Ronny Jackson

Ronny Jackson
Ronny L. Jackson.jpg
Physician to the President
Assumed office
July 25, 2013
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Jeffrey Kuhlman
Personal details
Born Ronny Lynn Jackson
(1967-05-04) May 4, 1967 (age 50)
Levelland, Texas, U.S.
Spouse(s) Jane Ely
Residence Silver Spring, Maryland
Education Texas A&M University (BS)
University of Texas Medical Branch (MD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1995–present
Rank US Navy O7 infobox.svg Rear admiral (Lower)
Unit Medical Corps
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4)

Ronny Lynn Jackson (born May 4, 1967) is an American medical doctor and United States Navy admiral who is currently serving as Physician to the President. First appointed on July 25, 2013, by Barack Obama, he was retained by Donald Trump after his election in 2016.[1]

Jackson was born and raised in Levelland, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a degree in Marine Biology. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, graduating in 1995.

Jackson is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is designated as a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He currently holds faculty clinical appointments with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Harvard School of Medicine-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program.

Naval career[]

Jackson departs Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with President Barack Obama in 2015

Jackson began his active duty naval service in 1995 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, where he completed his internship in Transitional Medicine. After completing his internship at a Transitional residency program in 1996, he went on to become the honor graduate of the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program in Groton, Connecticut. Uniquely qualified in Submarine and Hyperbaric Medicine, his subsequent operational assignments included, instructor at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida; det. officer in charge and diving medical officer at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 in Sigonella, Italy; and diving safety officer at the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk.

In 2001, Jackson returned to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center to begin his residency in emergency medicine, finishing at the top of his class and receiving the honor graduate designation. Upon completing his residency in 2004, he was assigned as clinical faculty in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2005 he joined the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From there he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the emergency medicine physician in charge of resuscitative medicine for a forward deployed Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon in Taqaddum, Iraq.

In 2006, while still in Iraq, Jackson was selected as a White House physician. Since arriving at the White House, he has directed the Executive Health Care for the President’s Cabinet and Senior Staff, served as physician supervisor for the Camp David Presidential Retreat, held the position of physician to the White House and led the White House Medical Unit as its director. He has served as White House physician during the past three administrations and was the appointed physician to the president for President Barack Obama. He currently serves as the appointed physician to the president for President Donald J. Trump.[2]

Awards and decorations[]

US Navy Dive Medical Officer.png Navy Diver Medical Officer Badge
United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png Parachutist Badge
US - Presidential Service Badge.png Presidential Service Badge
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold award stars
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold award stars
Joint Meritorious Unit Award-3d.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with one bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon with two bronze service stars
Navy Expionary Medal ribbon.svg Navy Expionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one service star
Bronze eagle atop globe covering anchor
Iraq Campaign Medal with Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two service stars
Bronze star
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with one service star
Bronze star
NATO Medal for Yugoslavia Service with one service star
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


  1. ^ "Trump is keeping Obama's White House doctor for now". STAT. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  2. ^ "Who is Trump's doctor, White House physician Ronny Jackson?". Newsweek. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jeffrey Kuhlman
Physician to the President