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STAT News Takes The Fall For Paul Offit Misrepresenting Himself

The below email exchange with STAT speaks for itself:

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 5:37 PM, <info@autisminvestigated.com> wrote:

Dear Stat News,

At least two of your articles including one very recent one by Helen Branswell falsely described Paul Offit as chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.(1)(2) He is not and hasn’t been since 2014.(3)(4)(5) Yet he continues to misrepresent himself in his resume downloadable from his website (attached).(6)(7)

Best,

Jake Crosby, MPH 

1.https://www.statnews.com/2017/08/21/trump-vaccine-commission-robert-kennedy
2.https://www.statnews.com/2016/06/13/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-medical-research/
3.http://www.autisminvestigated.com/paul-offit-misrepresents/

4.http://www.chop.edu/doctors/zaoutis-theoklis 
5.https://web.archive.org/web/20151003024625/http://www.chop.edu/doctors/zaoutis-theoklis
6.http://www.autisminvestigated.com/paul-offit-misrepresents-himself/

7.paul-offit.com 

From: “Branswell, Helen” <helen.branswell@statnews.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 01, 2017 10:48 am
To: info@autisminvestigated.com

Mr. Crosby;

I wrote one of the STAT articles where Paul Offit’s position at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was incorrectly stated. The error was mine; I had interviewed him in the past and didn’t realize he’d given up the department chairmanship.

We have corrected my story and the other one you pointed out, by David Nather. David no longer works for STAT.

Best regards,
Helen Branswell
Senior Writer, infectious diseases and global health

Autism Investigated will keep readers updated if any other media outlets that have reported the error respond as well.

Paul Offit Edits His Website, But Still Misrepresents Himself

Paul-offit.com – Before and After

After Autism Investigated broke the news that Paul Offit misrepresents himself as Infectious Diseases Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he edited his website. His homepage bio and “About” page bio no longer list him as “Chief.” However, under his homepage bio is the hyperlink “Click to view Dr. Offit’s resume”. Clicking on it will download a page-long bio, the first sentence of which says this:

Paul A. Offit, MD is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (boldface mine)

Autism Investigated has produced photographic proof.

Move the cursor to the hyperlink on Offit’s bio, the hyperlink’s URL appears showing that it still downloads his old bio from April 2013. His demotion was in 2014. Meanwhile, his linkedin account profile, Autism Science Foundation bio all remain unchanged. There is also no indication that he made any effort to correct the scores of media outlets he has misled over the years.

Poor Paul Offit. Three years later, he still can’t get over not being “Chief of Infectious Diseases” at CHOP. That is hardly surprising in light of the fact that he continues to lie that vaccines are safe when he knows they are not.

Paul Offit, Top U.S. Vaccine Doc, Misrepresents His Credentials

Paul-offit.com

CBS News has called vaccine developer Dr. Paul Offit one of “the most trusted voices in the defense of vaccine safety”. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called him the vaccine industry’s “principle spokesperson”.

But what about Offit’s official title? His personal website, his Wikipedia page, his linkedin profile, his Autism Science Foundation bio, a new medical textbook he co-edited and an endless array of both mainstream and social media sites state that he is the “Chief of Infectious Diseases” at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). There’s just one problem: he’s not, nor has he been for the last three years.

According to CHOP’s website, Offit has been demoted from “Chief” to “attending physician.” It also clearly shows the role of “Chief” belonging to someone else. Yet Offit’s bio on both the homepage and “About” page of his own website call him “Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases” at CHOP, as does his resume linked from his homepage. How long has he misrepresented himself? Dig deep enough, and the story comes to light.

Buried in his second resume – a 32-page CV downloadable from his website -Offit is listed as “Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia” for the years 1992-2014. That means Paul Offit knowingly misleads visitors to his site about his current role at CHOP. Few would find the news of his demotion buried in his CV, but virtually everyone visiting his site would see his bios prominently misidentifying him as “Chief of Infectious Diseases at CHOP.”

Even worse, the creation date of his CV is November 21st, 2016. That means that for more than two years after he lost his title, there was absolutely nothing on his site that contradicted his bio falsely stating his CHOP role. Archived webpages show that the title of “Chief” was the very first title listed in Offit’s “About” bio on his website. Then in early-2015, Offit temporarily removed the “Chief” title from his “About” page bio (his homepage bio never changed). But then sometime in late 2016 or early 2017, he added the title “chief” back into his “About” bio where it remains as of this writing.

The implications of Offit’s fabrication are far-reaching. Reports falsely saying Offit is the “Chief” of infectious disease at CHOP continue to be cranked out: CBS NewsNBC NewsCNNThe New YorkerThe Washington PostPBS FRONTLINEThe LA TimesThe Philadelphia InquirerScientific AmericanC-SPANForbesAlterNetThe Daily BeastThe Huffington Post and Politico to name a few of dozens.

Several times, Offit was introduced on video with his former title of “Chief of Infectious Diseases,” yet he did not correct the people introducing him. When the president of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia introduced Offit as “Chief of Infectious Diseases” on C-SPAN2 in 2015, Offit simply said “Thank you for that kind introduction.”

He did not react the same way, however, when he had to sit right next to the moderator for Scientific American who stated Offit’s false credentials, just prior to his talk as part of a videotaped lecture series. That time, he was visibly uncomfortable being introduced as “Chief,” and even struggled to get words out initially when it was his turn to speak. But just as with the C-SPAN video, Offit failed to correct the person who introduced him.

The misrepresentations have continued as recently as last summer. In an article for STAT News dated August 21st, 2017, Offit was described as the “head of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.” Offit still has not corrected anyone and why would he? He has gotten away with it for three years.

What he has gotten away with for much longer, however, has been his unchallenged misrepresentations about vaccine dangers and the media’s culpability. He relies on studies he privately admitted were garbage to declare the debate on vaccine safety over. To deny that vaccines cause autism, he actually claims that autism diagnoses cause children to be vaccinated. And of course he has infamously stated that an infant can safely handle 10,000 vaccines, later upping the number to “closer to 100,000.”

One of the big ways Offit has been able to lie with such impunity about vaccine dangers has been to flaunt his supposedly impeccable credentials. Perhaps that’s why he lied about being the “Chief” of infectious diseases at CHOP long after he wasn’t.

Credentials, not integrity, are all that matter in Offit’s world. They matter so much that it’s even worth lying to claim credentials he no longer has.