Dr. Paul Church now expelled from four Boston area hospitals – over comments to colleagues at one hospital about its promotion of unhealthy, high-risk LGBT lifestyle.
Standing on principle while under pressure to repudiate facts.
The ideological corruption in the medical profession defies belief.
August 7, 2017
GREAT VIDEO: "The great lies and the cost of telling the truth." Dr. Paul Church describes his unbelievable ordeal -- and the dangers the medical community is ignoring. At the MassResistance Luncheon on 4/9/17.
The horrific treatment of Dr. Paul Church has become a nightmare – affecting him, of course, but ultimately all of us as well. Because he told the medical truth and refused to bow to political correctness on this critical public health issue, he has now been banned from four prominent Boston area hospitals and a urology clinic.
This is the frightening state of today’s medical profession.
Dr. Church is a urologist who was on the staff of several major Boston area hospitals and clinics for nearly 30 years. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He has done research on diagnosing prostate and bladder cancer, and has spoken to educational and civic groups on the subject of high-risk sexual behaviors.
In 2015, as we reported, Dr. Church was expelled from the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) where he had worked for 28 years. The reason? His comments to colleagues that homosexuality is medically unhealthy and that a hospital should not be promoting and celebrating that behavior in “gay pride” events and other hospital-sponsored activities.
Subsequently, he was expelled from two more Boston area hospitals, Brigham & Women’s Faulkner, where also had worked for 28 years, and Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham, where had worked for over six years. Both hospitals admitted that they did not expel Dr. Church because of anything he said or did at those hospitals. He had a perfect performance record. They expelled him because of his original comments made at BIDMC.
After being expelled by the three hospitals, Dr. Church needed a hospital for patient referrals. A fourth hospital, St. Elizabeth’s in Boston, made an offer in 2016 to bring Dr. Church onto their staff, but then abruptly cancelled it. He had been approved by hospital officials all the way up the ladder to join St. Elizabeth’s. Contracts had been signed and even business cards had been printed up. But as he was about to start work, he was informed that they had disapproved his credentialing. The administrators cited “other disputes” and his hiring was cancelled. Dr. Church later found out that hospital officials feared repercussions by the LGBT community for his views expressed at BIDMC.
He has also been dismissed from an independent urology clinic. In addition to the four hospitals, Dr. Church was asked to leave the staff of Men’s Health Boston, a urology clinic where he had been in practice for more than 10 years. He was told that the reason was his dispute at BIDMC. They told him, “We don’t agree with what you’re doing,” and that the BIDMC issue would be “bad for business.”
At no time throughout his career had Dr. Church ever been accused of any discrimination in his treatment of patients, nor had there been any complaints at all from patients.
Currently, Dr. Church continues to see some patients at a private office in suburban Boston. But without hospital staff privileges, he can no longer do hospital work or perform needed surgeries himself. His livelihood has been significantly impacted as a result.
The medical profession is out of control
What is going on?
Most people don’t realize how extensively the medical profession is ignoring critical medical and public health risks in favor of outrageous LGBT political correctness, and has even incorporated that ideology into their institutions.
All the major Boston hospitals now participate in the annual “Gay Pride Week” – a public display of sexual and emotional dysfunction. They also heavily promote LGBT events and issues internally.
And now we’re reeling from the transgender phenomenon, especially its terrible abuse of children in schools and by medical and mental health professionals. But the medical profession refuses to deal with this issue honestly.
Dissent regarding LGBT issues is not tolerated, even regarding medical facts. As Dr. Church observes, the medical community doesn’t care about the dangers, and is willing to accept the collateral damage their silence brings.
Information such as that contained in MassResistance’s book documenting the LGBT health hazards is almost completely absent from today’s medical facilities.
Instead, the medical establishment now promotes homosexuality as being natural and healthy. Deviant sexual practices are equated with normal heterosexual behaviors. We’re now being told that it’s only a problem when homosexuals engage in “unprotected sex”.
This unethical approach is good for business.
While throwing their unconditional support behind the LGBT movement, the hospitals also work hard to attract the “LGBT community” as patients. Major hospitals now cater to the wide range of “unusual” health issues resulting from common LGBT sexual practices and lifestyle. At the same, they advertise that they are providing LGBT patients a “safe” environment – safe from any information that might disturb their proclivities.
Here is one of the many “gay health” posts on the Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital website. They are proud to receive a high rating from the radical Human Rights Campaign.
How it all started: At BIDMC Dr. Church told the truth
It all started at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).
As we reported in 2015, Dr. Church brought up his concerns internally, to BIDMC hospital officials and staff, not publicly.
He cited irrefutable medical evidence that high-risk sexual practices common to the LGBT community lead to (among other things) a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS, STD's, hepatitis, parasitic infections, anal cancers, and psychiatric disorders. Promoting such behavior, he said, is contrary to the higher mission of the healthcare facility to protect the public welfare and encourage healthy lifestyles.
BIDMC never disputed the truth of Dr. Church’s medical statements. They did not claim that Dr. Church ever discussed this with patients, or treated patients any differently if they were involved in these behaviors.
Instead Dr. Church was told that his admonitions about homosexual behavior constituted “discrimination and harassment,” were “offensive to BIDMC staff,” and could not be tolerated.
In March, 2015, the hospital notified him he was being formally expelled from the staff. The appeal process, which lasted until December 2015, included detailed testimony by Dr. Church and other medical experts supporting him. The expulsion was ultimately upheld by the hospital’s Board of Directors. Members of the hospital’s “LGBT community” (a so-called “protected class” in Massachusetts) claimed they were “offended” by Dr. Church’s remarks about the medical consequences of typical LGBT sexual practices and behaviors.
Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital accuses Dr. Church of using “bad medicine”
In November, 2015, even before BIDMC had completed its appeal process, Dr. Church was notified by Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) that his reappointment was not being renewed; he was effectively being terminated.
He was told that his termination is “related to your dispute with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center” and that his “conduct” there “does not comport with professional standards and ethics.”
Dr. Church requested a hearing to appeal his expulsion, as allowed by the hospital by-laws. The hearing began in June 2016 and was finally adjudicated one year later – in June 2017.
At his hearing, BWFH doctors told Dr. Church that his statements made at BIDMC about the unhealthy nature of homosexuality were “unprofessional” and constitute “bad medicine.” They said that there is no innate unhealthiness to LGBT behavior, but that “unprotected sex” is the reason for any LGBT-related health problems. They ignored the information from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which he presented to them to back up his statements.
Dr. Church and his expert witnesses fiercely denied that he indulged in any “unprofessional conduct” or “bad medicine.” These claims against him, he said, are purposefully drawn from an absurd oversimplification and complete misrepresentation of the facts. It’s well documented that LGBT behaviors statistically result in an enormous increase in HIV/AIDS, syphilis, anal cancer, hepatitis, depression, suicide, domestic violence, and many other problems. In particular, as Dr. Church pointed out, it has a lot to do with promiscuity, a wide range of risk-taking behaviors, and the type of sex, i.e., anal intercourse. The “safe sex” message has been around for decades, and yet the latest statistics show no decline in the disease transmission rates (and even increases in certain STDs), especially among the homosexual males in the younger age groups and racial minorities. This cannot be explained away by lack of “education” or availability of condoms.
But unfortunately, all of this was ignored and rejected in both the BIDMC and BWFH hearings.
Aggressive and dishonest tactics used against Dr. Church
Dr. Church’s position makes common sense both from a medical and public health standpoint. He was punished with an unprecedented level of censorship for views held by other medical experts and supported by medical and scientific fact.
Thus, because their case against Dr. Church was so weak, the hospitals used very dishonest and overly aggressive tactics to get him removed.
1. Improper use of “Peer Review” process
Massachusetts, like most states, provides in its statutes (Ch. 111 Sec. 203) the requirement that hospitals have a “medical peer review” process. Its purpose is to respond to reports of conduct by a healthcare provider that indicates “incompetency in his specialty” or “might be inconsistent or harmful to good patient care” – and determine if his privileges should be suspended “in the best interests of patient care.”
The statutes also require (Ch. 111 Sec. 204) that the “proceedings, reports, and records” of the peer review process be strictly confidential – even immune from subpoena by a court!
Many hospitals around the country abuse this process. They dishonestly use the medical peer review process as a way punish or remove doctors for ideological or political reasons that have nothing to do with incompetence or patient care. Since all the proceedings and documentation surrounding the process is by law confidential, the doctor is unable to publicly defend himself.
The use of “sham peer reviews” to punish physicians has been strongly denounced for years by groups such as the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
Yet this is exactly what happened to Dr. Church at BIDMC, BWFH, and Beth Israel-Needham Hospital. When it came to actually caring for patients, none of the hospitals ever accused him of medical incompetence, or of endangering patients in any way. All of Dr. Church’s comments about homosexuality were within internal hospital communications involving administration and staff, and never with patients.
Yet BIDMC, BWFH, and Beth Israel-Needham Hospital labeled every single memo and document dealing with this process in any way as “Peer Review / Confidential.” This was clearly to protect the hospital’s reputation, not Dr. Church or his patients. He wanted complete transparency and public disclosure of everything.
2. Legal intimidation
Both BIDMC and BWFH held hearings after Dr. Church’s expulsion as part of the peer review “appeal” process.
The hearings were not “legal court cases” but attorneys from both sides were allowed. Dr. Church had one lawyer. The hospitals each brought in whole teams of lawyers from high-priced Boston firms. Both hospitals clearly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars each on legal fees, presented mountains of paperwork, and endless, often trivial, “exhibits” against him, to overwhelm the process. Someday, we’d love to see all that! That kind of legal intimidation and unlimited budget make it nearly impossible for even a highly respected physician like Dr. Church to come out on top.
3. Kangaroo court
On top of all the above, we were told that both appeal hearings were conducted by a panel of hospital-selected doctors and staff in an absurd, mostly hostile, “kangaroo court” style. They often curtailed the time allotted for Dr. Church and his attorney and extended the time for the hospital people. Dr. Church’s character witnesses were treated with disrespect. Key testimony was simply tossed out or not allowed. In short, we were told, their behavior clearly suggested that the appeal “hearing” was simply an aggravating formality that the hospital by-laws required. They had no intention of looking at the facts in any unbiased manner.
The LGBT blitz through the medical profession continues
If anything, will prove to be a significant precedent for the LGBT agenda in medicine. There were no criminal charges, no patient safety issues, no incompetence, or even proof that Dr. Church was incorrect in what he said. ONLY in opposing their ideology.
As Dr. Church recently said,
This is both an ideological dispute and a medical issue. I have pointed out repeatedly that there are staff and employees at these hospitals who object – based on moral and religious convictions – to the unconditional promotion of LGBT agenda. Additionally, and especially relevant to the mission of a healthcare institution, is the medical evidence that behaviors and lifestyles common to this group are often unhealthy and lead to serious medical consequences. It is hypocritical at best, and a betrayal of the public trust at worst, to ignore or downplay these aspects in the interest of political correctness.
Where is the discrimination here? Not by Dr. Church!