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White House fights Parkinson’s rumors

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PResident Biden’s halting performance at the June 27 debate has sparked speculation that he may be suffering from symptoms of a degenerative neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s. But the White House denies that Biden is being treated for Parkinson’s, or that he has been examined by a neurologist beyond his latest routine physical.

Some of that speculation has centered on White House visitor logs that show a neurologist at Walter Reed Medical Center visiting the president’s personal medical unit at the White House several times in late 2023 and early 2024.

Dr. Kevin Cannard, an expert in treating movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, met with President Biden’s personal physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, at the White House on Jan. 17 at 5 p.m., according to visitor logs. Also participating in the meeting was Dr. John E. Atwood, a cardiologist at Walter Reed, according to the records. White House records show Dr. Cannard also visited the residence’s clinic on March 28 and made six other visits over the preceding months. The entries in the logs were first reported by The New York Post.

It is unclear whether Dr. Cannard has visited the White House in recent weeks. White House visitor logs, which the administration voluntarily posts on the White House website, show visitors through March. More recent records have not yet been released.

Cannard has been part of the broader medical team of White House physicians since 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile. The White House did not explain why Cannard had made near-monthly visits to the White House during that time.

“A wide variety of Walter Reed system specialists visit the White House complex to treat the thousands of military personnel working in the field,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement.

Bates said Biden is not being treated for Parkinson’s and has not been seen by a neurologist outside of his three routine annual physicals when, like other presidents, he was examined by a panel of doctors with different specialties. Bates also said no exams have found Biden to show symptoms of Parkinson’s. “We do not provide the dates that the President is seen by the set of specialists involved in his physical, nor do we provide their names. But there have been no visits to the neurologist other than the one for his physical,” Bates said.

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