Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation: Dominador Gobaleza '90

February 21, 2018

2 p.m. Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Dominador Gobaleza '90 will be the featured speaker in the Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation speaker series on Friday, April 20. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in Noyce Science Center, Room 1023. The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership is sponsoring the speaker series and associated course.

Gobaleza was born in the Philippines, but grew up in Alaska.   After graduating from Grinnell, Gobaleza joined the U.S. Army and became commissioned as an active duty reserve officer, and attended the only military medical school in the United States from 1990-94.   

After graduating from medical school, Gobaleza completed a four-year residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center while continuing to serve in the U.S. Army as a fully active duty officer, and also completed a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry through Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Washington D.C.    

Following completion of the fellowship, Gobaleza was assigned as the chief of child/adolescent psychiatry at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital at Fort Polk, Louisiana, then returned to Washington D.C. in 2001 to completed a one-year fellowship in forensic psychiatry.  Gobaleza's most significant military experiences include assignments to the Pentagon in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon in 2001, deployment to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and deployment to Iraq in 2006-07.

While deployed to Iraq, Gobaleza was the deputy commander of clinical services for the 21st Combat Support Hospital that provided comprehensive medical care to up to 25,000-30,000 Iraqi detainees and over 2,000 coalition troops and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during this deployment due to contributions in developing methods of healthcare delivery never before described in the Army.