The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons received two complaints about Dr. James Martin in 2016 during a time when, according to CTV News, he was seeing about 30 patients per week at his practice focused on transgender care and hormone replacement therapy.
In the first complaint, when an adolescent female to male transgender patient came in seeking a mastectomy, Dr. Martin prescribed cross-sex hormones at the first visit without a mental health assessment. The second complaint stems from an adult patient who was prescribed cross-sex hormones, again, after the first appointment.
Martin has been stripped of his medical license and fined $6,000.
On the flip side, Dr. Kenneth Zucker received a $500K payout and apology from CAMH after he was accused of abuse and practicing conversion therapy and subsequently fired from his post at the Family Gender Identity Clinic.
Zucker denied the allegation, saying he was treating each patient on a case-by-case basis, using a wait and see approach for minor children rather than offering immediate medical intervention.
Zucker was right and was vindicated, while Martin was rightfully stripped of his ability to practice medicine anywhere, ever again.
Today, I’ll show you why science supports Zucker and those doctors who don’t reach for the scalpel and the prescription pad every time a child struggling with their sexual identity comes through their door.
There's a great irony in an entire movement that’s dedicated to the idea that gender and sexuality are fluid, requiring doctors and scientific studies to affirm and solidify gender differences through surgery and chemicals, rendering the differences permanent and not fluid.
This week, at least in medicine, common sense prevailed; a rare thing in 2018.