Robert C. Oh, MD, MPH, CAQSM

Chief, Clinician Well-Being Officer
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Dr. Robert C. Oh is a family physician who has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in sports medicine. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a family medicine residency at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Subsequently, he completed a faculty development fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from University of Washington, Seattle. He has held leadership positions as associate program director, program director, chief of family medicine, and chief medical officer. He has more than 20 years of clinical and educational experience.

In 2014-2016, he was hand selected as the Physician Lead for the Performance Triad – A Health Performance and Optimization program for the United States Army in 2014-2016. During this tenure he worked closely with the Veteran’s Health Administration’s Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation in developing a Department of Defense version of Whole Health, called “Move to Health.” The Whole Health Program is a holistic wellness paradigm for both employees and Veterans. At Fort Moore, Georgia as Chief Medical Officer, his sports medicine expertise helped implement the Exertional Heat Illness and Exercise Associated Hyponatremia Clinical Practice Guidelines at the largest basic training site in the US Army as well as set the initial foundation for the formation of the Heat Center of Excellence.

He recently retired after 22+ years of service from the United States Army, which included two years of operational and combat experience deployed to Kosovo and Iraq. In 2020 he was selected as the VA Puget Sound Associate Chief of Staff for Education at one of the largest and most complex Level 1a facility in the VA, responsible for over 1,500 Health Professions Trainees annually. In his new role as Chief, Clinician Well-Being Officer, he is a strategic leader supporting the Reducing Burnout and Optimizing Organizational Thriving (REBOOT) program at VA Palo Alto. He enjoys high-intensity functional training and is a Level 2 CrossFit trainer. His interests also include Metabolic Health in those with chronic conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes.