President Biden’s Doctor Reportedly Met with Parkinson’s Disease Expert at White House

By: May Man Published: Jul 07, 2024

It was reported on Saturday that Joe Biden’s doctor met with a prominent Washington neurologist at the White House earlier this year.

This report follows Biden’s decision on Friday to forgo an independent cognitive test and its public disclosure, a decision made after his less-than-stellar performance in a recent presidential debate with Donald Trump.

Dr. Kevin Cannard’s Visits to the White House

According to visitor logs reviewed by the New York Post, Dr. Kevin Cannard, a Parkinson’s disease specialist from Walter Reed Medical Center, met with Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s long-time physician, at the White House residence clinic on January 17.

A photograph of the White House

Source: Wikimedia

Since August 2023, Cannard has visited the White House eight times, meeting with Megan Nasworthy, a liaison between Walter Reed and the White House, on seven occasions, including his most recent visit in late March.

Biden Continues to Reject Cognitive Testing

Biden has consistently refused to take a cognitive test, a stance he first expressed in August 2020 when he responded to a reporter’s question with: “Why the hell would I take a test?”

A photograph of Joe Biden pulling an unusual face

Source: Wikimedia

He has maintained this position and, according to aides, has not undergone such a test during any of his three annual physical exams in office.

Cognitive Testing Hasn’t Been Recommended

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that a White House aide stated that O’Connor, who has been Biden’s doctor since 2009, has never recommended a cognitive test for the president.

A photograph of Joe Biden onstage

Source: Wikimedia

O’Connor has said that his primary role is to offer Biden an affirmative “Good morning, Mr. President” each day to help him start on the right track.

Biden Responds to Questions About Cognitive Tests

In an interview with ABC News on Friday, anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Biden if he had undergone any specific cognitive tests.

A photograph of Joe Biden

Source: Wikimedia

Biden replied, “No one said I had to … they said I’m good.”

“I get a cognitive test every day”

When asked if he would consider an independent neurological and cognitive exam and release the results, Biden said, “I get a cognitive test every day.”

Joe Biden sitting for a portrait photo in front of the American flag.

Source: The White House/Wikimedia Commons

He added, “Everything I do – you know, not only am I campaigning, but I’m running the world,” and insisted, “I’ve already done it.”


Pre-Approved Interview Question

On Saturday, further scrutiny arose when two radio hosts who interviewed Biden on Thursday revealed that the Biden campaign had provided a list of approved questions. Wisconsin radio host Earl Ingram said that Biden’s aides had given him a set of four predetermined questions, with no room for negotiation.

President Biden pointing index finger

Source: Alex Wong, Getty Images

“They gave me the exact questions to ask,” Ingram told the Associated Press. Philadelphia radio host Andrea Lawful-Sanders said she received a list of eight questions and approved four of them. Both interviews were designed to rehabilitate Biden’s image following his lackluster debate performance.


Common Practice

Biden campaign spokesperson Lauren Hitt defended the practice, stating that it is “not at all an uncommon practice for interviewees” and that accepting the questions was not a condition for the interview.

US President Joe Biden smiles during an interview

Source: @ParamountPlus/YouTube

However, the interviews were structured to highlight Biden’s achievements among Black voters.


Trump Fights with Sarcasm

On Saturday, Trump sarcastically urged Biden to “ignore his many critics and move forward, with alacrity and strength, with his powerful and far-reaching campaign.”

A photograph of Donald Trump at an event

Source: Wikimedia

Trump’s campaign also launched attack ads against Vice President Kamala Harris, who is polling better against Trump.


White House Defends O’Connor’s Decision

Earlier this year, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended O’Connor’s decision not to administer a cognitive test. This followed a report by special counsel Robert Hur, which described Biden as a “well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.”

The White House seen at night with its lights on.

Source: Tabrez Syed/Unsplash

The White House had previously pushed back against Hur’s report, accusing him of a partisan smear campaign. Biden responded at a news conference, “I’m well-meaning, and I’m elderly, and I know what I’m doing,” adding, “My memory is fine.”


Visits Sparks Concerns

The eight visits by Dr. Cannard over the past 11 months have raised additional questions about the 81-year-old president’s mental capabilities, especially in light of his debate performance and subsequent verbal slip-ups, including a radio interview where he mistakenly claimed to be the “first Black woman to serve with a Black president.”

Kamala Harris on left and Joe Biden on right

Source: @VP, X

Cannard, who has been the “neurology specialist supporting the White House medical unit” since 2012, has published academic research on the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.


Accusations of Mental Health Issue Cover-up

Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson, who served as White House doctor under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, has previously called for Biden to undergo a cognitive exam and accused O’Connor and Biden’s family of attempting to “cover up” mental health issues.

US President Joe Biden speaks during a video interview

Source: @JoeBiden/YouTube

Jackson told the New York Post that he believes O’Connor and Biden “have led the cover up” and claimed that “Kevin O’Connor is like a son to Jill Biden – she loves him,” suggesting that they trusted him to manage the situation.