Playa del Rey resident Dr. Michael W. Rubottom has been appointed chief of medicine at the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center Marina Campus in Del Rey.

Rubottom, who previously worked in private practice in Beverly Hills and was on staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital for the past 17 years, said he enjoys taking care of patients in the surrounding communities. He helped to organize patients and medical staff in keeping the Centinela Freeman Marina Campus open when Tenet Healthsystems proposed to close the hospital in 2002.

“In regard to the hospital movement to ‘Save Our Marina Hospital,’ our patients and medical staff are all proud to know that we all fought to keep this hospital open for the community,” Rubottom said.

Rubottom is a graduate of Cornell Medical University, now called Weill Cornell Medical College, and is in private practice in Marina del Rey.

Born in El Cajon near San Diego, Rubottom was an apprentice engineer trainee at Hughes Aircraft before deciding to become a physician.

Prior to attending medical college, Rubottom studied at the University of Rio de Janeiro, where he became fluent in Portuguese. He also speaks fluent Spanish. While studying medicine at Cornell Medical College in New York, Rubottom researched the infectious disease leprosy in the mountains of Bahia, Brazil.

He is married to Julie Inouye, a community activist who spearheaded the Save Our Marina Hospital movement. The couple has two daughters, Kortney and Chandler.