Dr. Roxy on TikTok
TikTok has become a global sensation for sharing daily experiences, and that includes healthcare professionals. However, doctors have strict regulations to follow, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This is the story of Dr. Katharine Roxanne Grawe, or “Dr. Roxy” on who live-streamed her medical procedures and faced consequences.
The Rise of Dr. RoxyTikTok,
Dr. Roxy amassed an impressive following on TikTok, with 846,000 followers and 14.6 million likes. Her educational content drew many viewers, and even some became her clients.
The Ohio Medical Board’s Intervention
The Ohio Medical Board suspended Dr. Roxy’s medical license on November 18, 2022, citing concerns about her focus during surgeries and the potential harm to her patients.
The Battle for Redemption: Court Hearing
Dr. Roxy fought to regain her medical license, but despite her efforts, the Ohio State Medical Board decided to permanently revoke her license and imposed a $4,500 fine. Patients had raised concerns about her surgeries.
A Plea for a Second Chance
During the hearing, Dr. Roxy expressed her willingness to change her social media practices and promised never to livestream surgeries again. She appealed to the board for a fresh start.
A Revoked License
The Ohio State Medical Board believed Dr. Roxy’s posts were unprofessional and accused her of prioritizing self-promotion over patient care. With her medical license revoked, her future in medicine remains uncertain.
Navigating Social Media Responsibility
Dr. Roxy’s story serves as a reminder of the responsibilities that come with using social media platforms like TikTok, especially for healthcare professionals. While they can educate and connect with the public, professionalism and patient care must always be a top priority.