MaryPat Tobola


Lieutenant Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Site Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
Location: Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
Research Interests:
Medication errors/drug to drug interactions
Best educational applications for learning
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DNP - Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
MSN - USUHS, GSN, Bethesda, MD
BSN - Hampton University School of Va. Beach, School of Nursing


Lieutenant Commander MaryPat Tobola was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate from Hampton University College of Virginia Beach earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Prior to joining Navy Nurse Corps, LCDR Tobola was a staff nurse on the Telemetry Unit at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Chesapeake, VA. In December 2008, she was commissioned into the United States Navy Nurse Corps and reported to Newport, Rhode Island for Officer Development School in January 2009. LCDR Tobola’s first duty assignment was Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, where she worked as staff nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, there she received certification as Certified in Peri-Anesthesia Nursing (CPAN). In 2011, she deployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan with the 2nd Medical Battalion from Camp Lejeune North Carolina as a member of the Alpha Surgical Company. She was assigned to the Patient Evacuation Coordination Cell (PECC) as Assistant Officer in Charge and as a staff nurse in the Extended Care Ward Concussion Restoration Center on Camp Leatherneck. Following her deployment, LCDR Tobola served as Division Officer and Clinic Manager for the Plastic Surgery and Restoration Clinic at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. She spearheaded the Skin Care Champion Course that provided training to staff nurses in the appropriate application of wound dressings.
In November 2013, LCDR Tobola was selected for Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) for Family Nurse Practitioner Program from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Daniel Inouye School of Nursing, where she received her Master’s degree in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Upon graduation from USU in May 2015, LCDR Tobola transferred to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, Fleet and Family Medicine Clinic for her utilization tour. In May 2017, LCDR Tobola graduated from Old Dominion University Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Advanced Practice Program. Her evidenced based study of appropriate use of over-the-counter medications, was selected for podium and poster presentation by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference in 2017 and the Tri Service Nursing Research Program (TSNRP) in 2018. In 2017, LCDR Tobola deployed with the USNS Comfort in support of humanitarian mission in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
In 2018, LCDR Tobola transferred to Naval Branch Health Clinic Sasebo, Japan, serving as the only Family Nurse Practitioner of the five medical providers and served as the Administrative Department Head. In 2021, she transferred to USUHS Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing as the Phase II Site Director and Clinical Assistant Professor for NMRTC Portsmouth, VA. Recognitions include: Senior Nurse Corps Officer of the Year for Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2017, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (2), Operation Enduring Freedom, Global War Terror, Sea Service ribbon, NATO ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (2).