Thomas Radecki

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Thomas Radecki
Born1946 (age 7273)
Occupationpsychiatrist, lawyer
Known foropposition to portrayals of violence

Thomas Edward Radecki (born 1946) [1] is a former American psychiatrist, founding member of the National Coalition on Television Violence and convicted criminal. He is known for his controversial views on the effects of portrayals of violence on teens and his opposition to depictions of violence in any form. He started serving an 11- to 22-year prison sentence for charges related to the prescription of opioids in July, 2016.



He attended Ohio State College of Medicine, (class of 1973), [2] where he received his MD. His postgraduate education was done at the Philadelphia General Hospital (06/30/1974) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (06/30/1976). [1]

Ohio State University College of Medicine

The Ohio State University College of Medicine is the medical school at The Ohio State University and is located in Columbus, Ohio. The college is nationally recognized as a top institution in both education and research, as reflected by rankings in U.S. News & World Report. In 2009, its primary teaching hospital was ranked as one of the best hospitals in the U.S. in 10 different specialties; it was chosen to be among the 21 hospitals named to U.S. News & World Report's select honor roll of U.S. hospitals.

Doctor of Medicine is a medical degree, the meaning of which varies between different jurisdictions. In the United States, Canada and some other countries, the M.D. denotes a professional graduate degree awarded upon graduation from medical school. In the United States, this generally arose because many in 18th century medical profession trained in Scotland, which used the M.D. degree nomenclature. In England, however, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery was used and eventually in the 19th century became the standard in Scotland too. Thus, in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries, the M.D. is a research doctorate, higher doctorate, honorary doctorate or applied clinical degree restricted to those who already hold a professional degree in medicine; in those countries, the equivalent professional to the North American and some others use of M.D. is still typically titled Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.).

Postgraduate education, or graduate education in North America, involves learning and studying for academic or professional degrees, academic or professional certificates, academic or professional diplomas, or other qualifications for which a first or bachelor's degree generally is required, and it is normally considered to be part of higher education. In North America, this level is typically referred to as graduate school.

He received his JD after studies at the Oklahoma City University School of Law (1995-1996), and the Southern Illinois University School of Law (1996-1998).

Oklahoma City University School of Law

Oklahoma City University School of Law, also known as OCU Law, is one of the professional graduate schools of Oklahoma City University. OCU Law is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was founded in 1907. OCU Law was located in the Sarkeys Law Center on the southwest side of the Oklahoma City University campus until Spring 2015, when it moved to a new campus near downtown Oklahoma City.

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University School of Law is one of three public law schools in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located in Carbondale, Illinois, it is the only law school in the southern region of Illinois.


He practiced or was licensed to practice as a doctor in West Virginia (1977-1979) and Kentucky. [1]

In 1985 Radecki cited a fictitious letter written by a character in the novel Mazes and Monsters as "proof" that the game Dungeons & Dragons had caused the death of gamers. [3] In 1987 he testified as an expert on the effects of Dungeons & Dragons on behalf of Darren Molitor (convicted of murder in 1985) at an appeal, along with Patricia Pulling. The court rejected his testimony. [4] He also testified in at least 12 other cases, all unsuccessfully.{citation needed}

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It later emerged that his claims of being on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine were based solely in being listed as "clinical faculty" (signifying that he was accredited to practice at a teaching hospital). He continued to claim this faculty status for years after accreditation was removed in 1985. [5]

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A teaching hospital or university hospital is a hospital or medical center that provides medical education and training to future and current health professionals and that is involved in medical research. Teaching hospitals are often affiliated with medical schools and work closely with medical students throughout their period of matriculation, and especially during their clerkship (internship) years. In most cases, teaching hospitals also offer Graduate Medical Education (GME)/ physician residency programs, where medical school graduates train under a supervising (attending) physician to assist with the coordination of care.

In March 1992, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation revoked his medical license for a five-year minimum as a result of his "engaging in immoral conduct of an unprofessional nature with a patient". [6]

Radecki resigned from NCTV, turning it over to a colleague, Carole Lieberman. His request for early reinstatement of his license was later rejected, following complaints about his Surrogate Parenting Institute, a fertility clinic. His license was later restored in 2002, [7] and he was placed on probation, which ended in 2008. [8]

He was also RD for the International Coalition Against Violent Entertainment, which published a 1988 study of films and the level of violence therein, [9] as well as a board member of the Parents Music Resource Center. [10]

He has advocated for the use of Tramadol as a replacement of Suboxone. [11]

In September 2012, Radecki voluntarily surrendered his Pennsylvania medical license while facing allegations of unprofessional conduct with patients. The allegations included claims Radecki traded drugs to patients in exchange for sex. [12]

In August 2013, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Radecki's arrest for over-prescribing, trading opioid-addiction treatment drugs for sex [13] through a program he ran in several counties called "Doctors & Lawyers for a Drug Free Youth". [14] In June 2016, he was sentenced to an 11 to 22-year prison term as a result of the case. [15] In February 2018, a judge rejected a request that his sentence be reduced because of his age and because of what Radecki claimed was improperly introduced evidence in his case. [14]


He is well known[ citation needed ] for the following quote:

The evidence in these cases is really quite impressive. There is no doubt in my mind that the game Dungeons and Dragons is causing young men to kill themselves and others. The game is one of non-stop combat and violence. Although I am sure that the people at TSR mean no harm, that is exactly what their games are causing. Based on player interviews and game materials, it is clear to me that this game is desensitizing players to violence, and, causing an increased tendency to violent behavior.

Thomas Radecki, [16]


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