News & Updates

Back to All News

Joseph Gobern, MD, joins Main Line Health as system chair, OB/GYN

August 2, 2017 News Releases

Joseph Gobern, MD, MBA, FACOG, has been named the system chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology at Main Line Health, replacing Norman Brest, MD, who served as interim chair following the retirement of Nancy Roberts, MD, last December.

Dr. Gobern comes to Main Line Health from Novant Health WomanCare in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he maintained a large clinical practice focusing on minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He was also on staff at the Maya Angelou Women’s Health and Wellness Center, Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, and served as a clinical associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to this, Dr. Gobern was chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“With more than 17 years of health care experience in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Gobern’s clinical expertise along with his administrative and academic experience will support the advancement of Main Line Health’s clinical excellence in obstetrics and gynecology and reinforce our commitment to optimizing the health of the communities we serve,” said Andrew Norton, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Main Line Health.

Dr. Gobern has been an OB/GYN surgeon since 1999. He is an expert in the area of gynecologic laparoscopic surgery and has presented on the topic both nationally and internationally. A retired colonel in the US Army, Dr. Gobern devoted 29 years of service to the military and continues to serve as a consultant to the Army medical community. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Order of Military Medical Merit, and The Legion of Merit.

A graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Dr. Gobern completed an OB/GYN residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Wilford Hall Medical Center/Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. His fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery was completed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center/Holy Cross Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also received a master’s degree in business administration from the George Washington University School of Business.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
Office: 484.580.1025
Cell: 484.222.9154