Doctor loses jobs after racial insult about first lady on Facebook
An anesthesiologist who suggested Michelle Obama resembles a monkey lost her positions at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine and a Denver hospital last week after her comment caused a commotion within the local medical community.
Dr. Michelle Herren, a pediatric anesthesiologist, landed in hot water Wednesday after the Denver Health Medical Center got wind of a remark she had posted on her Facebook account in response to a post containing a photograph of the first lady.
“Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!” Dr. Herren wrote.
Denver Health said Wednesday it had stripped Dr. Herren of her access to patients pending an investigation and announced Friday “that Dr. Herren will voluntarily resign her employment from Denver Health after a ten-year career of providing care to its patients.”
In the interim, University of Colorado officials said they planned to cut ties with Dr. Herren, who holds a nonpaid faculty appointment.