Bornstein has been under scrutiny since he revealed he spent “five minutes” writing the four-paragraph letter that Trump claimed would be a “full report” on his health.
The letter contains a number of anomalies that have drawn attention to Bornstein’s background and credentials.
Bornstein, for example, implies he’s a staff member at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Division of Gastroenterology, according to CNN’s medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta says he checked and Bornstein’s not affiliated with the division.
The revelations are the latest in the heated debate over the health of each candidate.
Trump 70, would be the oldest person in the nation’s history to be elected president, surpassing President Ronald Reagan who was a few weeks shy of 70 when he took office.
Clinton, 68, would be younger than Reagan by eight months. She turns 69 in October.
Trump raised the stakes today when he Tweeted this morning (Aug. 29), challenging Clinton to release her full medical records.
“I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records,” Trump wrote. “I have no problem in doing so! Hillary?”
Given Trump’s duplicity on the issue, the Clinton campaign expressed skepticism that he will make a full disclosure as he’s promised. Trump insists Clinton should release her records first.
Last December, Trump made a similar promise on Twitter. “As a presidential candidate, I have instructed my long-time doctor to issue, within two weeks, a full medical report-it will show perfection,” he wrote.
The four-paragraph Bornstein leter contains few details about Trump’s health and has been widely criticized by health professionals for using terminology that showed a lack of medical expertise.
Among some of the anomalies, Bornstein’s father Jacob, a doctor, also appears with Bornstein on the letterhead. But he has been dead since 2010.
Bornstein signed the letter using the initials “F.A.C.G.” a common designation used by ACG Fellows.
Bornstein told NBC News he allowed his fellowship to lapse, but still continued to use the designation because he thought it had “value.”
Gupta confirmed his misuse of the designation on CNN .
“Interestingly, we called that particular organization [and] he hasn’t been a member there in over 20 years, since ’95 now,” Gupta said.
He also lists under his name Lenox Hill Hospital’s “Section of Gastroenterology,” although the actual name is the “Division of Gastroenterology.”
He has no affiliation with the unit, according to Gupta.
“He does have admitting privileges at the hospital but he’s not [part of that section],” he said.
Bornstein is still licensed to practice medicine as a medical doctor, according to The New York Daily News. But he’s licensed as a gastroenterologist, not a general practitioner.
That may account for the nature of his letter, which also contains a glaring typo. It begins “To whom my concern” instead of the the proper “To Whom It May Concern.”
The doctor proclaimed Trump had “astonishingly excellent” lab results and said he would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
All his tests, he added, came back “positive,” which could also mean a negative outcome, Gupta said.
In contrast, Clinton’s personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, wrote a detailed two-page letter last month summarizing Clinton’s treatment for a brain concussion, blood clots affecting her legs and brain on separate occasions, an under-active thyroid gland and a family history of heart disease.
Bardack concluded that Clinton suffered from no serious health issues that would prevent her from carrying out her duties as president, according to The New York Times.
Check out Dr. Gupta’s report, the doctor’s letter with annotations and a report from MSNBC’s Rachel Madow.
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