Loma Linda-Trained Physician Loses License over COVID Denial
6 December 2020 |
In an emergency decision on Thursday, the Oregon Medical Board suspended the license of Dr. Steven A. LaTulippe, who practiced at South View Medical Arts in Dallas, Oregon, near Salem. LaTulippe is a 1997 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
The decision came after LaTulippe was recorded saying at a rally that the COVID-19 was the equivalent of “the common cold.” Investigators found that that LaTulippe and his staff refused to wear masks in the clinic and asked patients to remove their masks. They had no disease screening procedure, nor hand-cleaner available to patients.
“I want to expose what I call ‘corona-mania,’” said LaTulippe at a November 7 rally in support of Donald Trump’s protest of the presidential election results. “I hate to tell you this—it might scare you, but I and my staff, none of us—once—wore a mask in my clinic.”
“There’s been so much hype about this and so much false information and misinformation, the entire population is paranoid,” LaTulippe said. Of Gov. Kate Brown’s order requiring doctors to wear face masks, he said, “She has no jurisdiction to be imposing shutdowns and to be telling any doctor how to practice medicine. I don’t think she knows as much as I do about microbiology, virology, epidemiology and infectious disease.” He added, “I have absolutely zero problems with infectivity, and I have completely successful treatments, so I ask, ‘What is the problem?’ Why would I be demonized if I know what I’m doing?”
The Oregon Medical Board disagreed, saying LaTulippe “constitutes an immediate danger to the public, and presents a serious danger to the public health and safety.”
NBC News describes the examiners’ findings:
LaTulippe in July allegedly told a patient who asked for guidance on when to get tested for the coronavirus that asymptomatic people should not be tested and that wearing a mask does not prevent transmission. LaTulippe directed the patient not to self-isolate because being around other people would provide immunity from Covid-19.
LaTulippe is also quoted as saying,
I’m very interested in sound medical practice, and I’m interested in good science. And when science and medicine become perverted with corrupt politics, then I’m up for a fight, and that’s what made me go to that rally and say what I said.
LaTulippe is an Air Force veteran, and has served in the Air National Guard. He also describes himself on his website as an ordained minister who has studied at Boise Bible College and the Cincinnati Bible Seminary.