Illinois Surgeons Cut off Breasts of Girls as Young as 13 for Gender Dysphoric Disorder

September 28, 2022 in News by RBN Staff



“As a research physician I am beyond shocked and mortified that this practice occurred, occurred in the US, and that this is not somehow the top story in every news outlet in the United States right now.”
– Dr. Marchand

28 September 2022

Published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s “Pediatrics” is the most terrifying study I have ever read, and the fact that these events occurred in the United States is both dumbfounding and heartbreaking.
A team of researchers and surgeons, led by Dr. Mona Ascha, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, reported surgically removing the breasts of 36 woman and girls for the diagnosis of “gender dysphoria.” They reported openly that they performed these surgeries on girls as young as 13 years old.  To repeat, these surgeons cut normal breasts off 13 year old girls. Instead of immediate arrests and lengthy jail sentences these researchers and surgeons were instead rewarded with a prestigious publication in what is widely regarded the most respected journal in all of Pediatrics, JAMA.
The study openly stated that they performed these mastectomies on girls in the study who were as young as 13 years old.  Under Illinois law, surgical procedures, including surgical procedures for persons believing they are a gender other than which they born (also called gender dysphoric disorder) are legal with the consent of the child’s parents.
The study concluded that the surgeries were successful because they improved “body image satisfaction in this age group,” based on patient reported surveys that were taken three months after surgery.  Eleven of the patients were “lost to followup” and did not complete the surveys.  The study did not reveal how many of the 36 women and children that received these surgeries were under 18, only that the average age was 18.6 years ranged from “13 to 24 years.”
There was no mention if any of the children who had these acts committed against them later committed suicide as a result of regretting the fact that they were allowed to have their breasts surgical removed because at the age of 13 they decided was a good idea.
Dr. Marchand is a board certified physician and director of a major research Institute in Arizona, and is in NO WAY involved with the publication, review, or acts described in this study against children.  He is quoted as:
“I am dumbfounded and absolutely shocked that these crimes were committed against children in the United States. There is no 13 year old girl who can make the decision to permanently have her breasts removed. The chance of regret is simply too high. Children who suffer from gender dysphoric disorder should receive support, counselling, and treatment for associated conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Children who are certain they wish to undergo these procedures can begin the process of researching and investigating their options prior to adulthood, but should not be allowed to make the decision to proceed until they reach the age of adult consent. They should not receive permanent, irreversible surgeries as children. Surgical options exist for adults who suffer from gender dysphoric disorder, but a child cannot possibly be expected to make a decision of this gravity, especially as young as 13.”
Dr. Marchand is a full time surgeon and director of the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (, a major research Institute located in Mesa, AZ. He is dual board certified in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Marchand is extensively published in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The full text of the article discussed in JAMA Pediatrics can be found at this link:
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