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Marc K. Siegel
OccupationPhysician, Clinical Professor
EmployerNYU Langone Medical Center, Fox News
Known forPhysician and faculty member NYU Langone Medical Center, Medical contributor Fox News Channel, author
TitleDoctor of Medicine
WebsiteOfficial website

Marc K. Siegel is an American physician, Professor of Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center, author, and contributor to Fox News.[1]

Books and media commentary

Downplaying pandemic infectious disease

In his writings and interviews, Siegel criticized public health officials and the press for what he considered to be overreactions to, or excessive focus on, infectious disease outbreaks, such as the swine flu, SARS, and Avian influenza outbreaks, arguing that resources should be directed toward other health threats.[2][3] He has written two books promoting this view: False Alarm: the Truth About the Epidemic of Fear (2005),[4] and Bird Flu: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Pandemic (2006),[2]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Siegel frequently appeared in conservative media where he pushed medical advice that contradicted CDC guidelines.[5] In an March 2020 appearance on Fox News's Hannity, Siegel incorrectly claimed that COVID-19 "should be compared to the flu. Because at worst, at worst, worst-case scenario it could be the flu."[6][7][8] A study by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Dolores Albarracin, published in the peer-reviewed Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review in April 2020, identified Siegel's statement as part of a broader set of COVID-19 misinformation circulating in conservative media; the study found that Americans who relied upon Fox News and other right-wing sources for news were more likely to credit conspiracy theories or baseless rumors than Americans who relied upon mainstream sources.[7][9] Author and media analyst Brian Stelter, in his book Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, wrote that Siegel's "just-the-flu" claim "was shockingly irresponsible stuff" and that Fox News executives were aware of this, because they had at the time already begun taking precautions.[10]

Siegel has praised President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.[5] In July 2020, Siegel interviewed Trump on Fox News about the results of his recent cognitive assessment. During the interview, Trump described the test's contents using the phrase "person, woman, man, camera, TV"; Trump's remark went viral and was widely parodied.[11][12]

Affordable Care Act

Siegel criticized President Barack Obama over his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a health care reform legislation.[13] In 2017, Siegel wrote an op-ed in the New York Times that criticized the ACA and its essential health benefits provision (which he described as "an overstuffed prix fixe meal filled with benefits like maternity and mental health coverage") and praised the Republican legislation to repeal the ACA.[14]

Hillary Clinton health conspiracy

In Fox News appearances during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Siegel fueled unfounded right-wing conspiracy theories suggesting that candidate Hillary Clinton, whom Siegel never examined, had a hidden serious illness that raised questions about her physical fitness for office.[15][16][17]

Paranormal perception and healing

In The Inner Pulse: Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health (2011),[18] Siegel posits perceptible but ineffable and immeasurable "essential life force" "where the physical and the spiritual combine" which he has come to listen to and learn from and whose guidance he follows, advising readers to engage in practices to strengthen and focus it for use in overcoming disease and healing.

Personal life

He was born on June 15, 1956 in New York. He is married to Ludmilla Luda Siegel who is a physician and neurologist. They have 3 children.

Siegel is Jewish and cites the Oath of Maimonides as a medical ethics influence.[13]


He attended East Meadow High School. Following high school, he went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island from 1974 to 1978. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1985 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1988 at the New York University Medical Center.[19]

See also


  1. ^ "Dr. Marc Siegel". Profile. Fox News. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Gross, Terry (Feb 2, 2006). "The Next Pandemic: Bird Flu, or Fear?". NPR. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Marc Siegel, False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear (Wiley, 2005), Google Books.
  5. ^ a b Pesca, Mike (2020-04-13). "Fox's Favorite Physician Has Bad Advice for Viewers". Slate. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  6. ^ Egan, Elisabeth (2020-09-10). "In 'Hoax,' Brian Stelter Ventures Where No Author Has Gone Before". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  7. ^ a b Christopher Ingraham (June 25, 2020). "New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ Staff. "Fox's Dr. Marc Siegel says "worse case scenario" for coronavirus is "it could be the flu"". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  9. ^ Kathleen Hall Jamieson & Dolores Albarracin, The Relation between Media Consumption and Misinformation at the Outset of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in the US, Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review (April 20, 2020).
  10. ^ In 'Hoax,' Brian Stelter Ventures Where No Author Has Gone Before, New York Times (September 10, 2020).
  11. ^ Late Night Isn't Impressed with Trump’s Cognitive Dissonance, New York Times (July 24, 2020).
  12. ^ Katie Rogers, Trump Defends His Cognitive Testing Results on Fox News. Again., New York Times (July 22, 2020).
  13. ^ a b Siegel, Marc K. (August 26, 2009). "Jewish Doctor: I choose Maimonides over Obama". New York Post. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  14. ^ Marc K. Siegel, What the Republican Health Plan Gets Right, New York Times (May 5, 2017).
  15. ^ James Hamblin, When Hillary Clinton Coughs, The Atlantic (September 6, 2016).
  16. ^ David Weigel, In prime time, Sean Hannity carries out a Clinton medical 'investigation', Washington Post (August 11, 2016).
  17. ^ Callum Borchers, A guide to Hillary Clinton’s many 'illnesses,' as diagnosed in the conservative media, Washington Post (August 23, 2016).
  18. ^ "The Inner Pulse: Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health". Publisher's Weekly. May 16, 2011. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  19. ^ M, David. "Dr Marc Siegel Net Worth, How old, Age, Wife, Education, Bio Wikipedia". Retrieved 2021-03-26.

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