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O’Connor named White House physician; ’88 Bona’s alum was Biden’s doctor as VP

Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Kevin O'ConnorDr. Kevin O’Connor, ’88, physician to Joe Biden when he was vice president, has been named President Biden’s White House physician.

O’Connor was the physician to the vice president from 2009 to 2017 and White House physician from 2006-2009 during the Bush administration. He was inducted into SBU’s Seneca Battalion ROTC Hall of Fame in 2019.

O’Connor has been an associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2017, and taught previously at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

O’Connor attended St. Bonaventure on an Army ROTC scholarship, completing a major in biology and minor in theology. He served as class president and founder/director of the campus Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) and received a military commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Since January 2020, O’Connor had been serving as the medical director of St. Bonaventure University’s Franciscan Health Care Professions program, a role that will likely be modified given his additional responsibilities in Washington, D.C.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2020, St. Bonaventure was named the #2 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.