Who is Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician?

Who is Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician?
Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, briefs reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh/AP)

Dr. Sean Conley is the physician treating President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump as they battle the coronavirus.

He oversees the president’s health as leader of the White House Medical Unit.

But who is Dr. Sean Conley?

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Conley is an osteopathic physician and Navy officer who became the official doctor to the president in May 2018. He succeeded Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson who was nominated for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Conley is head of the White House Medical Unit which consists of 22 staff. The president’s doctor typically comes from a branch of the armed forces.

Conley, who is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, studied at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.

He completed the emergency medicine residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2013 where he earned several awards. He later served as an emergency physician in Afghanistan. In 2014, his unit was awarded a commendation for saving the lives of several Romanian soldiers who were injured by an improvised explosive device.

Earlier this year, he was scrutinized for using the controversial hydroxychloroquine treatment on Trump even though the president was not infected with the virus at that time. The Food and Drug Administration had warned against the use of the anti-malaria treatment.

“The potential benefit from the treatment outweighed the relative risks,” Conley wrote in a memo at the time.