Health and Kanopi Dental’s efforts to bring health and dental care into schools via telemedicine and teledental technologies. He is an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. Finally, he is assisting in the startup of Prevently, a company that integrates health content, products, personal health devices and telemedicine.
Dr. Darling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors from Adelphi University and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the USUHS. He completed his medical internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) and basic flight training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) in Pensacola, Florida. He served as Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) and was back seat qualified in both the F14 and A6 tactical jets. He has been published in numerous professional journals and has lectured around the world. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and three daughters.