Dr. Ben Hur Patricio Mobo, Jr.
Students from all corners of the earth come to Harvard and Yale to learn but this Filipino doctor was hired to teach in his capacity, then, as faculty member of the department of medicine. Dr. Ben Hur Patricio Mobo, Jr., a known preceptor and lecturer, is a class of his own.
Simply known as Doctor Jay, he made a name for himself and his country in the arena of occupational and environmental medicine and is winning a lonely war for an integrated family planning, maternal and child health.
He was a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School Department of Medicine.
Doctor Jay is a namesake of his late father who was a topnotch lawyer, Vice Governor and OIC Governor of Aklan. His mother, the former Rebecca Barrios Patricio, whom he describes as a lady of “kindness, inner beauty, guided wisdom, innate generosity and unending support and friendship” is the daughter of the third Governor of Aklan, the late Virgilio Patricio. His siblings who are all successful in their own fields are Alvin, Mabeth, Bombi, Carmina, Pia and Charisse. He was married to a rheumatologist whom he met during his residency at the Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center. They are blessed with two beautiful sons, Peter and Christian.
A FATHER’S LEGACY
All through the years, the young Mobo reminds himself of these inspiring words from his dad: “Perhaps the only legacy that we can leave you is to provide you with the best education possible.” In 1988, he graduated Magna Cum Laude for his undergraduate degree in BS Zoology from the University of the Philippines Institute of Biology. He was awarded the UP Presidential Pin for academic excellence. He was also a recipient of the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Pi Sigma Honor Society award for academic excellence.
Then he went straight to UP College of Medicine and earned the “MD” now attached to his name. He ranked 9th in a class of 144 and was named Outstanding Intern in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. He was the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi nominee for academic excellence in medical sciences. In 2000, he finished his Master in Public Health at the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Fresh out of rotating internships at UP Philippine General Hospital from 1992 to 1993, the new doctor returned to his roots. While in the Philippines as Project Manager of USAID-funded project, he has, for a while, unselfishly brought home to his native land the knowledge and skill after years of studies. He pioneered a research project on “The Integrated Family Planning/Maternal and Child Health Training and Service Delivery” with grants from the United States Agency for International Development.
In 1995, he flew to U.S.A. for his residency in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Yeshiva University) Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. His effort borne good results for in 1998, he was recognized with the Leo M. Davidoff Society Award of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for outstanding achievement in teaching medical students.
He then moved to the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut in July, 1998 and finished his postdoctoral fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine on June, 2000. From 2000 to 2004, he was instructor at the university’s Department of Internal Medicine Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. On July, 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant professor. For two years in a row, 2005-2006, he was nominated for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He is also a lecturer at the university’s School of Public Health where he directed a course for MPH students.
Dr. Mobo has accomplished much for himself. He was admitted to the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Specialist in Occupational Medicine) in 2000 and to the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1999.
Starting December, 2000 he worked with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Connecticut. In this system, he was Consultant Physician of the Compensation and Pension (2000-2001) and of the Employee Health Unit (2000-2006). In 2001, he was promoted to Director of the Compensation and Pension. Finally, on May 2006, he was named Chief of the VA Connecticut Occupational Health Services, a position he held until he moved to Boston.
Also, in recognition of his exceptional achievements, the Yale University appointment him Associate Residency Program Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. He received two special grants from the Veteran Affairs Occupational Health Central Office to work on Occupational Safety and Health Training Project from July 2006 to June 2010 with a yearly budget of $90,000 and on the Occupational Safety and Health Research Project from July 2008 to June 2010 with an annual budget of $155,000.
In 2009, he was presented the Alex Poljak Award for Innovation by the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. In 2003, the New England VA Healthcare System Executive Leadership Council for Compensation and Pension cited him with a Special Contribution Award. He has also been recognized by the American College of Physicians for his efforts as outstanding peer reviewer for the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine.
A recognized expert, he travels in various states in USA as speaker of national conference. At the VA National Injuries Conference in Washington, DC in 2009, he spoke of the Blood borne Pathogen Exposure Experience. In 2010, as a featured speaker of the New England Occupational and Environmental Medicine, he talked of the occupational medicine and primary care issues related to deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. He also recently gave presentations at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Greater Boston Nurses Association on various work-related health effects.
Dr. Mobo’s dedication and unselfish devotion is simply unequalled. He sat in the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Study Section Review of Alexandria, Virginia which reviewed the various proposals for funding. Since 2006, he holds memberships in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, National Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Directors Committee, Yale University Services.
Since 2001, he has been a member of the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the State of Connecticut Task Force on Depleted Uranium. He has joined alliances of medical physicians with the same passion to excel and be of great service. For one, he’s a founding member of the Yale Society of Clinical Preceptors. Being one of the few distinguished Filipino specialist in occupation medicine abroad, Dr. Mobo has contributed to this field and to the world by publishing his research works in internationally known peer-reviewed journals.
With all these exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Mobo does not think of stopping there as he sees himself to be extending a helping hand to those who need it wherever and whenever he is. For him, certain qualities would make a good doctor. “A good doctor has genuine concern for his patient’s health and recovery.” In addition, he believes that the determinants of health include not only one’s genetic predisposition and lifestyle choices (of food and exercises) but also the environment one is in be that at work or home environment.
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.