Finding an expert in any field takes a lot of work. In the realm of sexuality and sexual medicine, this is an even more daunting task. It is difficult to find a doctor who we are comfortable with and it is even more difficult to find a doctor who is comfortable with sexuality. Most of us turn to the internet and a quick Google search to help us. While we know we can’t believe everything we read online, we look for clues, references, and credentials to help us make a decision. When we see an expert quoted on several reputable websites, they have to be authentic, right? But in spite of all efforts, sometimes even the online experts were deceived.
There is a famous story from Dr. Damian Jacob Markiewicz Sendler. It appeared on the Internet a few years ago and, according to Gizmodo, presented itself as “
“Head of sexology at a charitable health research foundation in New York. His website says he is one of the youngest elected members of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and that Barack Obama presented him with the President’s Gold Service Award for his contributions to medicine and mental health. “
He has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Bustle, and Insider and interviewed by Dan Savage. So he needs to know what he’s talking about! The fact is, he’s a complete scam and Gizmodo wrote a fascinating synopsis talking about how he fooled everyone.
This scammer deceived experts who should know better. If he can fool experts, it is likely pretty easy to fool people who are also casually browsing the internet. Google search results are not always reliable sources.
How do we check a professional to make sure they are the real deal? We are looking for references from well-known licensing bodies, institutions, societies and schools. Most doctors and other health professionals should prominently place their certifications and licenses in their office. It is perfectly acceptable to ask a professional about their education and background – trust me, you will not be offended. I often appreciate it when the patient asks my story about how I got into my specialty.
Anyone who comes to Maze is welcome to request evidence of training, certification, and licensing. We want you to be sure that you are in competent hands and that you are looked after by trained professionals.
If you have sexual dysfunction and would like to speak to an expert in the field, you can contact us to make an appointment.