WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is bringing in his longtime doctor Kevin O’Connor as the President of the White House as his new doctor, fulfilling a traditionally low-key role that has become the source of controversy under the Trump administration.
O’Connor, who was Biden’s doctor for more than a decade, will replace Dr Sean Conley, a White House official said. Conley has faced criticism for giving the public conflicting information about the state of former President Donald Trump’s health after Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19 and hospitalized last October.
O’Connor began becoming Biden’s physician in 2009 when he was appointed then Vice President’s physician and spent more than two decades in the military. Once Biden left the White House, O’Connor continued as his doctor and retired from the military. His hiring was first reported by ABC News.
Conley replaced Dr Ronny Jackson as Trump’s White House doctor in 2018. Jackson said earlier that year that Trump was in “excellent” health despite his statement that the president needed to lose weight because he was almost obese.
Trump named Jackson his secretary of veterans affairs, but Jackson withdrew his appointment following charges of drinking alcohol at work and overprescribing medication to patients. Jackson is now a member of Congress in the Texas House.