Kaiser Permanente

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The website of Kaiser Permanente depicts an intact and circumcised penis for comparison purposes, where the intact penis is drawn crooked and the circumcised penis is drawn straight and symmetrical.[1] On their webpage that lists possible risks, loss of sensation isn't mentioned.[2]

Chief of Pediatrics

Dr. Edgar J. Schoen was Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland for 24 years.[3] Schoen's current office is in the Julia Morgan building on Broadway that houses Kaiser Permanente's genetics department in San Fransico, only a few yards from the home office of Daniel T. Halperin, assistant professor of anthropology at UCSF's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPDS).[4]

In 1987, Schoen was appointed head of the Task Force on Circumcision by the American Association of Pediatrics,[5] where he pushed for routine infant circumcision, but the neonatologists on Schoen's committee wouldn't go for it. According to Schoen, not performing circumcision would be "taking us back to nineteenth-century medicine on the eve of the 21st century," and that circumcision will prevent "dermatological problems".[4]

Schoen has been noted sending emails to and from the Circlist email list.[6] Schoen is also listed as approving content for a Gilgal Society brochure.[7]


  1. REFweb Circumcision, Kaiser Permanente, Healthwise, Incorporated. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  2. REFweb Circumcision Risks, Kaiser Permanente, Healthwise, Incorporated. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  3. REFweb About Dr. Schoen, Medicirc.org, eSudo Technology Solutoins, Inc.. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  4. a b REFjournal Slack, Gordy (19 May 2000): The Case For Circumcision, in: Express Online.
  5. American Journal of Diseases in Children, Vol 141: page 128. February 1987
  6. Schoen, E. (2006, April 22). My recent circ pubs [Online Forum Comment]. Retrieved from http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/MCIRC/message/16 Archive: http://circleaks.org/images/1/1f/MCIRC_-_Msg_16.pdf
  7. REFbook Morris, Brian J. (2007): Sex and circumcision: What every woman needs to know. Vernon Quaintance (ed.). London, England: Gilgal Society.