Anesthesiologists who perform elective surgeries for children are accused of sharing photos of the childrens’ genitalia on social media, according to a complaint filed by the Illinois Medical Board.
In January, a complaint was filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Police against Dr. Daniel P. Tannenbaum, an anesthesiologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Charles, and Dr. William D. Schulz, a medical director at Children’s Healthcare of Chicago.
The complaint alleges that on Jan. 13, Tannensbaum shared an image of the genitals of a boy and an older girl.
The boy was a “young adult,” the complaint says, and the girl was “under age 18.”
The girl had a “medical condition,” the statement says, which meant the child would not be able to give informed consent to a surgery.
On Jan. 16, Schulz shared another image of a younger child.
In it, the boy had a beard and hair, the complaint alleges.
On Feb. 1, the same day as the image shared by Tanneners, Schuls uploaded another image showing the genitals and genitals of an adult woman.
The woman, a physician at Childrens Hospital of Chicago, is not named in the complaint.
Both photos were sent to an adult friend, the medical board alleges.
In both images, the image of an older woman was titled “My name is Sarah and I would like to perform a hysterectomy,” and the image for the boy was titled, “My Name is Jake and I’d like to have surgery to remove my foreskin,” the medical commission says.
Both of the images were shared by Schuls on Twitter and Instagram, the commission says in the new complaint.
Schulz’s Facebook page has more than 8,300 likes.
In addition to Schulz’s social media accounts, he has also posted photos of himself with other patients.
Schuls, who has no criminal history, is the director of the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Chicago, where he was an anesthetist from 2004 to 2012, the health board said.
The medical board said that it had asked Schulz to take steps to prevent the spread of sexually explicit material, including the removal of images and text from social media.
Tannensmeier and Schulz did not respond to requests for comment.
Schulls and Tannes, both of whom are white, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the allegations.
The Illinois Medical Review Board also is investigating the allegations, according a news release.