Dix Poppas

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Dix P. Poppas, M.D.[a 1], F.A.C.S.[a 2], F.A.A.P.[a 3], is a pediatric urologist based in New York City.[1]

Dr. Poppas is noted for his performance of nerve sparing clitoral reduction surgery on young intersex patients, which he has performed at least 51 times.[2]

Weill Medical College described Dr. Poppas surgical procedure as "standard".[3]


Dr. Wheelus and Dr. Roenneburg have voiced extensive criticism of Dr. Poppas practice. They have suggested that his practice violates the federal law against female genital mutilation (FGM), that it is actually a return to the practice of clitoridectomy.[4]

Dreger & Feder (2010) criticized the follow-up study by Poppas of the sensation in the reduced clitoris that used a vibrator to stimulate the clitoris in order to determine the level of sensation.[5]

The CircWatch website has the strongest and most comprehensive criticism of Dr. Poppas procedure.[6]

See also


  1. REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries, the abbreviation MD is common.
  2. REFweb Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Wikipedia. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  3. Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics


  1. REFweb (2016). Dix P. Poppas, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. Pediatric Urology, weillcornell.org, Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  2. REFjournal Yang J, Felsen D, Poppas D. Nerve sparing ventral clitoroplasty: Analysis of clitoral sensitivity and viability. J Urol. October 2007; 178(4 pt 2): 1598-601. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  3. REFweb (4 October 2010). Weill Medical College Says Poppas’ Surgical Procedure Is Standard, cornellsun.com, The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  4. REFbook Wheelus C, Roenneburg, Marcella (1997): Excision Of Hypertrophied Clitoris, in: Atlas of Pelvic Surgery. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  5. REFjournal Dreger A, Feder E. Bad vibrations. Hastings Center. 16 June 2010; Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  6. REFweb (28 February 2014). Are American doctors still performing clitoridectomies (FGM) on girls?, http://circwatch.org, Circwatch. Retrieved 4 July 2020.