from Gender Identity Disorders
May 29, 2007 - Psychiatrist Russell Reid, Ph.D., one of England's foremost authorities on sex change operations, has been found guilty of serious professional misconduct but avoided being banned from practicing in the future.
A Gender Medical Council ruled that Reid had acted inappropriately in the treatment of five transgender patients. However, it also ruled that he could continue his practice under strict supervision. The panel ruled that he was prohibited from prescribing sex-change hormones to his patients on their first visit to his office.
Reid had been charged with misconduct in treating gender confused individuals from 1988 through 2003. Charges were brought by four fellow psychiatrists and one patient (known only as Patient D.)
Patient D had come to Reid thinking she was a transsexual and narrowly missed having an "unnecessary mastectomy" because Reid had ignored the advice of a second psychiatrist about her condition.
Patient C, was a convicted pedophile who underwent a sex-change operation on the advice of Reid. This pedophile has remained uncertain about his gender identity and has returned to living as a man. He wants surgery to correct his "gender reassignment."
Another of Reid's patients, Claudia said she was disgusted by the light reprimand Reid received. Claudia deeply regrets having a sex change operation: "I'm deeply disappointed with the GMC ruling. If this had been about another group of people - not transsexuals - I think there would have been a much tougher sentence. Everything that has been taken from me - both physically and in the broadest human sense - can never be recovered."