Medical resident with anti-Semitic tweet lost OH certificate

An Ohio hospital resident who tweeted that she would give Jewish people the wrong medicine has lost her medical certificate.

Lara Kollab, a former resident at Cleveland Clinic, admitted during an investigation last year that she posted numerous anti-Semitic posts on Twitter from 2011-2013 before entering medical school, according to Ohio State Medical Board records.

Kollab deleted the tweets after she was accepted into Touro Osteopathic Medical School, which was established as a Jewish school. But Canary Mission, an organization that documents anti-Semitism, exposed the tweets online, leading to her resignation from Cleveland Clinic, according to records.

“I’ll purposely give all the yahood (Jews) the wrong meds,” Kollab tweeted, according to the medical board.

Another tweeted translated to “Allah will take all the Jews,” according to the medical board.

After leaving Cleveland Clinic, Kollab accepted a residency position at Kern Medical in Bakersfield, California. The hospital revoked her position after learning she submitted “false, misleading and incomplete” information during the interview process, according to a statement. She told the hospital she resigned in Cleveland due to a death in the family, records show.

Kollab issued an apology after media reported on the tweets, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

“I wish sincerely and unequivocally to apologize for the offensive and hurtful language contained in those posts,” Kollab said in a statement. “This statement is not intended to excuse the content of the posts, but rather to demonstrate that those words do not represent who I am and the principles I stand for today.”

In the statement, Kollab said she would never intentionally harm anyone and always strive to give people the best medical treatment, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or culture.

In July, Kollab agreed to surrender her training certificate to practice osteopathic medicine in Ohio. The state medical board revoked the certificate on Aug. 12. She won’t be allowed to apply for any other medical certificate in the state.

Chacour Koop is a Real-Time reporter based in Kansas City. Previously, he reported for the Associated Press, Galveston County Daily News and Daily Herald in Chicago.

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