COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — On Wednesday, an Ohio plastic surgeon was permanently stripped of her state license to practice medicine after a medical board found she harmed patients while livestreaming their surgeries on social media app TikTok .
The Ohio Medical Board has voted to name Katharine Grawe – in her plastic surgery practice “Roxy Plastic Surgery” and to her many TikTok followers also as Dr. Roxy known – never to practice in state again.
The board said Grawe, whose license was originally revoked in November, neglected her patients while she livestreamed parts of her procedures, spoke into a camera and answered viewers’ questions – all while the surgeries were taking place.
Neither Grawe nor her attorneys responded to Wednesday’s news with a request for comment. Grawe’s TikTok account is currently private.
The board warned Grawe about her actions back in 2018, citing concerns about patient privacy and possible breaches of ethics, according to a previous board suspension notice.
The notice also listed three of Grawe’s patients who suffered serious complications after their surgery and required intensive medical care. A week after her surgery, a woman’s intestines were found to be perforated, a procedure Grawe partially livestreamed on TikTok.
According to the release, the unnamed patient suffered severe abdominal damage and bacterial infections, as well as a loss of brain function due to the amount of toxins in her blood.
Samantha Hendrickson is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to cover undercover topics.