The nefarious former Fox News medical contributor Dr. Keith Ablow’s shocking transphobic views have an equally appalling aspect after his license was revoked for alleged predatory sexual misconduct with patients.
Keith Ablow had his medical license suspended on Wednesday following accusations and lawsuits from multiple patients who say the psychiatrist engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with them.
“The Board summarily suspended Dr. Keith R. Ablow’s medical license after finding that Dr. Ablow poses an immediate and serious threat to the public health, safety, and welfare,” read a statement from the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Medicine released on Thursday.
During a 2016 Fox News segment about the anti-trans bathroom bills and the petition to boycott Target objecting to their trans-inclusive changing room polices Ablow suggested a shocking clinical solution to gender dysphoria.
The psychiatrist said that he would ‘cure’ transgender children who had reached a stage of transition by giving them hormones of the gender they were assigned at birth. This would be unconscionable as the drugs would interdict the hormones in their bodies creating a tortuous, very possibly deadly physiological condition.
41% of trans children responding in an American Academy of Pediatrics survey reported they had attempted suicide..
Media Matters reported that Ablow is not a member of the APA having “resigned in 2011 in a dispute over transgenderism.” Ablow had been criticized by the president of the APA after writing in a FoxNews.com column that Chaz Bono suffered from a “psychotic delusion” and added it was dangerous for him to appear on the reality TV show Dancing With The Stars.
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She was 25 and struggling with depression when her mother brought her from Ohio to Newburyport to see Dr. Keith Ablow.
They had heard about Ablow’s novel (and not yet FDA-approved) use of the anesthesia drug Ketamine to treat depression.
During that first visit, in January 2015, she said, Ablow gave her several books: J.D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey” and another novel about a child with imaginary friends, and a self-help book on creativity. He texted her that he wanted to take her sledding.
But over the next several weeks, during remote therapy sessions via Skype, the young woman said Ablow was asking questions that made her “uncomfortable.”
Still, she returned to Newburyport a couple of months later, this time without her mother.
Ablow took her to dinner. “It felt more like a date than a therapy session,” the woman says now in an affidavit.
“He told me during this visit that we had a special connection and he wanted to have a romantic relationship with me,” she wrote.
What she didn’t realize, until reading a newspaper article about another patient’s lawsuit last year, was that she wasn’t the only patient who had heard that from Ablow, according to lawsuits filed last year and on Thursday.
In her affidavit, the Ohio woman said Ablow became increasingly controlling as time went on. She moved away from her family and friends to be closer to Ablow in Newburyport. He told her he was planning to leave his wife, she says, and he showered her with gifts: a pricey Canada Goose jacket, jewelry, and sometimes cash.
“At times, this made me feel like a whore,” said the woman, whose name is being withheld by the newspaper because she is an alleged victim of sexual abuse.
As the months passed, she said Ablow made demands of her, telling her he wanted them to be in a “master/slave” relationship, asking her to get a tattoo of his name on her thigh and a piercing. Sometimes he beat her with a belt with a metal skull buckle, she says, and said he thought about tying her to a ladder and abandoning her.
Still, she continued to see him, saying she had grown dependent on the unorthodox regimen of medicines he had prescribed for her, including Ketamine.
“At the time, I was so emotionally depending on Dr. Ablow and reliant on him for every aspect of my life that the thought of losing him was worse than the physical pain,” she wrote.
After she ended her treatment with Ablow in February 2018, she says Ablow continued to contact her.
“I believe he was concerned that I too would speak out about our relationship,” the woman says in an affidavit filed with a lawsuit on Thursday.
Multiple women come forward
Hers is now one of four pending malpractice lawsuits against Ablow.