Obama's physician to stay on during Trump administration

President Donald Trump will retain the current physician to the president, STAT reports.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told STAT President Trump plans to keep Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD, for now. Dr. Jackson served as physician to the president under President Barack Obama beginning in 2013, and served as a White House physician under President George W. Bush. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and served in the U.S. Navy in Iraq, overseeing resuscitative medicine for a forward-deployed Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon.

Most physicians to the president are military, which makes Dr. Jackson an appropriate choice, President Trump's previous physician Harold Bornstein, MD, told STAT. Meanwhile, Dr. Bornstein is making headlines over at The New York Times, for divulging the secret behind President Trump's hair — the prostate drug finasteride, which promotes hair growth .

Dr. Bornstein also told The New York Times the president takes antibiotics for rosacea and a statin to maintain cholesterol and lipid levels. Dr. Bornstein first gained national media attention after writing a letter about President Trump's health from the backseat of a limousine.

President Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," Dr. Bornstein wrote.


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