Ronny L. Jackson, MD, FAAEM
Physician to the President and Chief White House Physician
Doctor Ronny Jackson is Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and currently assigned to the White House, where he serves as the appointed Physician to the President and Chief White House Physician. Doctor Jackson completed his undergraduate training at Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he majored in Marine Biology. He then attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, graduating in 1995. During that time he served as the President of the student chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and upon graduation received the award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine.
After completing his first year of residency training at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 1996 and receiving the “intern of the year” award, he went on to become the Honor Graduate at the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program, in Groton, Connecticut. Uniquely qualified in hyperbaric and submarine medicine, his subsequent operational naval assignments have included serving as the Diving Medical Officer with Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Special Operations, Naval Special Warfare, and Navy Salvage Diving teams, stationed in Norfolk, Groton, Panama City, Pearl Harbor, and Sigonella, Italy.
In 2001, Doctor Jackson returned to the Naval Medical Center at Portsmouth to complete his residency in Emergency Medicine, finishing at the top of his class and receiving the Honor Graduate designation. He then continued in the residency program, as attending physician, responsible for teaching and the clinical training of fellow physicians. Doctor 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.
Just prior to reporting for duty at the White House Medical Unit in the summer of 2006, Doctor Jackson was assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps 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, he gained unique skills and a vast trauma experience as he managed multiple combat injuries on a daily basis.
Since arriving at the White House, Doctor Jackson has directed the Executive Health Care for the President’s Cabinet, 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 and Commanding Officer. On July 25th, 2013 Doctor Jackson was formally appointed by President Barack Obama as Physician to the President.
Raised in West Texas, he now resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Jane, and their three children, Libby, Ben, and Matthew.