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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A University of Michigan surgeon has resigned a leadership post with the American College of Surgeons after writing an editorial in the organization’s newspaper that critics say demeaned women.

Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield released a statement to The Associated Press on Monday saying he was stepping down as president-elect of the national group.

In a column that Greenfield described as “light-hearted,” he wrote that science indicates semen has a mood-enhancing effect on women and concluded it was a better Valentine’s Day gift than chocolates.

The editorial angered some members of the Chicago-based surgeons’ group, who said it was sexist.

In his statement, Greenfield says his apologies to the association’s board were ignored and he resigned to avoid further disruption.

He is an emeritus professor of surgery at the university.


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