Ronny Jackson picked by Trump to lead the VA: What to know about the president’s physician

President Trump gave Dr. Ronny Jackson a clean bill of health in March – to run the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A Navy rear admiral, Jackson is the president’s personal physician who rose to prominence after he addressed the press from the White House briefing room in January to discuss Trump’s health. While Jackson said the president needs to lose some weight, he said the physical exam he conducted showed overall that Trump was in good physical and mental health.

But Jackson has run into some issues with his Senate confirmation hearing. The hearing has been delayed after questions have arisen about his conduct and ability to manage the agency. 

According to The New York Times, Jackson has been accused in the past of overseeing a hostile work environment as White House physician, including allegations of drinking on the job and allowing the over-prescription of drugs. 

Trump fired Secretary David Shulkin on March 28, and Robert Wilkie is serving as interim secretary until Jackson is confirmed.

Read on for a look at three things to know about the physician.

He has a marine biology degree

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson as he boards Marine One to leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., after his first medical check-up as president. On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and tweeted that Jackson is his nominee to replace Shulkin. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dr. Ronny Jackson has served as a White House physician for the past three administrations.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

From Texas, Jackson, 50, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a degree in marine biology, according to his Navy biography. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with his medical degree in 1995.

That same year, Jackson joined the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center – located just outside Chesapeake, Virginia – which kicked off his active duty military career. It was there that he finished an internship in transitional medicine.

Later, he would return to the naval center to complete his residency in emergency medicine, graduating at the top of his class in 2004.

Jackson is a veteran

Jackson was deployed to Iraq after he joined the 2nd Marines in 2005, according to his Navy biography.

He served as the emergency medicine physician in charge of resuscitative medicine for a forward deployed Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon.

He’s been a White House physician since Bush

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks with his physician Dr. Ronny Jackson (R) as he departs after visiting wounded members of the military at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC1C8C449800

Former President Barack Obama appointed Ronny Jackson (right) to position of physician to the president.  (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

While still in Iraq, Jackson was tapped as a White House physician in 2006. He has overseen the physicians for Camp David presidential retreats, led the White House Medical Unit and directed the executive health care for the Cabinet and senior staff members, according to his biography.

It was former President Barack Obama who selected Jackson to fill the position of physician to the president.

Fox News’ Joseph Weber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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