Revoke the Certifications of Hatem Elhagaly
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The American Board of Pediatrics
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Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
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The American Board of Pediatrics
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American Medical Association
American Medical Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
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Revoke the Certifications of Hatem Elhagaly

    1. R K
    2. Petition by

      R K

      Eden Prairie, MN

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May 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Raven King: "I have an update from the Mayo Clinic, and Elhagaly no longer works there. I want to thank each and every one of you for making this change possible. I plan to continue the petition so that the Boards that support Elhagaly will continue to receive our message. I'm going to alter the petition sufficiently to exclude the Mayo since they've taken care of the situation on their end. For those of you who'd like to see, this is the communication from the Mayo: Dr. Elhagaly is no longer employed or caring for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. We are working with his patients to transition their care to another physician. BecAUe this is a personnel issue, we cannot comment further on Dr. Elhagaly's employment status. Female circumcision in children, referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes, is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo Clinic facility."

UPDATE

Currently, Elhagaly is attempting to frame this movement in terms of his religion. This petition is solely focused on a doctor whose medical ethics are extremely questionable, and if ever put in practice, felonious--a doctor who should have no certifications in my state. I do not allege that Dr. Elhagaly has committed a felony. I point solely to the text on Elhagaly's website itself, which outlines his views on FGM and do not contradict the statements of this petition.

Elhagaly attempts to justify his medical ethics by pointing to his religion and branding the signers of this petition Islamophobes. It should be clear by the content of this petition that our focus is the genital mutilation of children, not the doctor's religion. Don't be fooled: FGM is not something to be defended. It is a strange, barbaric, and often punitive act inflicted on young girls for the purposes of subjugation and control. Elhagaly, as stated openly on his website, is in favor of female circumcision. No matter how slight the cut, it is considered FGM, and is felony child abuse.

I don't care what any doctor believes. I care what medicine he practices and promotes. And FGM isn't medicine at all.

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UPDATE

From the Mayo:

Dr. Elhagaly is no longer employed or caring for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. We are working with his patients to transition their care to another physician. Because this is a personnel issue, we cannot comment further on Dr. Elhagaly's employment status.

Female circumcision in children, referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes, is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo Clinic facility.

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Hatem Elhagaly (AKA "Hatem Al Haj") worked as a doctor in Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea, MN. His special interests are in child development.

He is also a proponent of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

In an Arabic-language paper entitled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine" (original here and here), Elhagaly (AKA "Al Haj") repeatedly points to the idea that FGM is "an honor" for women, ignoring FGM's extremely detrimental effects on women's health and the barbarity of the practice. He attempts to justify his ideas by referencing scholars from several schools of Islamic thought and also the words of Muhammad, including the idea that FGM is desirable "because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband." 

Hatem Elhagaly was taking care of young girls in Albert Lea, MN. 

Learn more about him at his website.

 

Hatem Elhagaly is already gone from his job at the Mayo Clinic. I now demand that the various medical boards that support him revoke his certifications.

Join with me in voicing your outrage. Together, we can insist that his board certifications in this country be revoked. 

Remember: It doesn't matter how "little" you cut a little girl's vulva. It's still felony child abuse.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thank you all

      R K
      by R K
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for signing this petition. While we didn't meet our goal in numbers, we got Hatem Elhagaly out of pediatrics in Minnesota. And, really, that's the best thing that could have happened!

      It couldn't have happened without all of you. You have my sincerest thanks!

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Elhagaly supporter bites back

      R K
      by R K
      Petition Organizer

      Someone has started his own petition on Change.org saying that this petition is full of lies. That's despite the fact that Elhagaly himself, on his website, promotes FGM.

    4. Ehagaly gone from the Mayo

      R K
      by R K
      Petition Organizer

      A message from the Mayo Clinic: "Dr. Elhagaly is no longer employed or caring for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. We are working with his patients to transition their care to another physician. Because this is a personnel issue, we cannot comment further on Dr. Elhagaly's employment status.

      Female circumcision in children, referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes, is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo Clinic facility."

    5. Decision-maker Board of Directors responds:

      Board of Directors

      Thank you for your message. The Board’s ability to address issues is through a formal complaint-driven process. If you would like to file a complaint, you may download complaint forms from the Home Page of the Board’s website at www.bmp....


    6. Elhagaly clarifies his position

      R K
      by R K
      Petition Organizer

      In a recent update to his website, Hatem Elhagaly attempts to clarify his views on FGM. It is the position of this petition-maker that all forms of circumcision are genital mutilation, whether female or male, and do indeed cause harm, regardless of how "small" the area affected is. It is body modification, and while we allow adults to pierce or cut whatever they want, we don't allow adults to do it to children. (Ever seen a newborn with a tattoo? Genital piercing? I didn't think so.)

      Another important point is that FGM, regardless of severity, is illegal in the United States.

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Decision-maker Board of Directors responds:

      Board of Directors

      Thank you for your message. The Board’s ability to address issues is through a formal complaint-driven process. If you would like to file a complaint, you may download complaint forms from the Home Page of the Board’s website at www.bmp....


    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. To contact the Mayo

      R K
      by R K
      Petition Organizer

      Please direct all further written complaints to Public Affairs at: rstpublicaffairs@mayo.edu

    11. Reached 50 signatures
    12. Please Call the Mayo

      R K
      by R K
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone! Please call the Mayo Clinic and voice your opinion about Hatem Elhagaly. You should call 1 (507) 284-2511, and ask for Public Affairs: Chris Gade.

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    Reasons for signing

    • James Flikkema EVANSVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is a barbaric and criminal treatment of women and should be illegal all over the world. At the very least it should be a class A felony in the United States.

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    • Anne Lattimore AIKEN, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      He's uncivilized a monster. Wonder how he would feel if it was found that mutilating the male part helped calm anger in men .

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    • roselyn frederick ORCHARD PARK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      to get rid of this scum bag

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    • john ison BOOVAL, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      fgm is an abhorrent practice and any person who advocates it should have no place in a modern medical system

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    • Mark & Candace Wright LAPORTE, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Revoke their license but go further; deport them, if they are refusing to abide by "The American Way" , and if found Any "ALLY's" who favor this "Barbaric Act", shall be "Sanctioned"! or dis-banded from Alliance!

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