Medical SchoolNo medical training; never attended medical school.
AffiliationsTHIS ABORTIONIST IS INACTIVE.
AddressLas Vegas, NV, USA
Fake doctor Rick Van Thiel was a convicted felon, burglar, former porn actor, and sex toy inventor. Dubbed the “YouTube Doctor,” he claimed he taught himself to perform surgery and abortions by watching YouTube videos. “Doctor” Van Thiel plied his trade on internet sex sites and Craigslist, luring in low-income clients. He peddled an assortment of bogus medical services: “treatments” for HIV and cancer, tooth extractions, root canals, castrations, circumcisions, and cheap, $200 abortions. Van Thiel illegally “treated” nearly 90 patients in a dirty backyard trailer, allegedly causing at least three deaths. Van Thiel was arrested on $1 million bail and charged with multiple felonies. His alleged crimes included 87 victims, 3 deaths, numerous sexual assaults, illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and practicing medicine without a license. On July 21, 2017, Rick Van Thiel committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell while awaiting trial. He was 54.
FULL INTERVIEW: Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, says he learned surgical procedures on YouTube -- KSNV Channel 3 News, Las Vegas - Oct 7, 2015
Tour of the Trailer of Terror - KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas, Nov 6, 2015
'Dr. Rick' Van Thiel Operates and Pontificates: Sovereign citizen and ex-porn star Rick Van Thiel bares all for "surgery" (graphic), chemtrails, and gun rights. -- Oct 13, 2015
Appallingly dangerous illegal abortionists surface in Detroit & Las VegasOperation Rescue report, 10-14-2015. Abortion Quack Rick Van Thiel arrested on Sept 30, 2015.
Full interview: Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, says he learned surgical procedures on YouTubeKSNV Channel 3 News, Las Vegas - 10-7-2015
Underground Abortions: Beware of Alarming New Trend!Operation Rescue report, 9-12-2016
Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, held on $1 million bondKSNV Channel 3, Las Vegas, 10-20-2015
Judge says 'fake doctor' presents 'more of a danger to the community than a serial killer' as prosecutors link him with three deathsDaily Mail.com, 10-21-2015
Nevada Sovereign Citizen Indicted for Illegal Practice of MedicineSouthern Poverty Law Center, 6-22-2016
Police say felon posing as doctor claimed to have cured STDs, been a porn actorLas Vegas Sun, 10-7-2015
Exclusive: Look inside ‘Dr. Rick’s’ backyard trailer clinic — KTNV News, Las Vegas, 11-5-2015
Sovereign Citizen 'Doctor' Accused of Performing Abortions, Circumcisions, and Treating CancerSouthern Poverty Law Center, 10-14-2015
Woman says a visit to 'doctor' was a nightmare on Monroe AvenueLas Vegas Review-Journal, 10-9-2015. Susan Stio recounts her nightmarish experience visiting fake doctor Rick Van Thiel.
Las Vegas “YouTube Abortionist” Committed Suicide in Jail While Awaiting TrialOn July 21, 2017, Rick Van Thiel hangs himself in his jail cell while awaiting trial.