Barack Obama’s former long-time doctor responded to Joe Biden’s recently released medical records, taking issue with an assessment by the former vice president’s physician that the 77-year-old Democrat is “healthy.”
“He’s not a healthy guy,” said Dr. David Scheiner, who was Obama’s personal doctor for 22 years before he became president. “He’s not in bad shape for his age, but I wouldn’t say he’s in outstanding health. Could I guarantee he won’t have issues for the next four years? He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there.”
Scheiner based his remarks on a three-page letter from Biden physician Kevin O’Connor, who called the former vice president a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old” who is physically up to the demands of the presidency.
Biden is “fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief,” O’Connor wrote.
But Scheiner pointed to the letter’s acknowledgement that Biden receives treatment for irregular heartbeat and high cholesterol and deals with acid reflux. The letter noted the presidential candidate’s already public history of aneurysms and use of blood thinners while also disclosing a previously unknown surgery for an enlarged prostate.
The O’Connor letter stated that Biden “received multiple physical therapy treatments and surgeries, for various sports medicine and orthopedic injuries,” but did not provide details on those treatments and surgeries.
According to the report, Biden had “several localized, non-melanoma skin cancers removed with Mohs surgery,” for which he “continues to receive close dermatologic surveillance” because “he did spend a good deal of time in the sun in his youth.”
The report did not mention an MRI, despite Biden’s two aneurysms in 1988, one of which nearly killed him.
“I had no idea Biden had such a history. My goodness gracious, he’s got a lot of history,” Scheiner said, who expressed concern about Biden’s potential for strokes and mentioned he would like to see MRI or CAT scan results, along with sleep study results due to the former vice president’s sleep apnea prior to getting surgery on his sinus and nasal passages.
The recent doctor’s letter also omitted reporting on Biden’s vision, despite the subconjunctival hemorrhage that caused his left eye to fill with blood during a CNN town hall in September. Biden blamed the incident on a contact lens mishap.
O’Connor’s letter echoed an assessment from earlier this year by Biden’s brain surgeon, Dr. Neal Kassell, who claimed his patient is “every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago.”
“I haven’t seen any change. I can tell you with absolute certainty that he had no brain damage, either from the hemorrhage or from the operations that he had. There was no damage whatsoever,” Kassell said.
O’Connor has also previously stated that Biden “is in excellent physical condition.”
Biden has faced doubts about his mental aptitude, fueled by a penchant for gaffes.
In August, he impressed audiences with a dramatic war story that never happened. Of the event Biden was recalling, Washington Post writers noted, “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”
Also in August, Biden mistakenly claimed Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated in the “later 70s.” In another incident, he asked “What’s not to like about Vermont?” when he was actually in New Hampshire.
Scheiner has said he would also like to see the health records of President Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.
Presidential candidates typically employ letters from their doctors to inform the public about their health. There is no uniform way in which this is handled, and some candidates provide more information than others.
During the 2016 race, then-candidate Trump’s doctor declared that his patient would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The president is currently 73 years old.
Warren, 70, made public a one-page medical report this month that called the Massachusetts senator “in excellent health.” Warren did not provide a detailed medical history, but merely made passing reference to a thyroid disorder for which she is taking medication.
Sanders, 78, has not released his medical records yet, despite having had a heart attack in October.
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