Ohio Doctor Who Wrote Anti-Semitic Tweets May Have Her Medical License Removed


The Ohio State Medical Board announced it will issue a citation against Dr. Lara Kollab who had previously made anti-Semitic tweets, according to Cleveland Jewish News.

Kollab was notified by the state’s medical board in a July 10 letter about her past actions. The letter details a June 19 hearing where the doctor admitted posting eleven “anti-Semitic” tweets from 2011 to 2013. Furthermore, the letter describes how she lied about when those tweets took place.

In the tweets, Kollab called Jews “stupid,” said she was “unsympathetic” about the Holocaust, and asked Allah to “take away the Jews.”

The condemned doctor said at the June deposition that she lied about the Canary Mission, an organization that documents Jewish hatred from groups and individuals, creating a fake Twitter account trying frame her.

“Although you asserted at your June 2019 deposition that you now feel ashamed of your discriminatory comments, when asked if your tweets reflect good moral character, you admitted that they do not,” the letter read.

As The Ohio Star reported in January, Kollab was let go by the Cleveland Clinic. The clinic issued a statement as her tweets got national media attention.

“This individual was employed as a supervised resident at our hospital from July to September 2018. She is no longer working at Cleveland Clinic. 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,” the clinic said.

“The State Medical Board may, in your absence and upon consideration of this matter determine whether or not to limit, revoke, permanently revoke, suspend, refuse to grant or register or renew or reinstate your training certificate/license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery or to reprimand you or place you on probation,” the clinic added.

In January, Kollab wrote a blog post apologizing for her past statements.

“I wish sincerely and unequivocally to apologize for the offensive and hurtful language contained in those posts,” she wrote.

Also in the blog post, the doctor describes how she visited Israel and Palestine in her teenage years and became “incensed” when seeing “Palestinian suffering under the Israeli occupation.”

“I have learned from this experience and am sorry for the pain I have caused. I pray that the Jewish community will understand and forgive me. I hope to make amends so that we can move forward and work together towards a better future for us all.”

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Zachery Schmidt is the digital editor of Battleground State NewsFollow Zachery on Twitter.




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