Moskowitz told STAT that Trump is known by him and that he helped put together the group that met.
“He’s familiar with me, and I’m familiar with him,” Moskowitz said.
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Moskowitz said that when Trump wanted to have a meeting with the health care leaders of America, he was called in to wrangle participants together. He declined to speak in detail about his connection or state whether he is a member of the opulent club in Palm Beach of Trump.
“The staff knows that I can be expected to determine who would be better to bring to the assembly,” Moskowitz said.
Few details have emerged in the meeting — a transition official told reporters that participants discussed veterans health difficulties, along with Dr. David Torchiana, the Partners CEO, said in a brief interview using a Boston Globe reporter that the team also discussed biomedical research.
At Trump’s news conference last week, he said both of the participants — Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, along with Ike Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment — have been “very involved” in veterans health difficulties.
Moskowitz did not want to have into the facts throughout his interview using STAT.
“The four people who were there were not enough to provide proper responses to [Trump’s] outstanding inquiries,” Moskowitz said. He declined to state what those questions were.
Moskowitz has kept out of the spotlight; he’s not a policy wonk or a college scientist, but a doctor who has been practicing for years and created a name for themself.
“He is among the favorite general practitioners in the city,” explained Steven Stolman, a writer and designer who resides in Palm Beach. When Stolman was looking for a family physician back in the ’90s, Moskowitz was advocated as “the family doctor emeritus of Palm Beach.” (Stolman ended up picking a different physician for fiscal reasons.)
Moskowitz sits on the boards of nonprofits alongside billionaires and counts among his patients that the owner of the Boston Bruins. Moskowitz told STAT that he has personal relationships with many CEOs of health associations in the country.
But even his son stated that he was amazed that Moskowitz was in a meeting with Trump.
“He did not tell me he was doing this assembly, so I did not understand,” explained Aaron Moskowitz. “I understand he has met Donald Trump formerly through the years. I didn’t feel that they understood each other really, really nicely. I believe it is interesting at least.”
The elder Moskowitz said that he doesn’t know if his experience is going to be called on again, and that he did not understand why he was selected to help with the assembly, that he’s no role with the transition team. Moskowitz did not give money to Trump’s effort, according to federal records, and he contributed to Democratic contenders.
He’s more renowned in medicine than ideology; STAT talked with nearly a dozen of his acquaintances, such as practicing doctors, business executives, and a former college president, all of whom described Moskowitz in nothing short of glowing terms: “quite highly admired,”“really only quite colorful,” and “a notable physician.”
Moskowitz, 68, got his medical degree at the University of Miami and completed his internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. He’s board certified in internal medicine.
Through time, he’s been involved in an assortment of health projects — an iPhone program to help patients find the closest emergency attention, a site that shows the closest clinical trials, and a recorder to monitor medical-device security issues — while maintaining a private practice.
Dr. Kenneth Beer, a West Palm Beach dermatologist who believes himself a friend and Chairman of Moskowitz, said that the physician “has among the very dedicated practices of anyone I have ever seen. He’s readily available for his patients 24/7.”
Beer stated that, since many leaders at America have homes in Palm Beach, doctors such as Moskowitz and himself wind up focusing on patients, such as CEOs and hospital donors.
One of Moskowitz’s colleagues said he understood concerning the Trump meeting a week. Dr. Steven Rosenberg, a West Palm Beach dermatologist, was kicking around a health care reform proposal for the past few decades. (It’s summarized on his site along with a Change.org request that has over 100 supporters.)
At the urging of a patient, Rosenberg said he chose it’d be a fantastic idea to attempt to find the program. This has been in mid-December.
So Rosenberg known as Moskowitz, figuring that his colleague that was well-connected would understand someone close to the president-elect.
It just so happened that Moskowitz has been scheduled to meet about a week up with Trump along with the health care executives. Rosenberg said the suggestion was taken by Moskowitz to the assembly. Moskowitz couldn’t be reached for comment about the narrative of Rosenberg.
The physician expected that it was somebody, possibly from Trump’s group, following up on his strategy when a STAT reporter first known as Rosenberg. Rosenberg said he noticed that the team was “interested,” but he did not understand who’d be calling him or if.