Russell Reid

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Russell Reid
Medical career
ProfessionConsultant Psychiatrist
SpecialismGender Identity Disorder

Russell Reid is a retired consultant psychiatrist who specialized[1] in sexual and gender-related conditions.[2][3] He is particularly known for his work with gender identity disorder patients.[4] Richard Curtis took over his practice after his retirement.[citation needed] Reid grew up in New Zealand and worked privately in the United Kingdom. Britain's best-known expert on gender reassignment, he was a member of the parliamentary forum on transsexualism.

In 2006-2007, Reid was investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC),[5] the regulatory body for doctors in the UK. A serious professional misconduct hearing opened following complaints brought by four doctors from the main NHS Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross hospital, west London, and some of his former patients. It is alleged that he breached international standards of care, set by the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA) by inappropriately prescribing cross-gender hormones to patients and referring them for sex reassignment surgery without adequate assessment.[4]

Britain's primary lobbying organization for transgender and transsexual people, Press for Change, was quoted as saying that Reid received support during the process from more than 150 patients as well as additional experts in the area.[6] Furthermore, as many as 462 of Dr. Reid' s ex patients posted positive comments during and after his hearing on a blogspot In Support of Dr. Russell Reid, and still continue to leave positive feedback.[7] Ultimately, the enquiry found Reid guilty of Serious Professional Misconduct, mostly for failing to communicate fully with patients GPs (A rule that it is reported many private doctors in the UK are unaware of[citation needed]) and not documenting his reasons for departing from the HBIGDA Standards of Care guidelines sufficiently. However, the panel "determined that it would be in the public interest as well as your own interests if you were to return to practice under strict conditions."[8] and allowed him to return to practice, subject to some restrictions on his practice and hormone prescriptions[9] for the next 12 months.

Reid was a member of an expert committee set up by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to draw up new UK care guidelines on the treatment of Gender identity disorder. He stepped down as a member of the group in the wake of the GMC inquiry.[10]

Reid was also interviewed as part of a BBC documentary, Complete Obsession, dealing with patients seeking limb amputations.[11][12]


  1. ^ Harper, Catherine (2007-10-30). Intersex. Berg Publishers. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-84520-183-8. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  2. ^ Whittle, Stephen (2002-09-17). Respect and equality: transsexual and transgender rights. Psychology Press. pp. 173–. ISBN 978-1-85941-743-0. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  3. ^ Rose, Lannie (2008-10-20). How To Change Your Sex: A Lighthearted Look at the Hardest Thing You'll Ever Do. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-4357-5360-0. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b Tatchell, Peter (6 October 2006). "Listening is not a crime". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  5. ^ Bird, Steve (18 October 2006). "Psychiatrist accused of rushing five patients into changing sex". The Times. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  6. ^ Haywood, Krystyna (12/10/2006). "Standing Shoulder to Shoulder with Dr. Russell Reid". In Support of Dr. Russell Reid. Retrieved 8 August 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Batty, David (19 June 2004). "Inquiry into sex change specialist". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Fitness to Practise Panel Hearing" (PDF). General Medical Council. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Sex change doctor avoids dismissal". Channel 4. 25 May 2007. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  10. ^ Batty, David (28 September 2004). "Accused doctor quits transsexualism committee". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Complete Obsession (transcript)". BBC Online. 17 February 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  12. ^ Kuhse, Helga; Singer, Peter (2006). Bioethics: an anthology. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 626. ISBN 978-1-4051-2947-3. Retrieved 7 March 2011.

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