ABIM Threatens to Revoke Board Certification From COVID Docs Peter McCullough and Pierre Kory

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is threatening to revoke certification of two leaders in the alternative medical response to the COVID pandemic—Drs. Peter McCullough, and Pierre Kory—for allegedly “providing false and inaccurate information to patients.”

CEO and President of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), Dr. Richard Baron, wrote to both doctors to let them know that the board would be meeting to determine “whether to recommend any disciplinary sanction” against them regarding their views on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

McCullough is an internist, cardiologist, and epidemiologist who has long been an outspoken critic of the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
The doctor has been a vocal proponent of early intervention to treat COVID patients, publishing “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection” in August of 2020.

McCullough has dozens of peer-reviewed publications on the coronavirus and has commented extensively on the medical response to the COVID-19 crisis in media appearances.
On November 19, 2020, he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the pandemic. The doctor also testified throughout 2021 before the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, the Colorado General Assembly, and the New Hampshire Senate concerning many aspects of the federal government’s response to the pandemic.

Dr. Pierre Kory is an American critical care physician whose expertise is in critical care ultrasonography.

In 2015, Kory and his two co-editors won the British Medical Association’s 2015 President’s Choice award in medical textbooks for their work on Point of Care Ultrasound.

He was the critical care service chief at the University of Wisconsin Health University Hospital until May 2020, and later joined Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before becoming a locum tenens physician. He is the president and co-founder of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC).

Kory gained notoriety in December of 2020 when he advocated using the off-label drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19 during a Senate hearing called by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

Last month, he and fellow FLCCC founder Dr. Paul Marik launched their new “I-RECOVER Post-Vaccine Treatment Protocol” for vaccine-injured patients.

In response to the threat against McCullough, Sen. Johnson last week called on the ABIM to participate in a COVID-19 public forum.

“It is well last time for the public to hear from many sides regarding COVID-19 in a public forum. The purpose of this letter is to invite you, members of your Credentials and Certification Committee, and any other medical expert of your choosing to come to Washington and engage in an open and honest interchange regarding all aspects of COVID-19, without the threat of reprisal by the ABIM or any other organization,” the senator wrote in a letter to Dr. Baron on June 15.

Dr. Peter McCullough, a leading medical expert on COVID-19 spread and vaccination, provided testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs in November 2020 and joined Sen. Johnson’s COVID-19: A Second Opinion panel in January 2022. Although federal health agency officials and vaccine manufacturers turned down Sen. Johnson’s request to join his “Second Opinion” event, this letter is a third attempt to “hear from many sides regarding COVID-19 in a public forum.”

“Unfortunately, the federal health agencies, public health experts and vaccine manufacturers did not accept my invitation to either event. Rather than engage in a public dialogue in which information and perspectives can be openly exchanged and debated, the individuals and organizations responsible for our pandemic response continue to attack and discredit those with a different perspective by using the vague pejorative of ‘spreading misinformation,’” said the senator.

McCullough shared Johnson’s letter on Twitter and challenged members of the medical establishment to an “open discussion.”

“Calling out ABIM, AMA, medical societies and boards!” the cardiologist tweeted on June 19. “Come out of the propaganda shadows and face me and my colleagues in the open; lets get it on with a fair review of pandemic data, therapies, and the mandated products.”

Dr. Kory revealed on Sunday that he also received a threatening letter from the ABIM.

“I also got a letter from ABIM detailing multiple public statements I made as misinformation (from whoever they hired to investigate me),” the doctor wrote. “I have massive evidence to support each statement. Bring it on ABIM, err, I mean FBI. Didn’t know investigating docs was part of your mission.”

McCullough told Highwire host Del Bigtree last week that he was “shocked” to receive the letter from the ABIM after being board certified by the organization since 1991 “both as an internist and later on as a cardiologist.”

I’ve poured thousands of dollars into that organization for countless years of my life, as well as endless testing. I have met every standard of that organization to claim board certification—I’m an established expert in my field. I’m the most widely published person on heart-kidney interactions in the world in history, and I’ve been relied upon by American medicine and medicine worldwide for my  scientific inferences. Now, in the last two years of COVID-19, I have provided scholarship—I have 56 peer-reviewed papers in the literature, brought the world early treatment protocols, I’ve been a careful, analytic physician, and a careful news commentator on vaccine safety and efficacy.

McCullough said that he responded to the ABIM with a letter that is nearly 24 pages long.

“None of these members of these various boards and organizations have been publicly on the record regarding the presumption of vaccine safety and efficacy, and then the science regarding the pandemic,” he noted. “Now’s the time to all come out, get around a round table, let’s exchange information without pressure or threats of reprisal, and let’s get the information out to America.”

The World Council for Health (WCH) put out a statement on Monday in support of McCullough and Kory, “and all doctors facing attacks and pressure for treating people, for speaking out, and for daring to ask questions.”


The ABIM is threatening to revoke board certification of Drs. McCullough and Kory, not their medical licenses, as was originally reported.

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