A prominent gender-reassignment surgeon has resigned from a Florida hospital after being accused of posting photos of patients' genitalia along with racist and homophobic comments on his Instagram account. He denies making the posts, saying his account was hacked.
Dr. Christopher Salgado also told The Associated Press on Thursday that he planned to continue his efforts to support transgender people.
The accusation surfaced in an anonymous petition filed with the American College of Surgeons. The petitioner accused the University of Miami Health System surgeon of posting graphic photos of male and female genitalia in various stages of surgery on his personal Instagram account @sexsurgeon. The account has since been deleted.
The petitioner said the comments were "horrifically inappropriate," and harmful to an already vulnerable population. The person also questioned whether Salgado had violated patient privacy laws.
In a statement, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine said Salgado was no longer employed by the university.
"The University of Miami is committed to promoting and supporting diversity in its students, faculty, and staff and finds any transphobic comments unacceptable. As health care providers, we continue to have a team of experts dedicated to delivering the full continuum of care for gender reassignment patients," the statement read.