This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Accused of spreading “misinformation,” outspoken COVID-19 vaccine critic Dr. Peter McCullough is facing the loss of his board certification in cardiology and internal medicine.
In a video interview with WND (embedded below), the world-renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist – with 677 scientific publications to his credit – explained he is now engaged in a rigorous appeal process at great expense personally as well as professionally.
“I can tell you this is unprecedented. We’ve never had a federal board like this, recommend that a doctor become decertified because of political reasons,” he told WND.
“There is no complaint regarding my critical care. No complaint regarding my board scores.”
After launching an initiative on COVID “misinformation” in September 2021, the American Board of Internal Medicine targeted statements McCullough made to the Texas Senate the previous March and to the media. In May 2022, the board sent a letter to McCullough accusing him of spreading misinformation. McCullough crafted a 20-page response, citing the evidence for each statement he made, and requesting that he be allowed to attend a meeting about his case. The board denied his request and last month sent him a letter informing him that the meeting had taken place and the board had decided to remove his credentials. He has until Nov. 18 to file his appeal.
Meanwhile, McCullough has been terminated from his editor-in-chief roles in two different journals, Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiorenal Medicine.
“With no due process, no courtesy phone calls, no editorial board meetings, I simply received an email, a letter, saying that I was terminated as editor-in-chief,” he said regarding the latter journal.
The letter “thanked me for my years of service, but no explanation, and I can tell you that never happens in academic medicine.”
In 2021, McCullough’s scientific opinions on issues such as how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spread, the case fatality rate, early treatments, masks, lockdowns, and vaccines led to Baylor University Medical Center firing him. And three other academic institutions cut their ties with McCullough: Texas A&M College of Medicine, Texas Christian University, and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine.
WND asked McCullough to comment on a new California law that allows medical boards to punish doctors – including license removal – who contradict the “scientific consensus” on COVID-19.
He said it “basically means the end of a lot of professional careers.”
Some doctors who have spoken with him privately about the law, McCullough said, have decided they will no longer see COVID patients.
“Fundamentally, when patients see doctors they get opinions,” he argued. “And then they go to other doctors and they get second opinions.”
And, moreover, the “scientific consensus” has changed throughout the pandemic, particularly on the effectiveness of vaccines.
“Many of the things the CDC now says, as an understanding of the science,” said McCullough, “were things that I was asserting in public venues well over a year ago.”
In the hourlong conversation with WND, McCullough also weighs in on:
- The startling, apparent increase in unexplained “sudden deaths,” which he believes is tied to the vaccines;
- The Atlantic article calling for pandemic “amnesty”;
- What the latest studies find about the risk of myocarditis in young people from the vaccines;
- The ineffectiveness of the new bivalent booster and the indication that it increases the risk of infection;
- The CDC adding the COVID mRNA vaccine to the childhood vaccine schedule and how the move has put health freedom and the health of children on the ballot in the upcoming midterms;
- What the new Congress might do to bring accountability and reform in the wake of the pandemic.
McCullough, along with Yale University Medical School emeritus professor Dr. Harvey Risch and others, recently launched The Wellness Company, a membership-based, holistic, prevention-oriented approach to health care through telemedicine and, eventually, through in-person consultation as well.