The Department of Justice has charged Dr. Eithan Haim, a surgeon who blew the whistle on alleged secret gender-affirming procedures for minors at Texas Children's Hospital, with violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Dr. Haim, who completed his residency at the hospital, is facing four felony charges and has vowed to fight back, suggesting the DOJ is acting corruptly to silence him.

Haim first brought attention to the issue when he leaked evidence of these procedures to journalist Christopher Rufo. The evidence, published in City Journal, included accounts of hormone device implantations in minors, such as an 11-year-old girl experiencing gender dysphoria. According to Haim, these procedures increased in frequency over the subsequent year despite the hospital's public statements to the contrary.

In February 2022, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a formal opinion classifying sex-change procedures on minors as "child abuse," followed by Governor Greg Abbott instructing state agencies to investigate such practices. In March 2022, Texas Children's Hospital announced it would cease performing these procedures on children and youth. However, Haim's leaks indicated that the hospital continued these interventions secretly, prompting further state investigations.

The legislative response was swift. Following the publication of Rufo's article, the Texas legislature passed a law banning transgender medical interventions on minors. This move aimed to halt what was described as "body-mutilating procedures" on children.


Dr. Haim's legal troubles began in earnest in June 2023 when federal agents informed him that he was a "potential target" in an investigation related to HIPAA violations. Haim's first court appearance is scheduled for June 17, where he and his legal team will learn more about the specific charges against him. His attorney, Marcella Burke, expressed confidence that the trial would vindicate Haim, allowing his side of the story to be fully heard.

In his public statements, Haim has been vocal about what he perceives as a corrupt effort by federal authorities to intimidate and silence him. He took to X (formerly Twitter) to declare, "They wanted to intimidate me into silence using every technique the federal leviathan had at their disposal. But they failed. The only way to lose is to submit to corruption. It's time to fight back harder than ever!"

Texas Children's Hospital and the DOJ have yet to comment on the situation. Meanwhile, Haim remains resolute in his stance, indicating that he will not be cowed by what he describes as "petty tyrants and neurotic bureaucrats."

The charges against Haim come at a time of heightened scrutiny and debate over gender-affirming care for minors. The issue has become a focal point for political and social discourse, with significant implications for medical practices and legal standards.

This case underscores the complexities and controversies surrounding gender-affirming care for minors. It raises questions about the balance between medical privacy laws and whistleblower protections, especially in cases involving sensitive medical procedures on children. The outcome of Haim's trial could have far-reaching consequences for how similar cases are handled in the future.

Haim's accusations and subsequent legal battles illustrate the tensions between healthcare providers, regulators, and political entities. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how these dynamics will play out in court and the broader public arena.