We call on the ABIM to rethink undermining its own credibility in its treatment of this outstanding internist and cardiologist.
Dr. Peter McCullough is a world-renowned cardiologist, the author of hundreds of articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and an outstanding physician who has been researching Covid-19 and how to treat it from the very beginning. His tireless efforts to alert the medical community to effective early Covid-19 treatment protocols and the risks of Covid-19 vaccines have repeatedly drawn the ire of medical bodies beholden to corporate interests.
As a result, he has been stripped of two professorships, multiple editorial positions at academic medical journals, and many other professional committee member positions—all with no courtesy call, explanation, or due process. Now, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has advised that it intends to strip Dr. McCullough of his board certifications, which would effectively bar him from practicing medicine as he has done with an excellent clinical record for decades.
Dr. McCullough’s clinical record is flawless—he has passed the ABIM internal medicine exam four times and the cardiology exam three times—one of the most vetted doctors in America. The ABIM relies on research and publications from Dr McCullough for some of their educational and testing content. His actions throughout the pandemic have demonstrated his unfailing commitment to evidence-based medicine and doing the best for his patients. For example, early in the pandemic, he developed and shared an early Covid-19 treatment protocols, gave testimony to a U.S. Senate hearing in November 2020 calling on government to support early treatment of Covid at home, and a fully published a paper with Dr. Jessica Rose highlighting a significant increase in cases of myocarditis following Covid-19 vaccination in young people—a paper that was then subsequently withdrawn by Elsevier with no explanation. Despite censorship in the peer-reviewed literature, Dr. McCullough now has 60 listings on Covid-19 in PUBMED and several more on the preprint server system.
Even as he has lost reputation and status, he has never wavered in honoring his Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. As such, this is a physician who deserves nothing but respect and gratitude from his regulatory body.
The ABIM’s decision to revoke his certification says far more about the ABIM than Dr. McCullough. It has accused Dr. McCullough of understating the risk of dying from Covid-19 for people under 50 years old and overstating the risk of death from Covid-19 vaccines. The ABIM has used proportions of death by age groups Covid-19 while Dr. McCullough cited prospective incident rates of death. These epidemiologic contrasts are precisely why we need academic discussion instead of censorship and reprisal. This accusation is predicated on the assumption that the ‘science’ on Covid-19 and the vaccines is settled and only ABIM holds the correct “information” or truth. Science is never settled, only dogma. It ignores the significant and growing evidence that informs Dr. McCullough’s position and in seeking to punish dissenters, the ABIM demonstrates it has become high priest of a narrow and limited medical orthodoxy and is fundamentally anti-science.
The World Council for Health suggests the ABIM reconsider its position and dismiss all allegations based on their wrongful acts of professional targeting and reprisal and for the sake of its own credibility. In the meantime, the World Council for Health stands with Dr. Peter McCullough and honors his steadfast commitment to helping people worldwide despite considerable personal cost.