Edgar Schoen

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Edgar J. Schoen (Brooklyn, NY, August 10, 1925 – August 23, 2016)[1] was an American physician who worked as a pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California until 2003, and Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco until 2004. He held the position of Chair of the 1988 American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision.[2]


Schoen held positions at Children's Hospital of the East Bay in Oakland, CA, and the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, CA and was Board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. He practiced Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology in Oakland, CA for 46 years. Schoen was Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland for 24 years.[citation needed]


Schoen maintained Medicirc.org, an online resource in which he discussed what he perceived as the benefits of circumcision. It went offline at the end of 2012. Interviewed in the Eastbay Express (2000), he stated, "Circumcision is one of the best health insurance policies you can give a son. A circumcised boy has a lifetime advantage over an uncircumcised one."[3]

Schoen has written about circumcision in the books Ed Schoen, MD on Circumcision (ISBN 1571431233) and Circumcision, Sex, God, and Science: Modern Health Benefits of an Ancient Ritual (ISBN 978-1-4392-1910-2) as well as poetry on the topic in the American Journal of Diseases in Children.[4]

In a Boston Globe article, Schoen said, concerning the AAP's decision to not advocate circumcision, "It's highly biased". The 1989 report he oversaw stated that circumcision reduced the risks of urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases.[5]


  1. ^ "Edgar J. Schoen - Obituary". Legacy.com. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ Pine, Dan. "Both sides of the debate: Two Jewish doctors offer opinions on circumcision". Jewish news weekly of Northern California.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2005-06-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ American Journal of Diseases in Children, Vol 141: 128. February 1987
  5. ^ "Controversy over circumcision heightened in US after report". Boston Globe. 25 July 1999. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016.

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