There’s one group of people who, even if it takes a generation or two, always prove why they shouldn’t be in the U.S.
The Cleveland Clinic released a statement Monday after reports began circulating online that a doctor at the hospital had been posting anti-Semitic sentiments on social media.
The doctor, who has been identified as Lara Kollab, 27, of Westlake, was a supervised resident. She is no longer employed by the clinic.
“I’ll purposely give all the Jews the wrong meds” she said in one of the tweets, using the Arabic word for Jew.
In another tweet, she said she was dressing up like a Jew for Halloween.
The tweets were saved by the website Canary Mission, which says it “documents people and groups that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses.”
We reached out to the Cleveland Clinic and received the following statement Wednesday:
“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.”
Cleveland 19 went to Kollab’s house in Westlake for a comment, but no one answered the door. On Friday, she published a lengthy apology over the racist remarks (below).
We looked into her qualifications with the State Medical Board of Ohio, and found she was issued a training certificate, not a license, in July 2018.
That Ohio training certificate is no longer valid because Kollab is not a part of the program at Cleveland Clinic.
Cleveland 19 asked the board if they are investigating her case.
But all complaints and investigations are confidential under state law, so we will never know unless the board takes disciplinary action against her.
The board says “Malicious acts and attitudes toward any population go against the Medical Practices Act and are denounced by the board.”