Ohio Doctor Fired After Anti-Semitic Tweets Including a Threat to Give Jews the “Wrong Meds” Surface
Lara Kollab, a 28 year-old graduate of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York and supervised first-year resident of the Cleveland Clinic was fired two months after her start date due to inappropriate tweets she made from 2011-2017 resurfacing.
During the last week of December 2018, Lara Kollab, made world news but not for a good reason. A string of inappropriate tweets from 2011-2017 emerged to the public from a nonprofit, Canary Mission, which is a watchdog group that documents people and organizations that promote hatred of the USA, Israel, and Jews on North American college campuses.
In dozens of tweets under the name Elle Kay (@ellekay_) she referred to Jewish people as “dogs” and compared Israel to Nazi Germany. According to Canary Mission, she also wished death and violence against Jews as well as supporting people affiliated with terrorist organizations.
The Cleveland Clinic was aware of these tweets and terminated her due to the findings just two months into her residency. Here is the Cleveland Clinics statement they made to Yahoo Lifestyle regarding Kollab:
“This individual was employed as a supervised, first-year resident at our hospital from July to September 2018. When we learned of the social media post, we took immediate action, conducted an internal review and placed her on administrative leave. Her departure was related to those posts and she has not worked at Cleveland Clinic since September. For first-year residents, multiple safeguards and direct supervision are required for patient care and prescribing medicine. In addition, there have been no reports of any patient harm related to her work during the time she was here. In no way do these beliefs reflect those of our organization. We fully embrace diversity, inclusion and a culture of safety and respect across our entire health system.”
On January 4, 2019, Lauren Kollab issued a sincere apology letter through her lawyer on her blog (larakollab.home.blog) saying that she was truly sorry for her offensive tweets and had matured over the years since posting them. Her lawyer declined to say whether she was continuing to practice medicine after this incident. Although her social media accounts have been shut down and tweets deleted, her reputation has been ruined.
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