Doctor Who Derided Mask Wearing Has Medical License Suspended

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Deriding mask-wearing, Steven LaTulippe has touted his credentials as a “practicing physician.” Last month, he urged Trump supporters gathered in Salem, Ore., to “take off the mask of shame” — though hardly a covered face was in sight — and said proudly, to claps and cheers, that none of his clinic staff wore the simple accessories shown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“And how many problems did we have in our clinic from that?” he asked. “Zero! Absolutely none.”

LaTulippe’s license to practice medicine has now been suspended.

Explaining the suspension in a written order Friday, the Oregon Medical Board said LaTulippe’s disdain for public health measures went far beyond staff going maskless. The Dallas, Ore.-based doctor not only fails to take basic precautions, the board said, but also “actively promotes transmission of the virus within the extended community” by his poor example. The board alleges that LaTulippe regularly misinforms patients — especially elderly ones and children — with warnings that mask-wearing is “very dangerous” and can lead to serious health issues.

LaTulippe’s conduct “is contrary to medical ethics and does or might constitute a danger to the health or safety of the public,” the board’s suspension order states. It accuses him of “gross negligence.”

The Washington Post could not immediately reach LaTulippe for comment Saturday evening.

The state board’s catalogue of concerns begins with LaTulippe’s alleged July advice to a patient. According to the board, LaTulippe told the patient that wearing masks does not prevent the spread of the coronavirus and instructed against isolating, because exposure to other people would give the patient immunity to covid-19.

The person was “terminated as a patient” a few weeks later, the board says, after questioning LaTulippe’s advice.

LaTulippe also urged people entering his clinic to remove their masks, according to the state board, and directed people to a YouTube video with misinformation. The board dismisses the doctor’s reported claims that masks will harm people by increasing their levels of carbon dioxide: “The amount of carbon dioxide re-breathed within a mask is trivial,” the order for license suspension states.

A board investigator who visited LaTulippe’s clinic Wednesday found not only a lack of masks but also no coronavirus screening measures such as temperature-taking and no hand sanitizer in the waiting area, according to the order. A notice told visitors about carbon dioxide toxicity “warning signs,” it says.

Many scientific studies have found that new infections fell notably after leaders instructed people to consistently wear masks. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified before the Senate in September that masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have” for combating the pandemic.

LaTulippe has defended his positions in public, telling NBC News in a recent interview that he believes there is “bad science” behind mask-wearing recommendations. Speaking at last month’s Salem gathering of Trump supporters — who had rallied around false claims of a stolen election — LaTulippe said he wants to expose “corona mania” and claimed that coronavirus has “been with us forever.”

He is not the only health-care worker to face repercussions for a dismissive attitude toward the virus and public health precautions.

An Oregon nurse was put on administrative leave last month after bragging on TikTok about not wearing a mask outside work. With an online backlash mounting, Salem Health said in a statement that the nurse “displayed cavalier disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic and her indifference towards physical distancing and masking out of work.”

Marisa Iati contributed to this report.

The Washington Post (c) 2020.



  1. Communism!! If you disagree with the ‘real’ doctors like Fauci (who never saw a patient) you get your license suspended. Are we in Russia or China??

    • Mr. “ME”, if you don’t like it, pack and go! Where? To hefkerwelt. Meantime, people with common sense follow the practices recommended by the medical community.

  2. It’s like that Health Minister (who knows nothing about medicine or health) who fired 2 doctors that said the truth about vaccine.

    As soon as President Trump’s victory will be declared, Covid lies will be exposed, masks unmasked, vaccine abolished, their companies destroyed, and the Deep State criminals behind it all arrested.

  4. He deserves to have it suspended because his ill advice put people’s lives at risk! We Jews are mechallel Shabbat for a ספק פיקוח נפש. Mask wearing after all at least a significant ספק since by and large those in the know promote its use.

  5. its not about disagreeing the state medical boards have the right to suspend licenses like any other board where the members are seen doing something unethical. theirs a code of ethics for any licensure!

  6. The medical board suspended the license because the governor, who is a nazi forced the action. the move was not based on any evidence of medical practice misdeeds. The doctor is a microbiologist, so his background highly suggests he knows what he is doing, certainly to a much greater degree than the standard “medical” officer of the state board and who is driven by political agendas of the current in-control political party. The doctor also stated, and had patients advocate for him, that he has a stringent protocol for patient and staff safety (without the use of useless masks), and that he has had NO disease infections among his staff or patients and that those he treats have had 100% recovery. So they want to deny a doctor who medically uses science and common logic in his practice his livelihood and the supportive care for the patients who trust and depend on him? This is about a close to asinine as anything ever mentioned regarding covid19 reaction.


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