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Gary Tigges Apologizes for Saying Women Physicians Don't Work as Hard

Gary Tigges Apologizes for Saying Women Physicians Don't Work as Hard

Texas doctor Gary Tigges apologized after saying female physicians don't work as hard. (Sergey Tinyakov/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:40 AM

Texas physician Gary Tigges apologized this week after trying to explain the gender pay gap by claiming his female counterparts "do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians," 6 ABC reported.

The 53-year-old Plano internist made the controversial statement during an interview published in the September Women in Medicine issue of the Dallas Medical Journal.

When asked about the pay gap that exists between male and female physicians, he said women "choose to, or they simply don't want to be rushed, or they don't want to work the long hours," according to 6 ABC.

"Most of the time, their priority is something else.... Family, social, whatever. Nothing needs to be 'done' about this unless female physicians actually want to work harder and put in the hours. If not, they should be paid less. That is fair."

The comments prompted massive backlash and on Saturday Tigges addressed the issue, explaining that he did not know his remarks were going to be printed and that his words had been misconstrued, The Dallas Morning News noted.

"My response sounds terrible and horrible and doesn't reflect what I was really trying to say," Tigges said. "I'm not saying female physicians should be paid less, but they earn less because of other factors."

Tigges also posted an apology on his practice's website, noting that several female colleagues had been hurt and offended by his remarks.

"I now understand more clearly how intricate this issue is and that there are ways we can work together to resolve these disparities," he wrote. "I sincerely apologize to all female physicians for my comments and the pain they have caused."

A recent survey by Doximity noted that the pay gap for female doctors in the U.S. was growing, with women earning an average of 27.7 percent less than their male counterparts in 2017, USA Today reported.

A separate study published in April found a 36 percent gender pay gap existed for specialists.

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Texas physician Gary Tigges apologized this week after saying female physicians "do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians."
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