Ohio cosmetic surgeon loses license for TikTok livestreams

An Ohio cosmetic surgeon’s state medical license was completely withdrawed Wednesday after a medical board identified she hurt clients while livestreaming their surgical treatments on the social networks app TikTok.

The Ohio Medical Board voted to prohibit Katharine Grawe — likewise called Dr. Roxy in her cosmetic surgery practice “Roxy Plastic Surgery” and to her numerous TikTok fans — from ever practicing once again in the state.

The board stated Grawe, who initially had her license suspended in November, ignored her clients as she livestreamed parts of their treatments, spoke into a cam and addressed audience concerns — all while the surgical treatments were occurring.

Neither Grawe nor her attorneys reacted to Wednesday messages looking for remark. Grawe’s TikTok account is presently personal.

The board alerted Grawe about her actions as early as 2018, mentioning issues over client personal privacy and possible principles infractions, according to a previous board suspension notification.

The notification likewise noted 3 clients of Grawe’s who suffered serious problems and required extreme healthcare after she ran on them. One lady’s intestinal tract was discovered to be perforated a week after her surgical treatment, a treatment that Grawe partly livestreamed on TikTok.

The unnamed client suffered serious damage to and bacterial infections in her abdominal area, in addition to loss of brain function from the quantity of toxic substances in her blood, according to the notification.


Samantha Hendrickson is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a not-for-profit nationwide service program that positions reporters in regional newsrooms to report on undercovered problems.


News and digital media editor, writer, and communications specialist. Passionate about social justice, equity, and wellness. Covering the news, viewing it differently.

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