Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., M.P.T.

In Loving Memory
Paul M. Fleiss, MD, MPT
Sept. 18, 1933 to July 19, 2014

Paul Fleiss 1933 - 2014

Paul Fleiss 1933 – 2014

Dr. Fleiss was a father of 6 children and a much-loved and respected Pediatrician for 50 years in the Los Angeles, CA area.
He spoke up for babies and was a voice of reason about the importance of breastfeeding, attachment parenting and keeping boys intact. He genuinely loved babies and wanted them to have the best health possible. In 1997, Dr. Fleiss wrote an article for Mothering Magazine called “The Case Against Circumcision”. Peggy O’Mara, the founder of the magazine adopted that title for the forum on her website on the subject of ending circumcision. Peggy would not permit any discussion that endorsed male genital cutting and the name of the forum was self-explanatory. To read Dr. Fleiss’ article go to this reprint.

I met Dr. Fleiss when we both attended the International Symposium for Genital Integrity in Seattle, Washington; August 24–26, 2006. I was thrilled to meet him and be able to thank him for all his efforts to make life better and healthier for children.

Dr. Paul Fleiss, Gloria Lemay, Gillian Longley, Jenn Beaman and other intactivists in Seattle.

Dr. Paul Fleiss, Gloria Lemay, Gillian Longley, Jenn Beaman and other intactivists in Seattle.

Carla Hartley of Ancient Art Midwifery Institute brought us together again at a Trust Birth Conference in 2008 in California. I will remember him as a warm and happy man who made a big difference in the lives of those who were fortunate enough to read his books/articles, meet him professionally or use his services. He provided leadership to many physicians who have joined him in urging the abolition of male genital mutilation.

Jay Gordon, M.D. wrote about his memories of training with Paul Fleiss at

I offer deepest condolences to the family and close friends of Paul Fleiss. This fine man will be remembered with love and appreciation by doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, nurses and parents who will benefit from his work for a long time into the future. Gloria Lemay, Vancouver, BC Canada

5 thoughts on “Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., M.P.T.

  1. Dr. Fleiss was a Jewish American hero. RIP to a very brave man who was not afraid to admit he was wrong and ended up working for what’s right. Because of people like him we are going to end the genital mutilation of children in the US.

  2. Dr. Paul Fleiss was a God send to our family. Will there ever be another man more loved by so many who truly benefitted from having the privilege to be treated so exquisitely by him in his professional capacity. He is one human who truly should have been able to live forever.

  3. OMG, I’ll always be indebted to him for his expertise on a plan for Duane’s leg development.
    I’m glad I sent him a thank you years ago. Thanks for telling me Judie!
    He was a fine man & Dr❤
    Virgie Lewis Dinnocente
    PS Virgie was my sister and her Pediacrian said she had to put her toddler in cast from his feet to his waist. I sent her Dr Fliess and said take him to the beach and have him walk in the sand a lot. He grew up to not be pigeon toed and a state recognized athlete.
    Judie Lewis Zersen

  4. That makes my heart sad. He was our ped. for my fourth. The only doctor who didn’t bat an eye at our unassisted homebirth

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