[Alaska] From A to Z: Doctors who signed letter demanding medical board sanctions on pioneering physicians revealed

Related: June 10, 2020, Is your doctor on this list? Docs who want Dunleavy to force people to wear masks

NOVEMBER 18, 2021 AUTHOR: SUZANNE DOWNING

From A to Z: Doctors who signed letter demanding medical board sanctions on pioneering physicians revealed

ALSO, LETTERS FROM THOSE SUPPORTING EARLY TREATMENT OF COVID

After an Early Treatment Symposium took place in October in Anchorage, some in the mainstream medical community got up in arms and started a drive to force the Alaska Medical Board to investigate local doctors who T took part in the event, which was attended by about 1,200 Alaskans and which was broadcast on the internet to thousands more.

The following letter was sent by 141 doctors as written testimony to the Alaska Medical Board regarding early treatment of Covid-19 by Alaska doctors, which these physicians are calling “incompetent, unprofessional and improperly trained.”

In a scan of the voter files for the first 50 doctors on the list of signers, fully 50 percent of them are registered Democrats, and one-third of all of the 142 doctors were politically active enough that they signed the Recall Dunleavy Petition in 2019. Only two of the 50 were registered Republicans, and the rest were Undeclareds and Nonpartisans.

The Alaska Medical Board meets on Friday and will likely discuss the matter, since this is the board that handles complaints about the profession.

Must Read Alaska obtained the doctors’ letter through a public records.

Below the doctors’ letter is a file with multiple comments submitted by the public, mostly in support of the pioneering doctors who are using drugs like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of early Covid.


From: Denali Psychiatry

Date: November 16, 2021
To: Alaska State Medical Board

Subject: Witten Testimony for Medical Board Meeting

We are writing out of concern that medical misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatment is being spread in Alaska, including by physicians.

The US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has declared that health misinformation is “a serious threat to public health”, and urged “all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond…it can cause confusion, sow mistrust, harm people’s health and undermine public health efforts. Limiting the spread of health misinformation is a moral and civic imperative that will require a whole-of-society effort”.

Alaska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, recently wrote about a patient “…he had chosen not to be vaccinated because he feared side effects and misunderstood the risk of COVID; when he became ill, he had spent hundreds of dollars for online remedies. My patient…was suffering not just because of the virus, but also because of the deadly combination of misinformation and disinformation in a broken health-care system, in a country of broken trust”.

The American Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics recently issued a statement to the Federation of State Medical Boards (which supports state licensing boards), saying that providing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine contradicts physicians’ ethical and professional responsibilities, and therefore may subject a physician to disciplinary actions. They further state “expertise matters, and board-certified physicians have demonstrated that they have stayed current in their field. Spreading misinformation or falsehoods to the public during a time of a public health emergency goes against everything our boards and our community of board certified physicians stand for. The evidence that we have safe, effective and widely available vaccines against COVID-19 is overwhelming. We are particularly concerned about physicians who use their authority to denigrate vaccination at a time when vaccines continue to demonstrate excellent effectiveness against severe illness, hospitalization and death…providing misinformation about a lethal disease is unethical, unprofessional and dangerous”.

Such misinformation seems to have been spread in October 2021 at the “Alaska Early Treatment Medical Summit”, presented by a group called the Alaska Covid Alliance. Parts of the conference that were “live streamed”, as well as some of the information reprinted in the media, misrepresented the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and the recommended courses of treatment. Some local physicians were involved presenting this event (which has been documented in the local media). This is of grave concern.

We hope that you will investigate this seriously, as the spread of misinformation has been identified as a threat to public health by the US Surgeon General, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, and three medical specialty boards. According to the AMA Journal of Ethics, “The overriding mission of medical boards is to serve the public by protecting it from incompetent, unprofessional and improperly trained physicians”. We believe that this conduct, as defined by the Federation of State Medical Boards, meets the standard for investigation.

Sincerely,

Merijeanne Moore DO, DLFAPA

Helen Adams MD

Ankita Ambasht MD

Saket Ambasht MD

Jessica Arasmith MD

April Arseneau MD

Beth Baker MD

Sharolyn Baldwin MD

Timothy Bateman MD

Will Bemben MD

Matthew Berenson MD

Anna Berkeziewicz DO

Tyler Berliner MD

Randal Bladel MD

Derek Bowers MD

Desiree Brooks MD

Leslie Bryant MD

Robert Bundtzen MD

Jaime Butler MD

Andrea Caballero MD

David Cadogan MD

Leslie Cayco-Travis DO

Anson Cheng MD

Monique Child MD

Megan Clancy MD

Steven Compton MD

Nicholas Constantino DO

Margaret Constantino DO

Jeannette Cook MD

William M Cox MD

Gwenyth Crabtree MD

Bradley Cruz MD

Irisa Devine MD

Susie Dietz MD

Jennifer Dow MD

Andrew Elsberg MD

Summer Engler Jager MD

Shannon Faber MD

Shannon Faber MD

Robert Finch MD

Lucy Fisher MD

Steven Floerchinger MD

Gregory Gerboth MD

Zach Gibson DO

Casey Gokey MD

Leslie Gonsette MD

Madeleine Grant MD

Katie Grey MD

Dwight Gurley MD

Douglas Haghighi MD

Hannah Hawkins MD

Susan Hayner MD

Meghanne Hendricks MD

Michelle Hensel MD

Susan Heverling MD

Sean Higgins MD

Eiluned Hogenson MD

Jessie Janowski MD

Brian Jeppesen MD

Laura Jones MD

Michael Jones MD

Emily Junck MD

Javid Kamali MD

Chris Kelly MD

Ronald Kim MD

Mary Klix MD

Thomas Kramer MD

Nancy Kraught DO

John Lapkass MD

Anthony Larson MD

Jeanette Legenza MD

Tanya Leinicke MD

Corrine Leistikow MD

Megan LeMasters Soule MD

Joseph Lestina MD

Lisa Lindquist MD

Jana Linfield MD

David Ling DO

Stephen Livingston MD

Lucinda MacNeal MD

Jordan MacNeil MD

Julie MacNeil MD

Stacey Maddox DO

Karen Mailer MD

Elizabeth Martinez DO

Terin Martinjak MD

Kathy McCue MD

Allison McLellan MD

Jennifer McNichol MD

Sean Meadows MD

Sar Medoff MD

Rhene Merkouris MD

Danny Mindlin MD

Triin Minton MD

Jacob Miss MD

Laurie Montano MD

Peter Montesano MD

Shari Morgan MD, FACP

Michael Mraz MD

Sarah Murphy MD

Rick Navitksy MD,

Mary Nettlow MD

Brian Newman MD

Robin Ninefeldt MD

Cristin O’Grady MD

James O’Malley MD

Jozef Ottowicz MD

Tanya Pasternack MD

David Penn MD,

Timothy Peterson MD

Elise Pletnikoff MD

Ronald Pollock DO

John Quimby DO

Max Rabinowitz MD

Syed Rahman MD

Robert Reeg MD

Megan Ritter MD

Julian Rojas MD

Michelle Rothoff MD

Erin Royal MD

Katy Ryan DO

Rachel Samuelson MD

David Scordino MD

Dorothy Shearn MD

Benjamin Shelton MD

Tim Silbaugh MD

Jess Sotelo MD,

Charles Steiner MD

Mary Stewart MD,

Tina Tomsen MD (retired)

Ailinh Tran MD

Allison van Haastert MD

Maude Vance MD

Nilam Vaughan DO

Natalie Wallace MD

Andrea Wang MD

Kendal Webb MD

Scott Wellman MD

Benjamin Westley MD

Pamela Williams DO

Gina Wilson-Ramirez MD

Theodore Wright MD

Chris Zerger MD

Other public testimony received by the Alaska Medical Board:

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