Adolescent medicine doctors out at Dell Children’s amid Paxton probe of gender-affirming care

All doctors staffing Dell Children’s adolescent medicine clinic are departing after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation into whether gender-affirming care procedures were “unlawfully performed on minor children” at the hospital.

Dell Children’s Medical Center said in an emailed statement that the clinic would remain open with different physicians staffing the practice. It did not specify the reason for the shake-up, and it was unclear whether the doctors were fired or left voluntarily.

“We are working with our staff, families, and other providers to ensure our patients’ safety and make sure we are helping families connect with the appropriate healthcare services,” Dell Children’s representatives said. “While the physicians who previously staffed the clinic will be departing, the clinic remains open and supported by other physicians within Dell Children’s Medical Group.”

In an initial statement responding to Paxton’s announcement, Dell Children’s said that it prohibited both surgery and hormone therapy when treating minor patients with gender dysphoria.

“To the extent that care provided at our clinic may have been inconsistent with our organization’s position on this important issue, we intend to take appropriate action,” the hospital said.

The shakeup comes as the Texas House of Representatives considers Senate Bill 14, a bill that would outlaw gender-affirming care for minors, such as surgery and hormone blockers.

In February last year, Paxton released a legal opinion classifying certain gender-affirming care procedures as child abuse under Texas law and ordering the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents who seek gender-affirming care for their children. Multiple investigations of this nature remain tied up in court.

In the week following Paxton’s announcement, Dell Children’s patients and their families began hearing that appointments with the hospital’s adolescent medicine specialists had been canceled and that their providers no longer worked at

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