Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Driving with Dr Andy Baldwin

Imagine how excited I was when Dr. Andy Baldwin agreed to let me eView him.  I am sure that most women remember the ABC hit show, "The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman" and most men would want to not like the man who had women in America glued to the TV every Monday (present company included) until they learned that underneath all those good looks is an amazing, caring, genuine guy anyone would, want to go grab a beer with. U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Andrew Baldwin, M.D. is a physician, humanitarian, U.S. Navy diver and media personality currently serving as a family medicine resident at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Southern California. Prior to his current position, he served at the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C. as a spokesman and advocate for Navy medicine. While in D.C. he assisted the U.S. Surgeon General with a program called Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future and currently serves as an advocate for the Let's Move Campaign headed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Both of these programs target childhood overweight and obesity. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Dr. Baldwin was Valedictorian of his high school class, an All-American swimmer, and was the ESPN national scholar/athlete. After receiving a full Navy ROTC scholarship to Duke University, he chose to attend the prestigious school and pursue a pre-med curriculum. He swam as a varsity athlete throughout his undergraduate career and graduated with honors as a student-athlete with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was commissioned into the United States Navy.  Andy pursued his dream of becoming a physician, by enrolling and completing medical school at the University of California - San Francisco School of Medicine. After graduating in 2003, Baldwin completed a year internship in General Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and went on to serve his operational duty in the Navy as an Undersea Medical Officer.
Official title for work? Lieutenant Commander Baldwin

Favorite thing about your job?

The people.  The military, their families and Vets are the best!

Where are you answering these questions from right now?

In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Naval Hospital San Diego

What are you wearing right now?


What made you want to be a physician?

Growing up in small town Pennsylvania, our Family Physician, Dr. Grey, was a mentor to me and my true idea of what a “doctor” was supposed to be. Our entire family saw him for our medical ills. I care passionately about the future health of our citizens and want to ensure that we have enough Family Physicians by helping lead a recruiting campaign that will put Family Medicine on the forefront of our youth’s mind as what a “doctor” truly is in every sense of the word, just as Dr. Grey did for me.

What are 3 items you CAN NOT live without?
 My stethoscope, my Newton Running Shoes, and coffee

Favorite item of clothing/jewelry/accessory?

iPhone, has everything at fingertips, news, schedule, people I love

Have you ever been in a fight?

Yes, just once in Quito, Ecuador when three thugs tried to mug my girlfriend and I with a knife.  I kicked their asses.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

Is there anything that you regret?

No regrets.  Live your best life.  Don’t be afraid to take risks.

What are your fondest childhood memories?

Climbing the tree in my backyard, dissecting frogs, tipping cows, swim team, BMX bikes, Garbage Pail kids, parachute pants

What current issue has your eyes and ears?

Childhood Obesity, it is completely UNSAT.  In the military that means Unsatisfactory!  Our Health Care system cannot handle the weight of health care costs of this epidemic.  Plus our children deserve better! I am National Ambassador for the ING Kids Rock running program getting over 20,000 children across the USA into a school integrated running program.  Also an advocate for the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign. It is an excellent way to be an advocate for important issues facing our country and the world.

How do you use Social Media in your industry for productivity?
It is an excellent way to be an advocate for important issues facing our country and the world.

What is your favorite website?

If you had a Super Power what would it be?
 If I had the power to heal peoples’ pain with the touch of my hand

Which famous people do you admire?

Lisa Ling @LisaLing, she just “gets it” about America and is an ardent supporter of those who serve our country.  I also admire General Petraeus, because he wasn’t afraid to go up against big government and big brass in the military to do what was right.

What is your favorite movie?

Shawshank Redemption, because with intellect, patience, and faith good people will always prevail

Favorite snack?

Apple.  An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Great fiber, and excellent snack.  Eating one right now.

How do you balance your work with other obligations - mate, children, hobbies?
 Well, the first two I don’t have (yet), and in the remaining amount of my time, I enjoy sleeping, reading, exercising, and mentoring kids.

Do you get nervous about anything?

Yes, when I am swimming in open water by myself off La Jolla and it is dark and dusky, always have the fear of sharks in the back of my mind.  It’s invigorating.  Also, when a little baby is trying to die on me in the NICU like what happened earlier today, that is pretty darn nerveracking.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be, and what would say to them?
Jesus.  I’d just like to shake his hand, and ask him what the answer is to all this life stuff.

What is your hobby or do you collect anything?
 My hobby is philanthropy.  I love doing charity work and helping others.  I am a proud member of the Lions Club, work with the Special Olympics, Team World Vision, and my foundation for families of fallen soldiers- Got Your Back Network.

What chore to you hate?

I hate doing laundry

Mac or PC?


Ginger or Mary Ann?
 Mary Ann.  I prefer brunettes. (SNAP)

Craziest thing you have ever done?

Surfing on the back of a U.S. Nuclear Submarine 100 feet below the water or…..climbing up the Roman Aquaduct in Segovia, Spain and traversing the span of several hundred feet, hundreds of feet up in the air and getting yelled at by Spanish police.  Just because…. F

or More Information About Dr. Andy Baldwin you can check his website.
He is also on Twitter @AndyBaldwin and Facebook

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