MAYO CLINIC fires Female Genital Mutilation-supporting Muslim pediatrician

Dr. Elhagaly is no longer employed or caring for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. We are working with his patients to transition their care to another physician. Female circumcision in children, referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes, is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo Clinic facility.

CHANGE  (H/T Don L) Hatem Elhagaly (AKA “Hatem Al Haj”) worked as a doctor in Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea, MN. His special interests are in child development.

He is also a proponent of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

In an Arabic-language paper entitledCircumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine” (original here and here), Elhagaly (AKA “Al Haj”) repeatedly points to the idea that FGM is “an honor” for women, ignoring FGM’s extremely detrimental effects on women’s health and the barbarity of the practice. He attempts to justify his ideas by referencing scholars from several schools of Islamic thought and also the words of Muhammad, including the idea that FGM is desirable “because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.” 

Hatem Elhagaly was taking care of young girls in Albert Lea, MN. We cannot entrust our children’s medical care to a man who supports horrific, brutal, and illegal mutilatory practices.

Learn more about him at his website where he says, “Some websites known for their Islamophobia have been waging a campaign against me because of statements I made regarding female circumcision, known as female genital cutting, (and many unjustifiably insist on calling all of its forms, female genital mutilation.”

Hatem Elhagaly is already gone from his job at the Mayo Clinic. I now demand that the various medical boards that support him revoke his certifications.


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Short Bio
Dr. Hatem al-Haj


D.O.B.: 9/6/1388 AH. 09/02/1968 AD. Born in Cairo, Egypt
Currently, resides in the United States of America
Married and has four children


PhD in Comparative Fiqh from al-Jinan University, Tripoli, Lebanon, Grade: summa cum laude (excellent).
Master’s Degree in Islamic law (Sharee’a) from the American Open University, Grade: summa cum laude (excellent).
Board Certification in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.
M.B., CH.B. (Equivalent to MD) Graduated with Honors from Alexandria University Medical School, Alexandria, Egypt


Currently, Dean of College of Islamic Studies – Mishkah University.
Currently, Part-Time Pediatrician.
1991-1994 Imam, Masjid al-Birr, Astoria, NY, NY.


The Building Blocks of Islam, President of the BOT.
Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA), Member of the Permanent Fatwa Committee
North American Imam Federation (NAIF), Member
American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow