SMHS professor serving as President Joe Biden’s doctor

Updated: March 11, 2021 at 12:27 p.m.

President Joe Biden has named a School of Medicine and Health Sciences doctor to be his physician, officials announced last week.

Kevin O’Connor, an associate professor of medicine and of health, human function and rehabilitation sciences, has been serving as Biden’s personal doctor since Inauguration Day in January, according to a University release. The release states O’Connor, who first served as Biden’s physician during his vice presidency, is overseeing the White House’s medical unit.

“When we are on a movement, we work hand-in-glove with the United States Secret Service for what’s called executive protective medicine, providing emergency medical planning and coverage for all of the president’s trips,” O’Connor said in the release. “That’s the part that makes it unique and different from the responsibilities of a typical primary care physician. That’s what makes it a tactical job.”

The release states that O’Connor served in the U.S. Army for 22 years before becoming a part of the White House team. O’Connor continued to serve as the Biden family physician after Biden’s term as vice president ended.

O’Connor is remaining a faculty member within the medical school during Biden’s administration because of a federal regulation allowing federal government employees to maintain simultaneous positions in higher education and the government, the release states.

This post has been updated to clarify the following:
This story has been updated to clarify that O’Connor has been serving as the president’s personal doctor since Jan. 20.

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