While it is now a common trend to build a career off of your Instagram account, one Miami surgeon just wasted his career because of his account.
Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher John Salgado was the section chief of the University of Miami Health System's (UHealth) LGBTQ Center for Wellness, Gender and Sexual Health. He specialized in gender reassignment surgery, as seen in the TLC docuseries I Am Jazz.
But it looks like Salgado's 15 minutes of fame are up. The Miami Herald reports that the surgeon was fired for sharing graphic photos of his patients onto his personal Instagram account, including some of his transgender patients' genitalia. Perhaps the most graphic, controversial, and outright disgusting is one he posted on Valentine's Day.
No, it was not a human heart. It was a patients' severed penis molded into the shape of a heart with the caption, "There are many ways to show your LOVE."
Salgado's account (called @sexsurgeon) has since been deleted, but screenshots of many of his posts (including the heart-shaped member photo and others featuring "racist, homophobic, and transphobic" slurs) have been obtained by The Trans Advocate.
In response to these posts, unidentified transgender advocates released an online petition asking the American College of Surgeons to address Salgado's social media behavior.
"The comments, hashtags, and the photos contain sensitive patient information, and quite frankly, I must question whether or not Dr. Salgado has violated these patients’ privacy, and I must absolutely question his ethics within the context of his social media use," the petition reads. "To see a surgeon who claims to specialize in treating transgender patients using racist, homophobic, and transphobic hashtags... among many, many other horrifically inappropriate comments is beyond unacceptable."
Lisa Worley, a spokeswoman for UHealth, confirmed Salgado's termination, People reports:
"The University of Miami is committed to promoting and supporting diversity in its students, faculty and staff. As health care providers, we continue to have a team of experts dedicated to delivering the full continuum of care for gender reassignments patients," Worley said.
Salgado has since commented on the controversy, Northwest Florida Daily News reports, claiming that his offensive social media behavior is the result of his Instagram account having been hacked. An investigation into his claims is underway.
What do you think?
Is this doctor full of it and deserves to have his license revoked, or should his patients and those offended by his Instagram posts learn to take his "unique" sense of humor with a grain of salt?
Let us know in the comments below!