White House shoots down Parkinson’s hypothesis with clarification of specialist physician visits | EUROtoday

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The former US Army physician with a specialty in motion problems who has visited the White House a number of instances did so to conduct neurological exams on President Biden as a part of his annual bodily, Physician to the President Dr Kevin O’Connor has stated.

In a memorandum to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre launched late Monday, O’Connor stated Dr Kevin Canard’s visits to the White House clinic have been a part of his duties because the neurological specialist chargeable for the “extremely detailed neurological examination” which Biden underwent throughout his February 2024 examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Seeing patients at the White House is something that Dr Cannard has been doing for a dozen years. Dr Cannard was chosen for this responsibility not because he is a movement disorder specialist, but because he is a highly trained and highly regarded neurologist here at Walter Reed and across the Military Health System, with a very wide expertise which makes him flexible to see a variety of patients and problems,” O’Connor wrote.

O’Connor additionally stated Cannard has been the specialist who examined Biden throughout every of the annual physicals he has undergone since taking workplace in January 2021, and famous that Cannard’s findings have been made public “each time” the outcomes of Biden’s physicals have been launched.

He added that Cannard additionally usually visits the White House Medical Clinic “in support of the thousands of active-duty members assigned in support of White House operations,” together with “many military personnel” who “experience neurological issues related to their service.”

“We value the contributions he has made across the many patients he has treated in support of the White House and its personnel over the years,” he stated.

The letter from Dr O’Connor was launched hours after a contentious press briefing throughout which Jean-Pierre flatly denied that President Joe Biden is being handled for, or has been identified with, the neurological dysfunction Parkinson’s illness after reporters pressed her on why Cannard, a specialist who’s a motion problems fellow at Emory University, had visited the White House on a number of events.

“Has the president been treated for Parkinson’s? No. Is he being treated for Parkinson’s? No, he’s not. Is he taking medication for Parkinson’s? No,” she stated after a heated back-and-forth with reporters over why Dr Kevin Cannard, a former navy officer who’s a medical physician with experience in neurological and motion problems, visited the White House Medical Unit’s clinic as soon as a month from final July by means of this previous March.

Cannard’s title was listed within the White House customer logs, that are public information launched by the Biden administration frequently, however Jean-Pierre declined to substantiate whether or not he’d even been on the White House for any purpose, citing what she described as “security concerns” and privateness issues for the a whole lot of navy personnel who work on the White House campus and obtain care by means of the White House Medical Unit.

“I’m not going to confirm a name. It doesn’t matter if it’s even in the log. I am not going to do that from here. That is not something I am going to do,” stated Jean-Pierre, who stated Biden has seen a neurologist on three events at the side of his annual bodily, and stated the documentation the White House has launched after every of these physicals is “in line” with medical data launched beneath the George W Bush and Obama administrations.

“But I am not going to devolve somebody’s name or confirm someone … It doesn’t matter how hard you push me. It doesn’t matter how angry you get with me from here. I’m just not going to do that. It is inappropriate. It is not acceptable. So I’m not going to do it,” she stated.

Concerns concerning Biden’s well being and psychological acuity come after the president’s dismal debate efficiency in Atlanta on June 27. During the controversy, Biden appeared confused and frail, dropping his prepare of thought at instances and talking with a raspy voice.

At least one among Cannard’s visits was to see Biden’s doctor, Dr Kevin O’Connor, customer logs present, however it stays unclear if Cannard was there to talk particularly about Biden or for unrelated causes. Cannard’s LinkedIn web page states that he has supported the White House Medical Unit for greater than 12 years and his profile on a web site for well being professionals known as Doximity states that he was a “neurology consultant to the White House Medical Unit and the physician to the president” between 2012 and 2022.

Obama administration information reveal that Cannard visited 10 instances in 2012, 4 instances in 2013, and as soon as in 2014, in line with The New York Times.

Cannard met with O’Connor on January 17 this yr, in addition to Walter Reed heart specialist Dr John Atwood, in addition to one other individual on the White House residence clinic, in line with the logs.

Biden had his annual bodily on February 28, after which O’Connor stated there have been “no findings” in line with Parkinson’s or different neurological problems.

“A wide variety of specialists from the Walter Reed system visit the White House complex to treat the thousands of military personnel who work on the grounds,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates stated in an announcement to The Times.Bates didn’t tackle the visits by Cannard straight however stated that Biden “has been seen by a neurologist once a year” throughout his annual bodily.

”That examination has discovered no signal of Parkinson’s and he’s not being handled for it,” the spokesperson stated.

During Biden’s time in workplace, “there have been no neurologist visits besides the one for his physical per year, three in total,” Bates added.