Author’s note: Apparently the doctors performing circumcision at the Children’s National Health System are ashamed of their actions and have removed any reference to those mutilations on their website. My listing of Dr. Hsieh clearly shows “circumcision” as one of his specialties, which has since been removed from the website, as has happened here under Dr. Pohl’s specialties. I can only hope the stigma of mutilating infants becomes so great as to actually stop it.
Hans Pohl, MD has been placed on the “Known Genital Mutilators” directory at neonatalcutting.org.
He is listed as a Urologist at the Children’s National Health System, and following these menus we find that he performs circumcision as the “treatment” of the “condition” known as “foreskin:”
Choose Children’s -> Conditions and Treatments -> Urology -> Circumcision
From the “Children’s Team” we find Dr. Pohl, and his “Biography:”
“Hans Pohl, MD, was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Washington, DC, for medical school. During medical school, Dr. Pohl became interested in surgery, with a particular fascination for reconstructive procedures. He remained at GW in the Department of Surgery and Urology as a resident. During his rotation at Children’s National Health System as a Urology resident, he found himself particularly drawn to Pediatric Urology and, more specifically, to understanding how best to treat patients with urinary tract infections and vesicoureteral reflux.
Dr. Pohl has experience in treating patients with spina bifida and bladder exstrophy, in addition to the other more common diagnoses, and in using laparoscopy to perform surgery through minimally invasive techniques.”
It really is a shame that such an obviously talented and caring person would sully himself – and bloody his hands and reputation – by genitally mutilating babies without their consent, many times causing the problems that require further surgeries to fix, to say nothing of permanently ruining a baby boy’s ability to have a natural and normal sex life.
The doctor also does reconstruction of “ambiguous genitalia,” something most intactivists oppose as strongly as genital mutilation, which it is. Any surgery on the genitals of an infant that’s not medically necessary is unethical and unproven, and is both psychologically and physically damaging. Intersex people live normal lives and should be left intact unless they themselves choose surgery as an adult.
Again, in this list of specialties, the doctor is able to help with all these terrible problems, except the one he causes:
Congenital Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction
Exstrophy of the Bladder and Epispadias
Phimosis and Paraphimosis
Posterior Urethral Valve
Prune Belly Syndrome
Urinary Incontinence or Enuresis (bedwetting)
Urinary Stone Program
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
And of course, that problem itself is circumcision.
Further on at the website:
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the skin covering the end of the penis, called the foreskin. In many cultures, circumcision is a religious rite or a ceremonial tradition. It is most common in Jewish and Islamic faiths. In the United States, newborn circumcision is an elective procedure. An estimated 55 to 80 percent of newborn boys undergo circumcision. However, this number varies among socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic groups.
Do pediatricians support circumcision?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement in 1999 on the use of circumcision. This policy was most recently updated in 2012. The AAP recognizes the following information from studies of both circumcised and uncircumcised males:
Problems with the penis, such as irritation, can occur with or without circumcision.
There is no difference in hygiene, as long as proper care is followed.
There may or may not be any difference in sexual sensation or practices in adult men.
There is an increased risk of urinary tract infection in uncircumcised males, especially in babies younger than 1 year of age. However, the risk for urinary tract infections in all boys is less than 1 percent.
Newborn circumcision does provide some protection from cancer of the penis. However, the overall risk of penis cancer is very low in developed countries, such as the United States.
There is a decreased risk of certain sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV) in circumcised males.
The most current AAP report found that the health benefits to circumcision outweigh the risks. However, these benefits are not significant enough to recommend that all newborn baby boys be circumcised. The AAP recommends that parents should be given information on the benefits and risks of newborn circumcision and that parents should decide what is best for their baby.
So, in a roundabout way, the AAP does not support routine circumcision of infants. As a matter of fact the most recent findings by the AAP warn against surgery such as circumcision on infants because of their immature nervous system.
What care is needed after a circumcision?
Circumcisions performed by a qualified doctor rarely have complications. Problems that occur are usually not serious. The most common complications are bleeding and infection. Proper care after circumcision helps reduce the chances of problems.
“Usually not serious,” but why take the unnecessary chance that your baby will bleed to death or have a lifetime of pain and suffering?
What care is needed for an uncircumcised penis?
A newborn boy normally has foreskin tightly fitted over the head of the penis. As long as the baby is able to pass urine through the opening, this is not a problem. It is not necessary to clean inside the foreskin, only the outside, as part of a normal bath.
As the baby grows, the foreskin becomes looser and is able to be retracted (moved back). This may take many months to years. Your baby’s doctor will check this as part of your baby’s checkups and will show you how to retract the foreskin. This allows cleansing of the area. As a boy grows, he should be taught how to retract the foreskin and clean himself. The foreskin should never be retracted forcibly. Do not allow the foreskin to stay retracted for long periods as this may shut off the blood supply causing pain and possible injury. Sometimes the foreskin becomes stuck in the retracted position and cannot be pulled back down. This is called paraphimosis and is a medical emergency.
In some children, the foreskin cannot be retracted because of a restricted opening, causing a condition called phimosis. This condition may require circumcision later in childhood if it doesn’t respond to medical treatment.
This is sound advice – no need to mutilate an infant; leave him intact, free of trauma, to enjoy what he was born with.
The horribly misguided doctor – among others – actually promotes this mutilation on the youngest of the young, newborns, the very age that the AAP says is damaging to the infant’s health (see link above). I’m sure FGM is also easier and cheaper (yes, he actually mentions the price) to perform on newborn girls, but that doesn’t make it right. Here’s his barbaric promotion in Forbe’s magazine – how ghoulishly appropriate:
Unbelievably and ironically, the Children’s National Health System has a new campaign to “Grow Up Stronger” with this glowing image of pure goodness, with nary an image of babies being strapped down for sexual abuse and mutilation:
Check out the campaign here, where I tried to get my own message published about what “Stronger is…” I said “Stronger is… leaving baby boys intact,” leaving my real name and my department as urology. At least if I was a urologist I wouldn’t on one hand help little boys, while disfiguring them with the other. Whether or not my message is posted – it appears they check email addresses – someone has read my message so I FTSU. I may leave a link to this article as my next message. Or maybe “Stronger is… the adult that straps down a baby in order to sexually abuse and genitally mutilate him.”
Dr. Pohl, you don’t have to circumcise these babies, so why do it? Refuse to do it – it’s a human rights violation according to the law and the United Nations. If all cutters refused to cut, this horrible practice would die out much sooner. Obviously Children’s Health makes money on this practice, hence it’s continuation. But that’s blood money.
Dr. Pohl’s practice information follows:
Children’s National Health System
Washington, District of Columbia 20010
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, Maryland 20850
301-765-5400 or 800-787-0243
— gary costanza (@jerrytheother) January 26, 2017