Sean Conley

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Sean Conley
Sean Conley receives Romanian Emblem of Honor (wide crop).jpg
Conley receiving a Romanian Emblem of Honor for his role in saving a Romanian soldier injured by an IED blast in Afghanistan
Physician to the President
Assumed office
March 28, 2018
Acting: March 28, 2018 – May 4, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byRonny Jackson
Personal details
Sean Patrick Conley

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s)Kristin Conley
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BS)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsRomanian Emblem of Honour

Sean Patrick Conley is an American physician and United States Navy officer who is the incumbent Physician to the President.[1]

Early life[edit]

Conley was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central Bucks High School East,[2] and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.[3]

Conley received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.[4] He is a 2013 graduate of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia. He received the Honor Graduate Award, Nurses' Choice Award for Outstanding Senior Resident Award, and the Resident Research Award.[5]

Military career[edit]

In 2014, he served as an emergency physician with the International Security Assistance Force at Kandahar International Airport outside the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to NATO Role 3 MMU, and was appointed head of the trauma department. The unit won a commendation from the Romanian Land Forces for saving the life of a Romanian soldier injured by an improvised explosive device in 2014.[3] He served as the research director at Portsmouth Navy Department of Emergency Medicine prior to his assignment to the White House Medical Unit.[6]

Physician to the President[edit]

Conley became the Physician to the President upon Ronny Jackson's nomination for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.[7] He became the acting White House physician on March 28, 2018 and on May 4, 2018 became the Physician to the President.[8]

On May 18, 2020, President Trump surprised listeners when he revealed he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against COVID-19.[9] He confirmed that he was taking it under the guidance of Conley, who later issued a confirmation.[10] Several medical warnings[11][12] had been issued on its use for treating COVID-19 and scant research for its use in its prevention.


  1. ^ Conley, Sean P. [@davidspunt] (February 8, 2019). "Just In: After an annual physical exam that took up much of the afternoon, the White House physician says President Trump is in good health. Memorandum just released" (Tweet). Retrieved February 8, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Honor Rolls". Doylestown Intelligencer. December 13, 1995. p. 9.
  3. ^ a b Houston, Whitney (July 2, 2014). "NATO Role 3 hospital team saves Romanian soldier". Regional Command South, U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2009). 2008 Annual Report (Report). Philadelphia, Pa. p. 37. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Aspillaga, Rosel Jovin (June 28, 2013). "NMCP Residents Graduate, Now Specialists in Emergency Medicine". Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, U.S. Navy. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Notre Dame Magazine class notes, 2000s
  7. ^ Korade, Matt (April 29, 2018). "Ronny Jackson will not return as Trump's physician, Politico reports". CNN. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Navy veteran DO is serving as President Donald Trump's physician". May 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Karni, Annie; Thomas, Katie (May 18, 2020). "Trump Says He's Taking Hydroxychloroquine, Prompting Warning From Health Experts". The New York Times. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Conley, Sean (May 18, 2020). "Memorandum" (PDF). Retrieved May 19, 2020 – via The New York Times.
  11. ^ Commissioner, Office of the (April 24, 2020). "Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine for COVID-19: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Cautions Against Use Outside of the Hospital Setting or a Clinical Trial Due to Risk of Heart Rhythm Problems". FDA.
  12. ^ "Hydroxychloroquine plus Azithromycin | Coronavirus Disease COVID-19". COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
Military offices
Preceded by
Ronny Jackson
Physician to the President