I assume you’ve been reading articles about Sean P. Conley, D.O., Physician to the President.
What jumped out at me besides how evasive he was in the widely reported spectacle billed as a press conference was the ginormous seal he was wearing on the white hospital jacket.
Here are some snippets from The NY Times article: What to Know About Sean Conley, the White House Physician (subscription).
He is a doctor of osteopathic medicine
Dr. Conley graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006, according to records from the Virginia Board of Medicine. (Note: It is not among the top rated DO schools. HB)
While their training is similar, doctors of osteopathic medicine, or D.O.s, differ from traditional medical doctors in that they are trained to look at the body and its care holistically rather than prescribing medicine for specific symptoms or illnesses.
He supported Mr. Trump’s taking hydroxychloroquine
In May, Dr. Conley gained attention after revealing that Mr. Trump had started taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, while under his care.
In a letter in May discussing Mr. Trump’s use of hydroxychloroquine, Dr. Conley said he and the president had “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”
At the news conference on Saturday, Dr. Conley told reporters that Mr. Trump was not taking hydroxychloroquine.
“We discussed it,” Dr. Conley said. “He asked about it. He’s not on it now.”
I can imagine that there are more than a few other doctors and medical staff at Walter Reed who may look askance at him for sporting his big badge. Maybe not. I am cynical and would be embarrassed to wear what I consider to be an ostentatious badge like that.
Depending on how humble he is and willing to heed the recommendations of doctors who know more than he does I can hear someone mocking him saying “I’m the president’s doctor, whoopee-doo.”
I am sure he has a finely honed bedside manner attuned to Trump’s personality, but some truly horrendous doctors are great interacting with their patients and their medical acumen is not so great. I mean this is the hydroxychloroquine doctor.
I also wonder how these members of the team felt as they lagged along quite some distance behind Conley as he led them in their internationally viewed march.
I wonder what they were thinking when they had to stand dutifully behind him as he smiled while giving his evasive report about just how well his patient was doing.
On another subject, while I don’t doubt that Walter Reed is a very good hospital with highly qualified staff, if I was the president and had a choice I’d want to be treated at one of the very best hospitals in the country, nearby Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins which is also rated as one of the best hospitals in the world.
In closing, I want to wish that Donald Trump leaves the hospital as a truly healthy person in every way.