Biden physician releases letter explaining Parkinson’s specialist

After a negative news cycle stretching into days and a disastrous White House press briefing Monday, President Joe Biden’s physician spoke out about the neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s disease visiting the Executive Mansion.

White House physician Kevin O’Connor released a letter Monday night explaining that the specialist, Dr. Kevin Cannard, took part in Biden’s annual physicals “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.”

Dr. O’Connor also said the president did not see a neurologist outside his annual physicals and that Biden’s last physical found no signs of Parkinson’s.

According to visitor logs, Cannard visited the White House eight times in an eight-month span between July and March of this year, including one visit with Biden’s personal physician. O’Connor said Cannard has been seeing patients at the White House “for a dozen years,” which suggests some of his visits were to see other people.

In a related matter, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) released a statement Sunday alleging that O’Connor was involved in business dealings with the Biden family “that resulted in $200K landing in Joe Biden’s bank account.”

Comer called on the physician to appear before the committee and provide requested documents and communications related to his involvement in the Biden family’s financial activity.

“The Oversight Committee is concerned your medical assessments have been influenced by your private business endeavors with the Biden family,” he wrote.

Chaos ensued during Monday’s press briefing when White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre battled with suddenly inquisitive reporters, citing privacy concerns in refusing to identify Dr. Cannard or release any details of his visits.

In his letter, O’Connor said he received permission from the president and Cannard to confirm the neurologist’s identity and the nature of the visit.

“To protect patient privacy for the thousands of patients of the White House Medical Unit and the physicians who treat them, normally we do not disclose the names of specialists we work with,” he wrote.

Tom Tillison


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