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He attested that President Trump can be the “healthiest president ever,” however he was later expelled from his orbit.

Katharine Q. Seelye

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Dr. Harold N. Bornstein in his office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 2016. He inherited Donald J. Trump as a patient from his father, with whom he shared the practice for many years.
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Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, who for a time was President Donald J. Trump’s private doctor and who had attested that Mr. Trump can be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” died on Friday. He was 73.

His demise was introduced on Thursday in a paid discover in The New York Times. The discover didn’t give a trigger or say the place he died.

Loquacious, hirsute and eccentric, Dr. Bornstein, a gastroenterologist, was Mr. Trump’s private doctor from 1980 to 2017. He had inherited Mr. Trump as a affected person from his father, Dr. Jacob Bornstein, with whom he shared a medical observe on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at Park Avenue and 78th Street.

When Mr. Trump was elected president in 2016, Dr. Bornstein had hoped to be named White House doctor and prompt as a lot to a longtime Trump assistant. But he was expelled from the Trump orbit after he disclosed to The Times that the president was taking treatment to make his hair develop.

Dr. Bornstein got here to public consideration in December 2015, throughout his well-known affected person’s marketing campaign for president.

Mr. Trump, a Republican, had been insinuating that Hillary Clinton, his probably Democratic opponent, didn’t have the stamina to function president. In response to questions on his personal well being, he ordered Dr. Bornstein to challenge “a full medical report.” Mr. Trump predicted that though he can be 70 when he took workplace, the oldest president ever to be inaugurated for the primary time, the report would present that the state of his well being was “perfection.”

He quickly launched a four-paragraph letter signed by Dr. Bornstein saying that his blood stress and unspecified lab take a look at outcomes have been “astonishingly excellent,” and that his power and stamina have been “extraordinary.”

Using hyperbole extra typically related to Mr. Trump than with the medical occupation, the letter added, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

The assertion, which Dr. Bornstein insisted he had written, introduced him a flurry of publicity. As time went on, the information media interviewed him about different matters.

In a collection of interviews with The Times in 2017, he mentioned that President Trump was taking a prostate-related drug, finasteride, to advertise hair progress — the identical drug that Dr. Bornstein himself was taking to keep up his personal shoulder-length locks.

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He informed The Times that he had had no contact with Mr. Trump since he had turn out to be president and that the White House had not requested him to ahead Mr. Trump’s medical information, as new administrations historically do.

He additionally complained of the poor seats he had been assigned for the president’s inauguration.

Dr. Bornstein later informed NBC News that two days after The Times article appeared, three representatives of Mr. Trump had “raided” his workplace and brought all of Mr. Trump’s medical information. They additionally informed him to take away an image he had on the wall of him with Mr. Trump.

“I feel raped,” Dr. Bornstein informed NBC.

White House officers informed NBC that no raid had occurred, that the lads had retrieved the president’s medical information as “standard operating procedure,” and that Dr. Bornstein had been cooperative.

Still, Dr. Bornstein mentioned he felt that he was being punished for speaking to The Times. He mentioned that Rhona Graff, Mr. Trump’s longtime government assistant and a senior vice chairman of the Trump Organization, had referred to as him after the article appeared and informed him: “So you wanted to be the White House doctor? Forget it, you’re out.”

It was after this collection of occasions, which came about over a few years, that Dr. Bornstein lastly mentioned publicly in 2018 what many had suspected all alongside: that Mr. Trump himself had written the letter saying he can be the healthiest president ever.

“He dictated that whole letter,” he informed CNN. “I didn’t write that letter.”

Harold Nelson Bornstein was born on March 3, 1947, in New York City to Dr. Jacob and Maida (Seltzer) Bornstein. From an early age he wished to be a physician, like his father. {A photograph} in his workplace confirmed him as a smiling younger boy holding a stethoscope to what seemed to be a teddy bear, in accordance with a 2016 profile of him on the medical information web site Stat. In highschool, he performed in a band referred to as Doc Bornstein and the Interns.

Dr. Bornstein went to Tufts for his undergraduate research, graduating in 1968, and earned his medical diploma there in 1975. He had a robust allegiance to the college, which 19 members of his prolonged household had attended through the years. He minimize a flamboyant determine on campus; was a superb scholar, if irreverent; and wrote poetry below the pseudonym Count Harold.

Dr. Bornstein ultimately joined his father at his observe in Manhattan and was on workers at Lenox Hill Hospital, additionally on the Upper East Side. His father at one level had lived in Jamaica, Queens, close to Mr. Trump’s boyhood residence, and a affected person of Jacob Bornstein’s is believed to have launched them. The elder Dr. Bornstein died in 2010 at 93.

Dr. Bornstein was pleased with the concierge medical observe he ran together with his father for greater than 50 years. “My greatest successes,” he mentioned in a 2017 interview with a Tufts medical faculty alumni journal, “have been avoiding managed-care medicine and refusing to have the conservative beard and haircut that my parents thought was necessary for success.”

Dr. Bornstein, who continued to make home calls, had a status for being exceptionally attentive to his sufferers. One former affected person, Evan McGlinn, who began seeing him in 1988, mentioned in an interview that physician visits all the time made him nervous and made his blood stress rise. He mentioned that Dr. Bornstein was conscious of this and would depart the inspecting room, solely to reappear in a prime hat and a rubber nostril.

“It would crack me up, and then my blood pressure would be normal,” mentioned Mr. McGlinn, who was a reporter for Forbes journal on the time.

Dr. Bornstein, who lived north of New York City in Scarsdale, was married 3 times, most not too long ago to Melissa Brown, who survives him. He can be survived by a daughter, Alix; two sons who’re additionally medical medical doctors, Robyn and Joseph; and two different sons, Jeremee and Jackson, in accordance with the revealed demise discover.

Dr. Bornstein was initially happy with the eye he obtained as Mr. Trump’s private doctor, although his notoriety later subjected him and his household to harassment.

The again of his enterprise playing cards, Stat reported, included his identify and under that, written in Italian, the phrase “dottore molto famoso” — which Dr. Bornstein translated as “very famous doctor.”