From 1982 he was a consultant at the Charing Cross Hospital Gender Identity Clinic, and also ran a private practice as an alternate route to the NHS path for transsexuals. He worked with surgeons Peter Philip, James Dalrymple & Michael Royle. He was a member of the parliamentary forum on transsexuality, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ expert committee on transsexuality. He helped and guided hundreds of transsexuals.
Like John Money and Ray Blanchard, Dr Reid became interested in apotemnophilia, and referred two such patients to Robert Smith, surgeon at Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary who amputated their legs at their request. Then the hospital Trust stopped the procedure. Dr Reid was featured in the BBC2 program Complete Obsession about apotemnophilia.
In 2004 as the Gender Recognition Bill was proceeding through parliament, Reid faced an complaint to the General Medical Council that he too easily accepted patients for hormone therapy and surgery. The complaint was brought by four of his colleagues at the Charing Cross Hospital Gender Identity Clinic, psychiatrists James Barrett, Richard Green, Donald Montgomery and senior registrar Stuart Lorimer on behalf of four of his former patients. A fifth patient filed a separate complaint. (For more on the five patients see Batty, 2007). The patients included a convicted paedophile who thought that being female would get him closer to her boyfriend’s children, but lost interest in a sex change when that did not work out, and a woman with manic depression who thought that she was turning into Jesus and becoming male would help. In addition Charles Kane, Claudia and four other former patients started legal claims for damages against Dr Reid.
Reid retired from his NHS post in 2005, and in 2006, trans man and doctor, Richard Curtis, took over Reid’s private practice.
The complaints were formally addressed in 2007. The charge was that he did not adhere to the HBIGDA (now WPATH) Standards of Care in that he prescribed cross-gender hormones and recommended gender surgery without adequate assessment. Many of his professional peers spoke in his defence, as did more than 250 of his former patients who posted to a blog. He was found guilty of Serious Professional Misconduct, mostly for failing to communicate fully with patients’ family doctor (a rule that many doctors are unaware of) and not documenting his reasons for departing from the HBIGDA Standards of Care guidelines sufficiently. However, the panel "determined that it would be ... in the public interest as well as your own interests if you were to return to practice..." and allowed him to return to practice, subject to some normal, by GMC Fitness To Practice panel standards, restrictions on his practice and hormone prescriptions for the next 12 months.
* Not the Chicago plastic surgeon, nor the editor of The Sunday Post, nor the Liverpool graphic designer, nor Russell Reed, the impersonator, nor Russell Reid Ortiz the baseball player.
- D. Di de Cegli, James O. Dalrymple., L. Gooren, Richard Green, John Money, & Russell Reid. Transsexualism: The Current Medical Viewpoint. London: Press For Change. 1996.
- Russell Reid, Melanie McMullen, Stacy Novak, Ashley Carrington, et al. INSIGHTS into transvestism, transsexualism and other gender presentations. Insights. Nd
- Jemima Harrison & Vivienne King (dir). “Complete Obsession”. Science and Nature. With Russell Reid and Robert Smith. BBC2 9:30pm Thursday 17 Feb 2000. Transcript at: www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/1999/obsession_script.shtml.
- Carl Elliott. “A New Way to be Mad”. The Atlantic. December 2000. www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2000/12/a-new-way-to-be-mad/4671/1/.
- David Batty,. “GMC inquiry into gender change expert“ The Guardian. 20 Jan 2004 www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,4839988-103690,00.html.
- Russell Reid. “Minefields and Pitfalls in Gender Identity Disorder, for both Patient and Doctor”. Gendys Conference, 2004. www.gender.org.uk/conf/2004/04reid.htm
- Peter Tatchell. “Listening is not a crime”. The Guardian. 6 October 2006. www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2006/oct/06/drrussellreidunjustlyaccus.
- “Fitness to Practise Panel Hearing: Dr Russell Warwick Stedman Reid” General Medical Council. 25 May 2007. http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Guardian/documents/2007/05/25/reid.PDF.
- David Batty. “Q&A: Russell Reid Inquiry”. The Guardian. 25 May 2007. http://society.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329615991-105965,00.html.
- David Batty. “Russell Reid inquiry: key figures: David Batty profiles the main people in the inquiry into the treatment of transsexuals by Dr Russell Reid”. The Guardian. 25 May 2007. www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/may/25/health.society.
Russell Reid has kept his private life very so. There is no mention of a wife or civil partner or anything.
I am one of hundreds who passed through Dr Reid's gatekeeping and have never complained to the GMC or taken him to court.