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Fire Her and Yank Her License

01/06/19 9:44 AM


Is practicing medicine a right or a privilege?  

Most physicians treat it as a privilege. They appreciate being given the responsibility of earning a patient’s trust and caring for them.  

In reality, once a physician has passed the requirements to practice medicine, it is a qualified right. If the physician conforms to established norms, they are allowed to continue practice.  

The vast majority of physicians conform to established norms. It doesn’t mean we are all saints. Some physician are bigots, racists, misogynists, etc. Yet, almost all treat their patients with competence, dignity, and respect. 

And not all patients are loveable or even likeable. We take care of murderers, drug addicts, philanderers, child molesters, and just plain mean people. Not because we like doing it. We don’t. We do it because that’s what our profession demands. 

Which brings me to the case of Cleveland Clinic resident, Lara Kollab. She engaged in anti-semitic invective on Twitter.  

“May Allah take back (end the lives) of the Jews so we stop being forced to go to those unclean ones,” she wrote in one of the tweets, as documented by Canary Mission, an anti-hate watchdog that exposes anti-Semitism online.  She once wrote that “Allah will kill the Jews” and “Allah will take the Jews who exiled us from our country.” 

But the uncovered tweet that cost her her job was: 

“Hahha ewww… I’ll purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds” 

The Cleveland Clinic took action: 

“When we learned of the social media post, we took immediate action, conducted an internal review and placed her on administrative leave. Her departure was related to those posts and she has not worked at Cleveland Clinic since September,” the clinic said in a statement to Fox News. 

Apparently, there were other comments on social media which she since deleted.  

It’s unclear whether Ms. Kollab had a bona fide medical license or just a training certificate, valid for use solely at the residency program sponsoring her. 

While I do not believe people should be punished for mere thoughts (meaning thoughts that do not turn into action), when a doctor makes comments that suggests she will intentionally abuse the trust placed in her, that has crossed a line. Whether it is idle banter, intentional mischief that does not cause damages, intent to commit malpractice, or intent to commit murder, that has no place in our profession. It is unprofessional, dangerous, or both. 

The burden should be on Dr. Kollab to prove she is worthy of a patient’s trust. This will be a high bar for her. One likely not addressed by a weekend course in sensitivity training. 

What do you think?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD

Dr. Jeffrey Segal, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Medical Justice, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. In the process of conceiving, funding, developing, and growing Medical Justice, Dr. Segal has established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on medical malpractice issues, counterclaims, and internet-based assaults on reputation.

Dr. Segal holds a M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed a neurosurgical residency. Dr. Segal served as a Spinal Surgery Fellow at The University of South Florida Medical School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the AOA Medical Honor Society. Dr. Segal received his B.A. from the University of Texas and graduated with a J.D. from Concord Law School with highest honors.

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Crystel
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Crystel

Absolutely fire her and yank her license. What patient, Jewish or not, would feel comfortable being treated by someone who has made comments like that. Who will trust her? I understand we all flippantly say things, but that’s like joking about a bomb on an airplane these days–its just NOT something you do. When we are in the public eye and have people’s lives/health in our care, we must be held to a higher standard. We all make choices. When you choose to behave in such a fashion, you choose the consequences also.

SAS
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SAS

Canary Mission is itself a hate website which tries to damage and when possible, destroy the careers and reputation of people in academia critical and opposed to Israeli human rights abuses and war crimes against Palestinians and other Arabs. I urge readers to educate themselves about the smear campaigns this website has initiated against critics of the Israeli government and its human rights record. Dr Lara Kottab’s comments are troubling but no evidence of any crimes committed by her exist at this time. Her comments were probably rooted in her anger at Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. It is probably the… Read more »

DSH
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I think you will find yourself in the minority here buddy. Her statements stand on their own merit. It doesn’t matter what a website has said or done nor do ones religion or political beliefs.

Barry Berman
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Barry Berman

This is great sentiment until you realize that she was very serious in her belief. The reality is the “Palestinians “ are taught to kill the Jews not to coexist in peace. They have walked away from multiple peace agreements only wanting to destroy the state of Israel. The land they claim for their state is Jordan There were no Palestainians living there before 1948. The other Arab leaders refused to take them in as refugees as they want to keep the political process to destroy Israel. Read your bible. The Jews have inhabited the land way before Mohammed created… Read more »

steven teitelbaum
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steven teitelbaum

You are 100% correct with everything you say. It is a shame how few Jews understand this.

SAS
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SAS

Mecca and Medina were never Jewish. Israel is occupying the Palestinians, not the other way around.

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

It seems odd to me to hear someone claim that the Palestinians don’t want to coexist in peace, when the Palestinians are asking to be allowed to return to their homes and villages to live in peace, while Israel and its supports are the ones saying there has to be separation and maintenance of a Jewish majority state (in this land where non-Jewish families were the majority).

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

Well said, SAS. While her comments years ago were abhorrent, I, an American Jewish physician, find our support for the actual killing of Palestinian men, women and children to be even more abhorrent. I hope some good comes of this. I hope more people come to realize that Israel’s making and keeping Palestinian families refugees from their home and killing so many of them is completely inconsistent with any of our moral values.

Joe Horton
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Joe Horton

Perhaps you’d be good enough to detail for us the “actual killing of Palestinian men, women and children” to which you refer. Do you mean the deaths that resulted from firing missiles back at the sites from which Palestinians fired them on Israel? In case you’ve forgotten, those would be the homes of people the Palestinians don’t like, so they launched rockets from their homes, knowing the Israelis had the technology to target missiles back to the sites whence the first missiles came. Who is culpable in that setting, Steven? Or perhaps you mean the deaths that result when Palestinians… Read more »

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

I was referring to Israel’s killing of Palestinian men, women and children. Human lives. People who are refugees from their homes because we Jews expelled them from their homes and villages and made and keep them refugees from those homes. I think we are culpable for that and, as Americans, culpable for supporting/enabling the killing. I look forward to the day when there is peace and justice for we Jews AND for our Palestinian brothers and sisters. If we aren’t for peace, security and justice for EVERYONE, what are we?

Joe Horton
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Joe Horton

Survivors, Steve.

SAS
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SAS

Thank you for your support, Dr Feldman !

neil z
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neil z

You are clearly a self hating Jew with no idea of the reality on the ground. You need to go visit Auschwitz and walk into the gas chamber and stick you head in the ovens. I think you perspective will be different after.

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

I am Jewish and have visited Auschwitz (as well as Ramallah, Hebron and Palestinian refugee camps). My Jewish morality and the lesson of the Holocaust color my perspectives of how we should react to the posts Lara Kollab made years ago as she watched fellow Palestinians be killed by Israel. Jewish morality and the Holocaust tell me that no one should be mistreated, not even Palestinian families. What Kollab posted (years ago) is unconscionable, but she didn’t kill anyone (as far as I can tell). The support of physicians for actual killing seems much more heinous to me. If physicians… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

If this were 1938 you would have been an officer in the Jew for Hitler club.
The Palestinian situation is completely irrelevant to a debate over the fate of a physician who threatens to use her practice of medicine to harm.

Dr Cliff
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Dr Cliff

Becky is 100% correct.

Jeff H
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Jeff H

SAS,
Your first sentence attacked an entity/person(s) – that is Canary Mission; and hence avoided to debate the real ISSUE**. This is a textbook example of Ad Hominem. More disturbing, I feel like I am reading a press release by a PR firm or an attorney. Last part is just a mere guess and I could be wrong. I just question why a medico-legal article & debate forum suddenly turned political (by only one person…namely SAS)
** ISSUE here is how to deal with a doctor who posts hate on social media

SAS
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SAS

Canary Mission’s own website is full of personal attacks against Israel’s critics. Visit it if you do not believe me.

Jeff H
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Jeff H

Looked up Canary Mission website and various social networking postings. You are incorrect. They expose practices of anti-Israel activists and pro-Hamaz. I do not see personal attacks against anyone who says the truth. They call out lies. And this is what I will do now. I call you out for spreading lies on this medico-legal forum. Name one example of a personal attack against an honest person from their website. ONE. I actually wasn’t aware of Canary Missions until I was alerted to by you. I now follow them on social media. I kinda like them. Not to distract from… Read more »

Dr Cliff
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Dr Cliff

It isn’t difficult to figure out what to do about the Jew hating anti Israeli physician. Yank hospital privileges. Yank her license to practice medicine in the USA. And if she isn’t an Americal citizen, deport her. We don’t want her in our country.

Bay Becky
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Bay Becky

One doctor threatening to harm any patient harms us as a profession. Many African Americans remain wary of the medical profession due to the Tuskegee experiments over 50 years ago. She took the Hypocratic Oath, this shows she did take it overly seriously
Pull her license. Let her flip burgers.

neil z
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neil z

Your response reeks of anti semitism, denial of Israels right to exist and typical left wing media portrayal of reality. Israel does what it has to do to protect is people and boarders from Hamas and Hezbollah who have vowed to wipe her from the map and kill all Jews. The typical bullsh-t denial of Israel right to exist is a non starter. Thank God Israel is nuclearized and has one of the most advanced militaries in the world. I for one will always feel safe as Jew as long as Israel exists. This woman’s tweets are hateful and anti… Read more »

Barry Berman
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Barry Berman

I agree 100%. The problem is Israel has to defend itself from the hundreds of rockets reigning down on innocent people. Where are the do gooders going in and removing the Palestinian Hamas – Hezbaloh rockets threatening Israel. Why are they not going in to facilitate the Peace process? The United Nations is only blaming Israel where is the commendation of the Palestinian’s for the rocket attacks. I don’t see the United Nations going after Syria for killing its own people. I don’t see the United Nations going after Russia for taking over part of the Ukraine. Please explain why… Read more »

neil z
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neil z

Barry: The fact that other governments in the region abuse human rights and slaughter their own people without notice from the media, the UN, or other governments, and put Israel under the microscope and hold us to a higher standard is IN ITSELF anti semetic. Where is the outrange for what has transpired in syria? Human right abuses in SA and Egypt? The whole paradigm is so ridiculous it boggles my mind. Israel is the only constitutional democracy in the entire region, a support of LGBTQ rights and womens right, and a free market economy. W T F ?

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

People speak out at many injustices around the world; the problem we have is the people who defend only the injustices committed by Israel. Many people are horribly outraged by what is happening in Syria. Tons of folks are outraged by the human rights abuses of Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that we Americans have supported the Saudi dictatorship (out of our addiction to oil). Just because injustices are happening in other areas doesn’t make it right to make and keep Palestinian families refugees from their homes. Lara Kollab’s comments become — not justified– but understandable when you look from… Read more »

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

As a Jew, I see absolutely nothing anti-semitic about thinking it is wrong to expel peaceful non-Jewish families from their homes, nothing anti-semitic thinking it is wrong to make and keep those families refugees from their homes. Kollab’s comments– just words as far as I can tell– were anti-semitic and have no place in medicine; support for actually killing Palestinian human beings is far worse.

Dr Kagan
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Dr Kagan

We all heard that you’re a Jew. You have mentioned it few times now. I am pretty sure you’d be one of those Jews that helped Nazis round other Jews. You clearly clueless on a subject. You know nothing about Israel (judea and Samaria) and clearly you know nothing about TransJordaninas and Egyptians that call them selves Palestinians .

Marcel Admoni
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Marcel Admoni

Ms Kottab should NOT take care of people if she even thinks to express this kind of rhetoric. She should be NO medical doctor.

Ralph
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Ralph

I thought this discussion was about Lara Kottab threatening to kill Jews. Doesn’t that concern you? Why are you trying to change the subject. And ultimately, you excuse her because she is angry. Angry or not, if you threaten to kill patients,you have to leave practice. Ever heard of Charles Cullen or Michael Swango? Google it.

Dr.Phil
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Dr.Phil

What does the Canary Mission have to do with the admission “I’ll purposely give all the (Jews) the wrong meds ? Re ipsa loquitur . Our obligation as physicians is to care for patients regardless of race,religion or political beliefs. If you can’t do that or if can rationalize that statement,you don’t deserve the privilege of practicing medicine.

retired
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retired

This “physician” doesn’t understand the concept of medicine, or healing. She deserves to have her license taken. Unfortunately when someone is filled with this much hate without reason, other than propaganda and brainwashing, there is usually no redemption or return possible.

If she showed up in my OR I would treat her fairly, well and impartially.
If showed up in her OR she would try to kill me. It doesn’t get any more stark or plain then that!

Allahu Akhbar
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Allahu Akhbar

She should not be allowed to care for anyone in the US. No license, no training, no second chance. Let her practice in Gaza. She likely will be celebrated as a martyr there.

Sheila Calderon
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Sheila Calderon

Hi Y’all
I want action when intent to harm is posted. Antisemitism should not be tolerated in this country by our profession. As always we must demand the best from ourselves and go after those with ill intent.
All the best

Barry Berman
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Barry Berman

I agree. As a Jewish doctor I have taken care of many Muslim patients without thought of their religion. They were patients who needed my expertise as a doctor.

Andrew Conti
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Andrew Conti

I agree there is no place in medicine for that kind of hatred. I have my own beliefs, but over the decades I have been practicing Internal Medicine, I have always kept politics, religion and social opinions on a neutral platform when talking with or about patients. I am here to treat an “individual”, not a stereotype. If she were under my employ I would have fired her immediately.

Jeff H
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Jeff H

As in many other fields, doctors must maintain professionalism at even higher standards. Medical schools are not immune to sociopaths. Docs are obligated to remove these rotten apples; whether sociopaths, chemically impaired, or simply lacking moral turpitude (including hate). After all, practicing medicine requires full trust of patients.

A physician-patient relationship will not be viewed as proper if a potentially dangerous doctors like Dr Lara is allowed to practice again.

“Do No Harm” basic rule is not applicable when you intend to give wrong Rx!!!

ss rr
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ss rr

Her words were troubling and hateful, especially when she threatened to give the wrong meds and intentionally harm patients. However, I am interested in what the program knew about her. Was she someone that was developing a mental health disorder? Was this normal behavior for her? Had others heard her say these things in the past? Was this a sudden change in her personality? What were her interview process and recommendations and references like? As Jeff said above, we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and we don’t always like the people we treat. Does she need psychiatric… Read more »

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

I think this article helps puts her comments into perspective: https://heavy.com/news/2019/01/lara-kollab/. Surely it’s horribly wrong to make statements suggesting you would mistreat other people. It should be clear that it is also horribly wrong to support the actual killing of Palestinian men, women and children. At least that’s the perspective I have based on my Jewish upbringing.

Ari
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Ari

Hey Steven, should Israelis not kill those people who suicide bomb school buses? Should we Jews lie down and die under attack?

You feel free to do so. I on the other hand will side with those who fight back. We are not the aggressors. Other than worldwide antisemitic sympathies which have colored the popular narrative of the Israeli-Arab conflict for over 100 years, there is virtually no accurate evidence to support your viewpoint.

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

Thanks, Ari. I share your commitment to security for Jewish families. However, my Jewish values teach me to have an equal commitment for peace and security for non-Jewish families. All the killing should stop. It is wrong to kill Israelis and just as wrong, perhaps even more wrong, for Israel to kill so, so many more Palestinians, especially since we made and keep those families refugees from their homes and villages. You clearly believe that “we are not the aggressors.” I was taught that, too, and used to believe it. But we came to a land full of non-Jewish families… Read more »

neil z
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neil z

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?

Hillel

SAS
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SAS

Myself, I think Dr Kollab should be suspended and disciplined. But her career should not be destroyed. The doctor has the potential to do some good if she repents.

SAS
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SAS

If her posts were made a long time back, she deleted them, did not harm anyone and apologized for them, then perhaps this whole thing should be let gone of. Like I said, it was the anger over Israeli war crimes talking, probably not her.

Marcel Admoni
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Marcel Admoni

The only perspective is whether she ‘imagines’ herself harm other people. Once she expressed this kind of thoughts – action should be taken to prevent her from acting on it.

steven teitelbaum
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steven teitelbaum

Reminds me of a night as an intern in the ER. I was alternating patients with the other resident on call, a black woman. The next patient would be mine. She was grabbing a catnap. A “SHPOS” (as a doctor’s website i expect you all will know what this means) came in with a big facial laceration from a beer bottle in a bar fight. He was shirtless and had a big tattoo across his chest that said, “I Hate N-word.” I knew what i had to do. I woke up my colleague, explained the situation to her, and she… Read more »

Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM
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Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM

The female wasp looks for the appropriate live caterpillar to Inject her single egg, while the caterpillar is still alive. Eventually, the egg hatches and consumes the Caterpillar from the inside out. This is the metaphor for Palestinians, who themselves have been injected with the hate virus. Actually, Jew hate is the most persistent cultural virus in history, and it renews itself with each new generation. This medical graduate is the standard representative of the hate virus. My understanding is that she graduated from a medical college with a very intensive Jewish founding. This in itself is highly ironic. She… Read more »

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

I think using insects as a metaphor for other human beings is a terrible thing to do. In this case, it is the pot calling the kettle black. If anything has injected Jew hate into Lara Kollab, it is her watching Israel kill her fellow Palestinians and her watching us support that killing.

Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM
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Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM

It is obviously poetic license. And it is apt and true. Regarding your second comment, the two sides are at war. War (unfortunately) can and will result in accidental deaths from “friendly” fire and directed deaths of enemy combatants.

Characterizing them as murder does not necessarily mean they are murder. It is just the opinion of the political Left which does not believe Israel itself has a right to exist.

Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM

retired
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retired

This resident graduated from Touro Osteopathic College from the news reports, which is a Jewish affiliated medical school. Clearly she kept Palestinian hatred for Jews cloaked for a long time. Clearly also she was indoctrinated with hatred which even her medical school education did not erase. She let her true feelings out in social media, and she expressed a desire to harm Jewish patients. She has no place in medicine. Her comments on social media were her postings not postings from Canary Mission. I have never bought into the propaganda of Israel mistreating Palestinians. Israel brought in food, and medical… Read more »

SAS
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SAS

Brigitte Gabriel ? The Lebanese immigrant who claims Arabs have no souls and who real name is changed from Hanan Kahwaji ? The Middle Eastern newcomer who openly supported the Trump administration’s travel ban on entire nationalities claiming immigration of Semites was a bad idea ?

I wonder who is being ”anti Semitic” now ?

Jeff H
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Jeff H

Another example of Ad Hominem. I am not familiar with Bridgette but I ended up visiting her website. We can challenge facts and issues she presents. But why would we attack her character and background and try to discredit her just because she is a right-leaning immigrant? What does name-changing have anything to do with issues she debates?
Again, Ad Hominem is a weapon of a weak person.

Mark W
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Mark W

Forget all the political discussion and just look at this situation as simple as a doctor who is publicly declaring that she would consider harming a patient. It goes against every thing physicians are taught and the very oath we take when we receive our MD degree. This is shameful and she should not be allowed to treat or touch or be involved with any patient care in any way, shape or form. As a physician, this is horrible. There are routine situations where doctors try their best to treat patients who are criminals, have different beliefs or may actually… Read more »

SAS
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SAS

This story helps deflect attention away from the real issue – US official and corporate support for Israeli war crimes and murder and land theft against the Palestinian people which often extends into the medical field. Israel has attacked medical professionals in the territories it illegally occupies and besieges and the siege of Gaza is itself a public health catastrophe.

SAS
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SAS

I am curious to know where the outrage was three years ago when the US Air Forces bombed and destroyed a hospital in Afghanistan run by Doctors without Borders, killing some forty medical professionals and patients. Or when Tarek Loubani, a Lebanese Canadian doctor was shot by Israeli occupational forces, or the killing of Razan al Najjar in Gaza.

Or the mass murder by Israeli American physician Baruch Goldstein in 1994 of over a dozen worshippers in Hebron.

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

You make great points, SAS. You can even see in the comments on this list the kind of support for Israel’s killing of Palestinians that would make someone like Lara Kollab think the way she did. What’s worse? Her horrible words (that she wrote years ago), her contrition, and no apparent actual harm committed against any patient, or the actual support for Israel’s killing of men, women and children after first making and keeping those families refugees from their homes we see coming from people on this page? By the way, I got to visit the West Bank and Hebron… Read more »

SAS
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SAS

Thank you, Dr Feldman !

Marcel Admoni
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Marcel Admoni

SAS and Feldman: this is a Medical Justice blog with medico-legal-ethical issues to discuss. Stop injecting (and deflecting) into it your political views.

Steven Feldman
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Steven Feldman

Marcel, I appreciate your thoughtful comment. I think we are discussing important medico-legal-ethical issues here. If Lara should not be permitted to practice medicine because of “words”, wouldn’t that mean physicians who support actual killing should be sanctioned at least as much? If people can’t trust Lara to give them good care because she made statements in the past, doesn’t it make sense that people wouldn’t be able to trust doctors who are supporters of actual violence against Christian and Muslim Palestinian families? The fact that we countenance people who right here in this discussion supporting Israel’s killing of Palestinian… Read more »

SAS
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SAS

My point exactly, Dr Feldman. Dr Kottab has apologised for her comments, removed them on Twitter and expressed her sympathy for anyone offended by them.

By contrast, people openly supportive of US and Israeli war crimes seldom face flak for supporting the twin horrors of war and occupation.

sp pr
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sp pr

Her words were troubling and hateful, especially when she threatened to give the wrong meds and intentionally harm patients. However, I am interested in what the program knew about her. Was she someone that was developing a mental health disorder? Was this normal behavior for her? Had others heard her say these things in the past? Was this a sudden change in her personality? What were her interview process and recommendations and references like? As Jeff said above, we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and we don’t always like the people we treat. Does she need psychiatric… Read more »

EasyE
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EasyE

There are good and bad people in all walks of life, and we as physicians must treat all humans equal. And as human physicians, we sin and have our own inherent biases, but these can NEVER affect how we treat or intend to treat our patients. If a murderer were exsanguinating in the ED after a GSW, do we let him die? No. You save a life, and leave the judgement for the courts, and eventually God. If a physician in training broadcasts their prejudice and intent to harm, repetitively, they must be removed. Nice call Cleveland Clinic.

Jeffrey Segal
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Jeffrey Segal

My original point in writing was simple. The doctor-patient relationship is based on trust. The intern squandered that opportunity, even if she was just a young and foolish. Is she safe for a medical practice? I don’t know. But it should be HER burden to demonstrate. And it will be a tall burden. My analysis does not change even if no one was supposedly harmed by her SO FAR. As an intern at the Cleveland Clinic, she was probably not in much of a position to cause harm. And even more so, how would one ever know? Eventually all doctors… Read more »

Jeffrey Segal
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Jeffrey Segal

Back to the medico-legal ramifications. My educated guess is that the Ohio Board of Medicine will take no action. Why? The fired intern’s license is a limited one. It’s an institutional permit conditioned on her being employed by the Cleveland Clinic. She’s no longer employed there. So the license will soon lapse without further action on its part. Further, the fired intern is in no position to cause direct patient harm at the Cleveland Clinic. It is settled law that a private entity can fire an employee who brings disrepute to the employer because of online speech. There are exceptions.… Read more »

Michael Rosenblatt, DPM
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Michael Rosenblatt, DPM

Medical Justice points to a logical analysis of Cleveland Clinic’s action at firing the intern due to her online hate speech and actual threats against Jews. Other important aspects not discussed, even if Jewish counsel seeks to get her re-hired based upon free speech statutes is that free speech is covered under GOVERNMENT aegis, not private enterprise. Even though Cleveland Clinic does receive Government funding for some of its programs, it is not specifically a Government agency, like a Veteran’s hospital, by way of example. Another concern is specifically medical-legal. Assuming that this doctor took part in even a minority… Read more »

Michael Rosenblatt, DPM
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Michael Rosenblatt, DPM

As a brief note, it is possible to STRONGLY REFUTE charges of “war crimes and illegal occupation” by the Jews of Israel, both by their Government and by previous wars and various treaties. Several comments have been made here with allegations of such improper activities by Israel. I have refrained from commenting on these because they are off-topic. However, it is difficult to leave them “un-refuted.” I would refer readers interested in these comments to Professor Alan Dershowitz, a registered Democrat. He has refuted each of these allegations as befits a legal scholar well versed on the history and law… Read more »

steven teitelbaum
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steven teitelbaum

We’ve strayed off-topic into politics. Let’s get back to the issue. She was not fired for holding an unpopular political belief. Nor was she fired for hate speech. She was fired for threatening violence. That crosses a distinct line.

This discussion is not about her freedom of expression; indeed she was never told to stop saying anything. Firing her was removing an imminent threat to their patients.

JBS
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JBS

I think only through free speech can people exchange thoughts,ideas and concerns. You can entirely disagree with someone’s comments while affording her the right to say whatever you might think is stupid, horrible or amoral. However, I think the physician was unwise to think that people would not respond to the possibility that she might actually give patients wrong medications on purpose. If she would have said I do not like treating Jewish patients, I could more easily chalk that up to thinking that may not fit my thinking. However, intentionally giving patients the wrong medications can result in morbidity… Read more »

Jeffrey Segal
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Jeffrey Segal

Ms. Kollab is free to say what she wants. No one is censoring her speech. The Cleveland Clinic removed her from any opportunity, however remote, to make good on threats to the Clinic’s patients. As a private “citizen”, the Clinic is well within its rights to decide the type of decorum it demands of its employees. Whether the State can disgorge Ms. Kollab of a property right, her license (even if merely an institutional permit), the threshold will be higher and possibly will rise to a free speech matter. But some speech can be censored by the state if it… Read more »

Craig D
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Craig D

Just her statement that she feels people of a certain religion deserve to die would make one want to examine her patients’ charts carefully to make sure her patients are all getting competent and caring treatment. However, her statement that she feels it’s appropriate to give harmful treatment intentionally clearly makes her a public menace were she to have a medical license, which can be a license to kill in the wrong hands. Not only should she not hold a medical license, but her patients’ charts should be reviewed to make sure she hasn’t acted on her feelings and intentionally… Read more »

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