President Trump will use the same White House doctor who cared for former President Barack Obama, Dylan Scott writes for STAT News.
The president's doctor
The president may select his or her physician. Some past presidents, including Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, have kept the personal physicians they had before taking office. But many others have used a military doctor.
According to Scott, the president's doctor is always on call. He or she travels with the president domestically and abroad in case his or her medical expertise is needed, Scott writes.
The president's doctor also often leads the White House Medical Unit, a smaller-scale urgent care center inside the White House that cares for people who need medical assistance on the premises, including visitors and journalists.
Trump to keep Obama's doctor
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told STAT News that Trump will use the same physician who cared for Obama in his second term.
Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy, was appointed by Obama in July 2013. Previously, he worked in the White House Medical Unit under Obama and former President George W. Bush.
Jackson has a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and was deployed in the Iraq War during the Bush administration. He has been awarded multiple commendations for his military service.
Before taking office, Trump had been treated by his personal physician, Harold Bornstein, since 1980. Prior to that, Trump was treated by Bornstein's father, Dr. Jacob Bornstein.
In December 2016, Bornstein said he had not been invited to care for Trump in Washington, D.C., and he confirmed that again last week. The White House declined to comment on whether Bornstein was still providing care for Trump.
Bornstein said as president, it makes sense for Trump, as commander-in-chief, to have a military doctor. "That sounds perfect to me," he said (Scott, STAT News, 2/2; Altman, New York Times, 2/1).
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