Dr. Thomas J. Goblirsch
DAMEN AWARD - STRITCH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
In the field of medicine, Thomas J. Goblirsch (MD ’85) exemplifies the Jesuit value of being a person for others. From saving the lives of Iraqi children to teaching anesthesiology to working with Boy Scout troops, Dr. Goblirsch has made a significant contribution to communities in both the U.S. and abroad.
Since 2003, Dr. Goblirsch has been a faculty member and a staff anesthesiologist in Barnes Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis. He administers the clinical shadowing program for undergraduates, serving as the liaison between the hospital and the medical school admissions office. He recently received recognition from the dean of the medical school for his work mentoring students as a faculty advisor.
In 1981, a year after earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Goblirsch was accepted at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine and earned his MD in 1985. As a medical student, he met his wife, Terese Andrle, MD, then a medical student at Northwestern University.
Two years after completing his residency at Loyola University Health System in 1990, Dr. Goblirsch moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he spent a decade teaching anesthesiology and working at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center. At the medical center, he was promoted to chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and served on the credentialing committee.
After accepting a commission in the Air Force in 1991, Dr. Goblirsch became a flight surgeon in 1996. He transferred to the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, of which he is currently the chief of aerospace medicine. While in the Air Force, he received many awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal for saving the lives of 28 Iraqi children during a chlorine gas explosion in Baghdad and the Combat Excellence Award for accompanying both Navy Seal teams and Army Green Beret teams on missions in Iraq. He was also named an honorary member of the Royal Air Force after caring for wounded Royal Marines. Dr. Goblirsch has been credited by the Air Force with 58 combat missions and has been promoted to colonel.
Dr. Goblirsch has four children and considers his greatest accomplishment to be his marriage to his wife, Terri.