Pierre Kory is an American critical care physician who gained attention during the COVID-19 pandemic for advocating widespread use of unproven drugs as treatments. Kory testified in front of the U.S. Senate twice regarding COVID-19. During his testimony on December 8, 2020, Kory erroneously claimed that the antiparasitic medication ivermectin was a "wonder drug" with "miraculous effectiveness" against COVID-19.
In 2002, Kory graduated from St. George's University with an MD and completed residency and fellowship training in critical care and pulmonary medicine. He did clinical rotations at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine.
Kory first practised in Madison, WI at UW Health, which is the academic medical center at the University of Wisconsin. He served there as the medical director for the Trauma and Life Support Center, in the outpatient pulmonary medicine clinic, and performed bronchoscopic and pleural procedures.
Kory is an expert in critical care ultrasonography. In 2015, along with his co-editors Kory won the British Medical Association’s 2015 President’s Choice award in medical textbooks for their work on "Point of Care Ultrasound".
Kory was in May 2020 "Critical Care Service Chief" at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Kory then joined Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. After his participation in a 8 December 2020 meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee in which he expounded the benefits of ivermectin for COVID-19, he resigned from Aurora St Luke's, telling a reporter the hospital wanted to limit his freedom to speak.
In December 2020, Chair of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee Ron Johnson used a Senate hearing to promote fringe theories about COVID-19. Kory, who was among the witnesses, erroneously described ivermectin as "miraculous" and as a "wonder drug" to be used against COVID-19. Video footage of his statements went viral on social media, receiving over one million views as of 11 December.
Early in the pandemic, Kory advocated for using increasing doses of steroids for hospitalized people with COVID-19, at a time when the general recommendation was merely for supportive care. Kory sees subsequent evidence from the RECOVERY Trial, which showed benefit from lower doses of corticosteroids, as vindicating his approach; medical researcher Kevin J. Tracey has said it is still unknown whether Kory's approach was beneficial or harmful. Kory has used other unapproved drugs in his treatment regimes including pepcid and intravenous vitamin C.
- Soni, Nilam J; Arntfield, Robert; Kory, Pierre, eds. (2015). Point of Care Ultrasound. Elsevier.
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